OEP Events

Here are OEP and ally events coming up in our community.

Also, look at recent past events to see more of what we do.


  • Saturday, May 04, 2024 at 07:30 PM · 9 rsvps


    The Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team works to galvanize the Church of the Brethren to be faithful as an effective force for reducing gun violence in our neighborhoods and wherever it occurs.

    Are you concerned about the escalating issue of gun violence in our country? Do you long to make a meaningful difference but want to connect with other Brethren in addressing this challenge from a Jesus-centered perspective? Do you want your congregation to speak up and take action on this issue but don’t know how to get started? 

    Join us on Saturday May 4 at 7:30pm Eastern (4:30pm Pacific), for our quarterly Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Organizing Meeting.  See the start time in your time zone (click here).

    Main Topic: We will prepare for launching 2024 Wear Orange (June 7-9) in our congregations.  Learn more here. 

    The meeting will be led by members of the CoB Gun Violence Prevention Action Team along with staff and interns of On Earth Peace. 

    It can be easy to feel despair as we watch the news. Let us build hope together and move forward into ongoing efforts to heal our communities. We need YOU to expand this work.  Whether you or your congregation have already taken steps or are looking to get involved, OEP’s Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team invites you to our third quarterly organizing meeting specifically for gun violence prevention advocates connected to the Church of the Brethren.

    Previous attendance at our quarterly meetings is not required, but we will build on work done in the previous meeting. Slides and resources from our previous meetings can be found here:

    December 2023: [https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1LTc6HVDGMSBB_2bpn36BXF4BnCnHHsje

    March 2024: [https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1p2EFTHus1rH8nxB85t8O9-8slX6kKOgD

    Event Details:

    Date: May 4th, 2024

    Time: 7:30pm Eastern Time

    See the start time in your time zone: https://dateful.com/eventlink/1062684560

    Location: Zoom

    What to Expect:

    • Prepare for the launching of the Wear Orange campaign this year in June in our congregations
    • Hear updates on the work of the Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team
    • Learn what other Church of the Brethren congregations are doing on this issue 
    • Reflect on your potential role in the movement and how you can contribute
    • Connect with like-minded individuals from within the Church of the Brethren who share your concerns
    • Get energized and empowered for the work ahead through practical skill-sharing and spiritual formation
    • Collaboratively identify immediate next steps in you and your congregation’s own action against gun violence

    With this program, On Earth Peace's aim is to build capacity, commitment, courage, and a collective way forward in the fight against gun violence. The Church of the Brethren Gun Violence Prevention Action Team has formed with the support of OEP to galvanize the Church of the Brethren to be faithful as an effective force for reducing gun violence in our neighborhoods and wherever it occurs.

    Come be part of the change. Let's work together to create a safer future for our communities.

  • Saturday, June 01, 2024 at 05:00 AM

    3000 Miles for Peace 2024

    Join us in a peer-to-peer fundraiser to support the work of On Earth Peace. Throughout the month of June, the OEP community will collectively walk, run, dance, swim, shoot hoops, anything! to accumulate miles towards our goal. In April and May, the fundraising phase of the event begins. Money raised through the 3000 Miles for Peace event will go towards the 2024 budget and to the Paul Zeigler Young Peacemaker Fund endowment.

    This year as On Earth Peace celebrates its 50th Anniversary, we are excited to once again hold a 3000 Miles for Peace event.  The event is hosted through a platform called Racery.  To join the event, follow this link- https://onearthpeace.racery.com/r/3000-miles-for-peace/.  There you are invited to join the 3000 Miles for Peace event and offered a dashboard that includes a fundraising link to share with your friends and family and a link to invite others to join.  There is a $25 registration fee ($11 covers the platform services, $14 goes directly to On Earth Peace).  Coupons for complementary registration are available by contacting Marie at [email protected].

    In June, we will be able to track our collective progress to reaching our 3000 miles goal.  The virtual route connects On Earth Peace staff- Darlene in New Windsor, MD, Marie in Trumansburg, NY, and Matt in Portland, OR for 3000 miles. 

