Welcome to Just Peace Circles!

Peace circles are ancient to the future and relevant in the present.

We come together in circles to seek peace and to celebrate, for healing and community building.  Together we seek to understand trauma and what is needed to heal ourselves, our wounded communities and our world.

Circle keepers facilitate the process to discover shared values, ask the right questions and guide participants towards appropriate actions.

Circling up is catching  on – making hierarchy passé!

~Just Peace  Circles, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization~

Refugee Advocacy Event 2019

Learn about the current crisis and how you can help. A panel discussion led by experts from: CASA de Maryland, International Refugee Committee, Lutheran Social Services, Refugees International and United Mission for Relief and Development. Art & music by refugees. Refreshments served.

Friday, June 7, 2019 from 7 – 9 pm

Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

For more info: contact e.jake0505@gmail.com or bette@justpeacecircles.org

Youth Peace Conference 2019

The 4th Annual Youth Peace Conference will be held at Blake High School in Montgomery County, MD on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9 – 3 pm.  Sponsored by the Peace Committee of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting (Quakers), this youth organized event honors the legacy of Quaker peace activists Bayard Rustin and Lee Stern.  The theme is “Student Activism: Past and Present.” Youth from 8 – 12 grades can register at http://www.youthpeaceconference.org


YPC 2018 held at Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, Maryland

World Refugee Day June 20, 2018

Let’s  join others around the world on this day to commemorate the strengths, courage and resilience of those displaced from their homes.  

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says, “World Refugee Day is an expression of solidarity with people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or persecution.  The latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, show that at least 65.6 million people — 1 of every 113 members of the human family — have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders.” www.unhcr.org

Meet the artists of the exhibit “Uprooted: The Art of Refugees” and hear their stories.  

Speakers from: IRC International Rescue Committee www.rescue.org ,CASA de Maryland www.casademaryland.org , TPS/Temporary Protection Status, LSS Lutheran Social Services www.lssnca.org, CAIR Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition www.caircoalition.org and others.

Music and refreshments. All ages welcome. 

For more information: bettehoover@icloud.com or exhibits@sandyspringmuseum.org

Wednesday, June 20th from 6:30 – 9 pm at Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 http://www.sandyspring.org



Maryland’s 7th Restorative Justice Conference
NOVEMBER 8 & 9, 2018

Featured Speakers:
Alonzo T. Washington, Maryland House of Delegates
Carl Stauffer, Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice
Stephanie Briggs, Community College of Baltimore County
David Yusem, Oakland Unified School District

Pre-Conference Institute: Implementing Restorative Practices
in Schools District-Wide
Thursday Morning, November 8, 2018

Registration Opens March 2018
New Location: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)!
Proudly presented by the Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI), a statewide network promoting restorative principles, practices and initiatives throughout Maryland.

Love over Hate Rally 8/20/17

Love over Hate – Statements and prayers made by speakers at a Rally in Montgomery Co, MD on Sunday, August 20th at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church

We declare inclusivity and say no to all systems of white supremacy!
We call on all public officials to call out any white supremacists that continue to give it credibility.
We put aside any petty differences and buy into a larger agenda of love over hate.
We stand against hateful speech and actions now and forever.
May the power of love descend on our broken hearts.
Only love can conquer hate!
We declare no darkness will come to this place of Light and Life.
We will confront hatred wherever it emerges.
We need to risk our comfort and privilege and wander into the wilderness together.
White America – you can no longer stand on the side and enjoy your white privilege.
We all need to challenge those closest to us – our family and friends and neighbors.
It’s important to show up! We need to outnumber the far right 1000 to one.
We have a sacred obligation to fight racism.
(Charlottesville was a symptom of a sore that has not healed.)
What affects one of us affects all of us. We need to hold each others’ hands.
We seek God’s guidance that all may be well.
We are stronger together! Love wants justice for all!
Are we preaching to the choir?? Perhaps the choir isn’t singing loudly enough!!
It’s not Right or Left – it’s right or wrong.

Om Shanti Om



Healing & Building Resiliency Workshop

A Peace Circle to help us gain a greater understanding of our own multiple traumas and seek ways to heal ourselves and do our part to heal the world.  With movement, mediation and ideas for self soothing, we build a better base for being resilient in a battered world.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 10am – 3 pm near Clarksville, MD. Register with Hannahgresser@gmail.com or Bette at 202-329-4667. Donation requested. Brunch starts at 9:30 am.

Restorative Justice Conference

The Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI) http://www.crimaryland.org presents the 6th R.J. Conference on November 17 & 18 at Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland. “Exploring Intersections between Restorative Justice and Race” features Nancy Riestenberg, Author of  Circle in the Square: Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools and many workshops.

Just Peace Circles will present a workshop on “Circles and Trauma Healing” on Thursday, Nov 17 @ 2 pm.