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Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery

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The Swords Into Plowshares Gallery and Peace Center is Southeast Michigan's unique location for peace and justice related art exhibits as well as a location for a number of peace-related events. The Gallery also has a gift shop featuring books, cards ...

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Wednesday
Jul
31
2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10am
10am
Julie Beutel Singer, song-leader, guitarist, teacher, activist & mother Julie Beutel is a Detroit native. She has traveled in several countries in Europe and Central America, working with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua during the war for almost 2 years. She sings at coffeehouses, concerts, fundraisers, funerals, memorial services, weddings, schools, libraries, senior centers, and house concerts. She has sung in jails, subway stations in Europe, soup kitchens, bars, nursing homes, churches, trains, plays, and peace marches. She has sung at the bedside of dying friends. She sang to a crowd of over 20,000 in DC (part of an anti-nuclear march), and once sang to 248 empty chairs. (There were two people in the audience.) She has hosted more than 55 house concerts in her home featuring local acoustic musicians, and has led sacred singing/drumming circles. Julie is not afraid to address painful, awkward, controversial or funny issues in the songs she sings. She especially loves the chance to sing what she passionately feels is the truth. Upcoming Events at Peace Cafe August 7: Jim Bizer - guitar and vocal August 21: Bill Meyer - piano and vocals
Wednesday
Jul
24
2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm
5:30-7:30pm
Come together for a time and place to kick back and relax with friends at our new Peace Cafe in the gallery for a summer series of five evenings of free entertainment in a coffeehouse setting. Each evening in the series will include live music by local musicians with a light meal of soup and bread with coffee, tea and lemonade. Featuring Rev. Robert Jones, Sr, a native Detroiter and an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. As an ordained minister and a Baptist pastor, he has an unwavering faith in the cultural importance of sacred and traditional American roots music. For more than thirty years he has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story at should celebrate, not just tolerate. Future Peace Cafe July 31: Julie Beutel - guitar and vocal August 7: Jim Bizer - guitar and vocal August 21: Bill Meyer - piano and vocals All programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., music beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday
Jul
17
2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm
5:30-7:30pm
A time and place to kick back and relax with friends at our new Peace Cafe in the gallery for a summer series of five evenings of free entertainment in a coffeehouse setting. Each evening in the series will include live music by local musicians with a light meal of soup and bread with coffee, tea and lemonade. FIRST PROGRAM: July 17: Jahra Michelle McKinney - vocal, with Bill Meyer - piano July 24: Robert Jones - guitar and vocal July 31: Julie Beutel - guitar and vocal August 7: Jim Bizer - guitar and vocal August 21: Bill Meyer - piano and vocals All programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., music beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday
Apr
19
2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1pm through Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5pm
1pm through Friday, May 25 at 5pm
GUNS: Artists Respond - to the horrors of gun violence in our world. Art Exhibit Runs Thurs/Fri/Sat 1-5 pm thru May 25th FREE parking behind Central United Methodist Church.
Sunday
Aug
6
2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 2-5pm
2-5pm
Here’s your summer read! We invite you to read On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Synder. Join us at Swords into Plowshares on Sunday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion of this provocative little book. This short book offers twenty pithy, often sobering, suggestions based on the happenings in the 20th century. Here are two quotes from the Prologue: “History does not repeat, but it does instruct.” “History can familiarize and it can warn.”
Sunday
May
7
2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 1-3pm
1-3pm
Tunes and Tales is a mother daughter duo who preform children's stories using narration, live viola and cello music, and masked movement. Suitable for children aged 4-10 and families. The stories come alive and find a place in the hearts and minds of all who hear them. Pricilla Hawkins on the Cello Shandra Lowery-Sachs on the Viola (member of DSO)
Thursday
Mar
30
2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
Join in conversations taken from Krista Tippet's NPR series on "civil conversations"
Saturday
Mar
25
2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 from noon-4pm
noon-4pm
Annual k thru 12th grade student artwork representing the United Nations Rights of the Child. Visual & performing arts venue.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 from noon-4pm
noon-4pm
We are proud to invite you to view the artwork of children aged kindergarten through 12th grade. This exhibit's mission is to transform the world by encouraging peace and human rights through art education, based on the United Nations Rights of the Child. Sponsored by Wayne state University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery.
Saturday
May
17
2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 2-3:30pm
2-3:30pm
Venue:
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This award winning documentary tells of the movement of women seeking to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2008, the Roman Catholic Church issued an order of excommunication for the "crime of attempting the sacred ordination of women". This documentary tells of the events leading up to this punishment and the work of men and women to challenge this feudal act.