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May is: "Raising Awareness About Community Mediation & Peacebuilding"

Monday, May 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lori Dieckman
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Dear NAFCM Family:

In May, as part of NAFCM’s year-long 25th Anniversary Celebration, we undertake the mission of Raising Awareness About Community Mediation & Peacebuilding. Information can be found in the 25th Anniversary Celebration Handbook. Please use these themes as inspiration for your local efforts and share the exciting work you’re doing with the broader, national NAFCM community.


May is our opportunity to speak together in concert as one voice, to educate and invite the public to appreciate the unique benefits of Community Mediation and to highlight the local organizations and individuals who stand ready to be of service.   May is the time to spread the word that Community Mediation offers constructive processes for resolving differences and conflicts between individuals, groups and organizations.  It gives people in conflict an opportunity to take responsibility for the resolution of their dispute and to control the outcome.  Community mediation aligns with the value of self-determinism and is designed to preserve individual interests while strengthening relationships and connections and expanding the options for growth and understanding


Some suggested actions for the May mission of Raising awareness about Community Mediation & Peacebuilding in keeping with NAFCM Hallmarks 2 and 3 include:


  • One day devoted to centers/associates raising funds for the local center by holding a peace walk.   Local communities can fund the local center by engaging diverse groups to congregate together at scenic walking paths or (if appropriate) at the site of a historic conflict in their community and walk together expressing their vision for peace in the community as a living example of “walking the walk.”
  • Your Community Mediation Center could have an open house with presentations on raising awareness about community mediation, distinguishing its characteristics from evaluative and Court mediation, and highlighting the specific advantages that the facilitative modality offers in maximizing self-determinism;
  • Partner with local government and/or libraries to create safe public space for similar presentations which would have the secondary benefit of promoting your specific center out in the field;
  • Highlight the impact of community mediation sessions in your community with artwork that tells some of the more poignant stories (without breaching confidentiality of course),
  • Work with local media and NAFCM to amplify the message of your efforts to raise awareness about community mediation and peacebuilding in your community including posting photos, videos and commentary to the NAFCM Facebook page;
  • Honor a local Community Mediator, Peacemaker or Educator on the subject of community mediation.


Please link your activities to NAFCM using #NAFCM25  and #NAFCMmorethan, and keep us posted by sending photos and updates at  We will enthusiastically post them on our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the NAFCM website. The NAFCM member who sends us the most updates and images will be featured in a HUB newsletter and/or Podcast!


NAFCM offers a wide range of membership options to join a national community of similarly minded peacemakers.  Together, let’s make May a month of dramatically increased public awareness about the values, vision and mission of community mediation.


As always, we thank you for your service and commitment to your communities,


Membership Development Committee

Jed Peace Friedland, Chair, California

Sara Campos, California

Marua Chavez, North Carolina

Sharon Eckstein, Pennsylvania

Tina Estle, North Carolina

Stephanie Grunze-Swanson, Texas 

Steffanie Medina, California

Renata Valree, California

Lori Dieckman, Communications Outreach Coordinator, Colorado

Brennan Frazier, Membership Enhancement Coordinator, New York

D.G. Mawn, President, Kentucky


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