FLIP the SCRIPT of Hatred at December 4 Peace Forum in Royal Oak

rofumIn light of the negative events and negative media affecting our children and families in our community, Royal Oak, Oakland County, Metro Detroit and Michigan, we wish to Flip the Script of negativity and make this an opportunity to come together and offer a non-denominational and nonpartisan program of peace and solidarity and healing. It’s important to start the dialogue and become a role model for teaching tolerance right now in a positive environment. This forum is responding to this community’s need for collective healing by coming together through the arts to offer soulful music, poetry, and song in an uplifting program for support to families.

The idea is to create a program of support by local clergy and local leaders and create an educational forum based on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program and materials.

Specifically, we want to show the nation that this community is responding correctly, and that we are taking problems seriously and that we honor our diversity. This program will be 100% non-denominational, and completely nonpartisan.  The Peace Forum will be presented on December 4, at 5:30 pm at Royal Oak First United Methodist Church located at 320 West 7th St. Royal Oak, Mi. 48067. This event is free and open to the public.

We invite the media to the program, to start to turn this negative news around.  The goal is to take the instances of conflict and turn them into opportunities to educate, offer viable solutions to families, bring positive national focus to this community, and be a role model to all who are facing conflicts right now.

The mission of this program is to bring unity to our community and show an example of peace – to Flip the Script of negativity and create a forum for positive coming together, solace, and comfort to our fellow community members to counter the negativity we’ve seen during this campaign season. The Peace Forum is a program that has come together as a collective response to recent events in our schools, arising out of post-election discord. Many have asked, “What can we do right now to deal with all this and how do we talk to our kids, what should we say?”

The goal for The Peace Forum is to educate and reduce fear by bringing a positive national focus to Royal Oak Schools, Oakland County and Michigan, by showing support and offering a positive approach to dealing these issues, and by becoming a role model to other communities and schools facing intolerance. We want to FLIP the SCRIPT and turn this problem into an opportunity to showcase diversity/inclusion and offer leadership in teaching tolerance in our families, schools and communities through. The event will center on the materials available at teachingtolerence.org, which has been a national leader for decades in providing classroom and family resources in this area. Handouts from Teaching Tolerance from the Southern Poverty Law Center will be available to guests attending.

The event will feature a non-denominational healing service by Pastor Caleb Williams of Royal Oak First Methodist Church, along with a soloist performance by Samantha Garret. Professional jazz musician Roberto Warren will be performing with his collective of jazz musicians. Kaino Phillips, President of the Ascend Foundation of Pontiac will speak on unity and peace. The motto of his organization is “inspiring the Promise of Youth and Enhancing the power of the Community.” Khary Turner, well known urban poet, will also be a featured presenter. Head Pastor Jeff Nelson and Rabbi Norm Roman of Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield have also been invited to present. Please see event page “The Peace Forum” on Facebook for additional details. https://www.facebook.com/event/229640700790355/?ti=icl

The church website is www.rofum.org.

Additionally, tune in to hear West Bloomfield Treasurer Teri Adelberg Weingarden and the event organizers on 910am radio with host Ken Gross on Dec 1, at 3pm.