    We look forward to this event that connects all of the OEP community!  Thank you for your efforts to fundraise on our behalf and have fun as you consider the activities you will participate in throughout June!

    In 2013, the initial 3000 Miles for Peace campaign got people moving in honor of Paul Ziegler, a young peacebuilder who died tragically on his bicycle in a highway accident in September 2012.  Paul had planned to ride his bike 3000 miles across the continent in the summer of 2015 as a witness for peace, gathering fellow riders along the way and raising funds for building peace. On Earth Peace worked with Paul's family to plan the initial 3000 Miles for Peace campaign in Paul's honor.   Inspired by his life and his planned epic ride, over 1,500 people took part in more than 50 local events which included biking, walking, canoeing, hiking, running, as well as dribbling soccer balls, rocking chairs and lifting weights.  It was clear that whatever activity they chose, people saw their participation in the campaign as an expression of their belief in the importance of peace in our world.  In 2016, On Earth Peace launched our internship program funded in part by the Paul Zeigler Young Peacemaker Fund. 

    Thank you to our sponsors for this event:

    • McPherson College
    • LaVerne Church of the Brethren Games & Goodies Group
    • On Earth Peace Intern Alumni
    • Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBTQ Interests

    To learn more about sponsoring On Earth Peace's 50th Anniversary events, contact Marie at [email protected].

  • Sunday, July 07, 2024 at 05:30 PM through July 13, 2024
    Camp Brethren Heights in Rodney, MI

    Song and Story Fest 2024



    Muddy Waters Song & Story Fest:

    Exploring the Heights and Depths of Community  


    July 7-13, 2024

    Camp Brethren Heights, Rodney, Michigan


    A Family Camp featuring Brethren musicians and storytellers in the woods and lakelands of central Michigan!


    RSVP Here


    Seems like we’ve been here before!

    Yes, we’re back in central Michigan for the 28th Song & Story Fest.

    But we’re also still floundering in the muddy waters of national and international turmoil.  

    Seven years ago the brochure read: 

    “It seems like we are coursing down a raging river of ignorance and regression.  Bouncing around and over big and dangerous rapids that threaten to capsize us, we are in the midst of deep waters on all sides: religious, political, and economic differences that divide and conquer any unity we might experience as one people, under God’s care and guidance.”


    Actually, today we are more mired in muddy waters than bouncing down rapids.

    And we don’t know about you, but our sense of community seems to be getting smaller and more limited than ever, at least domestically.  

    Brethren, Christian, American – Do you even want to claim to be part of these communities?  

    But maybe in these hard and muddy times we are called to witness and proclaim the values that we have learned from Jesus and these very same communities.

    Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that being community isn’t easy, that it carries highs and lows.  So, you are invited to join us in Exploring the Heights and Depths of Community!

    Together we’ll find some islands of hope and understanding to rest upon and regroup, and then plunge back into the muddy waters with the exasperating/beautiful people around us. 

    Come and muck about with us in the 2024 Swamp!


    Storytellers and Workshop Leaders:


    Susan Boyer     Debbie Eisenbise     Anna Lisa Gross  

     Kathy Guisewite    Jonathan Hunter     Jim Lehman     


    Campfire, Workshop, and Concert Musicians:


    Greg & Rhonda Baker       Louise Brodie       Hannah Button-Harrison 

    Jenny & Jeffrey Faus Family       Erin and Cody Flory Robertson

    Chris Good       Tim & Byron Joseph & Marlene Wood   

    Brian Kruschwitz       Peg Lehman       Mike Stern


    Join us on the lakeshore

    at Camp Brethren Heights!


    An Intergenerational Camp for All Ages - 

    Single persons and families of any size and shape will enjoy this combination of performance and participation in the wooded hills and lakes of central Michigan.


