Bette Rainbow Hoover
Bette Rainbow Hoover has been a circle keeper and group facilitator for many years. She founded Just Peace Circles, Inc in 2007 to continue her work for peace with justice. Just Peace Circles, Inc is a founding member of the Circle of Restorative Initiatives of Maryland www.crimaryland.org. The coalition organizes bi-annual conferences on restorative justice and initiates programs in communities, schools and prisons.
Bette directed the Washington, DC (local) office of the American Friends Service Committee www.afsc.org for more than a decade. She set up literacy and empowerment programs for women and taught conflict resolution to teens. She organized protests for causes of social justice, took part in acts of civil disobedience and led nonviolence and consensus building workshops for activists. Bette provided training in The Listening Project www.listeningproject.org as a tool for community organizing, led Alternatives to Violence workshops in maximum security prisons and Help Increase the Peace projects in inner city schools. She served on the board of the Washington Peace Center www.washingtonpeacecenter.org where she received an award for outstanding service.
As a participant of the Friends Peace Teams, Bette traveled to Burundi in East Africa and to Indonesia www.fpt.org. In Honduras and Nicaragua, she has worked with victims of rape and torture. In the Middle East, JPC worked with BUSTAN www.bustan.org to support the Bedouins in the Negev. Several decades earlier Bette was a founder of CASA de Maryland www.casademaryland.org in solidarity with people caught in conflicts and wars in Central America and elsewhere. Partnering with http://www.pronica.org she takes teams of peacemakers and healers to Nicaragua at least annually. The group facilitates retreats for the staff of ProNica’s partners to build resiliency and prevent burnout.
Bette is a facilitator of circles, mediator, healer, registered nurse, massage therapist, yoga teacher, mom and mema (grandmother). Her spiritual practices are based on earth and indigenous wisdom and the light within. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), has served as Clerk of the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, represented the Baltimore Yearly Meeting at the International Gathering of Friends in Peru (January 2016) and serves on various committees. email@example.com