    Mornings  -  Intergenerational gatherings and worship will be followed by workshops for adults, children, and youth to help us:


    • Reconnect with the God of all creation and with each other
    • Tell the stories that make for peace and rekindle faith
    • Sing the words of our hearts in gratitude for the unceasing power of life
    • Root and ground ourselves in the Jesus Way
    • Deepen our connections with each other and the earth
    • Celebrate peace, creation, and life
    • Dance in circles, lines, and squares
    • Learn the skills of peace-making and justice-seeking


    Afternoons  -  Free for family time, recreation, nature walks, story swaps, and music making.


    Evenings  -  Campfires, snacks, and concerts or a folk dance.  


    Song & Story Fest #28:

    This is the twenty-eighth summer in a row for these Song and Story Fests and is our third venture into the great state of Michigan, home to a number of regular participants and leaders. The Fest will begin on Sunday evening, July 7, with supper at 5:30 p.m., an opening campfire, and some music and dancing.  We’ll close the Fest on Saturday morning, July 13, after breakfast, worship and hugs.  


    On Earth Peace will again co-sponsor the Fest, providing leadership and administrative support.


    Camp Brethren Heights is located amid the lakes of central Michigan near Rodney, Michigan, about 64 miles north of Grand Rapids off US-131, Exit 139 (Big Rapids), and then approximately 16 miles east on M-20 and other roads. Check out the website at www.campbrethrenheightsmi.org for directions and more about the Camp.


    The Camp overlooks Jehnsen Lake which is great for swimming, canoeing, and fishing.  The Camp even owns a small island in the lake, a favorite destination.  There are plenty of opportunities to interact with nature on hiking trails, mucking in the swamp, watching the eagles and loons, and more! 


    Lodging  -  Campers will sleep in rustic cabins or dorms furnished with bunk beds (all now have electricity) or in your own tent or RV.  Plan on sharing cabin space with other individuals or families, so please, on your registration indicate anyone with whom you want to share space.  Please bring your own bedding and towels as the Camp doesn’t provide these.  There are a number of hookups for RVs with electricity (20 or 30 amp).  Hot showers are provided in common bathhouses.  There are no motel style rooms available in camp for those with advanced age/special needs.  If needed, look for hotels in Big Rapids, a 20 minute drive.


    Food  - Judy Gump and Arlene Kindy will be cooking for us again this year, so complete vegetarian options will be available at every meal.  If you have special dietary, health or housing needs, please note them on your registration and we’ll do our best to meet them.  Please bring a new table grace to add to our repertoire.


    Craft Project  -  Contact Michelle Davis ([email protected]) if you have a good craft project to share and lead.


    Registration and Fees: 

    Registration includes all meals, on-site facilities, and leadership; and is based upon age.  Children 4 and under are welcome, no charge.


    Adults                                   $ 370.00

    Teens 13 - 19                       $ 240.00

    Children 5 - 12                     $ 160.00

    Maximum Fee per Family    $ 1000.00

    Please register now and remit the entire fee by June 1.  Registrations post-marked after June 1 should add 10% as a late fee.  No discount for off-site, tent or RV housing.


    Daily Fee -  $45/adult, $30/teen, $20/child, $120/family, includes all meals and program. Lodging is an additional $15/night/person.


    Contact Rachel Long at [email protected] if you need financial help.


    and pay online

    - OR -

    Send a check to the address below:

    On Earth Peace, P. O. Box 188; New Windsor, MD  21776

    Phone: 410-635-8704 - Eastern Std.Time; [email protected]


    For general questions, email the Song and Story Fest planning committee at [email protected].


    For additional information or with program questions contact:


    Ken Kline Smeltzer, Director, 1452 Willowbrook Drive, Boalsburg, PA 16827-1668

    814-571-0495 (mobile); 814-466-6491 (home); or [email protected] 


    We expect a high turnout, so be advised to register early!

    If you live nearby, please bring a lawn chair to sit on. 


    Travel  -  Grand Rapids is the closest airport, about 80 miles away.  Email Michelle Davis ([email protected]) if you would like assistance with ground transportation from the airport or Annual Conference.  Check the Camp website for driving instructions.


    RSVP Here

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