RAWtools is a part of various community events.  Not all events are faith based and some events are interfaith.  No matter where you come from, we encourage respectful dialogue toward a goal of disarming hearts and forging peace.  Each community has its unique context and no event is like another.  At the center of most of our events is a blacksmith demonstration turning a gun into a garden tool.  This can be a part of an already scheduled event or it can be a part of our PeaceMaker event.  Founder and Executive Director Mike Martin is also available for speaking alongside or independent of these events.

“PeaceMaker” is an hour-long ceremony centered in the Christian faith in which a gun is forged into a garden tool while songs, art, stories, and scripture are shared.

By the event’s end a physical representation of God’s prophecy of “beating your swords into plowshares” from Isaiah and Micah is created in actuality. People experience opportunities for healing, purpose, and a reinvigoration of imagination as a new reality is encountered in this physical representation of “forging peace.”  The “PeaceMaker Tour” was largely focused in 2015, but we are happy to come to your community for more PeaceMakers!

If you would like to bring RAWtools to your community, contact us at

RAWtools, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

2018 Events

March 11 – Colorado Springs, CO – Tools in Bloom with Artist in Residence Mary Sprunger-Froese and 1st Strike Theatre

April 14 – Hartford, CT – St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church

May 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Demand the Ban-visit  for more info.

May 20 – Aurora, CO – Beloved Community Mennonite Church

June 3 –Ft. Collins, CO – Emmaus Road Church

June 9 – Colorado Springs, CO – Ebenezer Baptist Church Community Event

June 21 – Boise, ID – Northwest Mennonite Annual Conference

July 15 – Denver, CO – Belong Church

August 1 -Colorado Springs, CO – Peace Camp

August 25 – Seattle, WA

September 8 – Greeley, CO

September 10-13 – Colorado Springs, CO Circle Process Training with Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council



Dec. 1 – Colorado Springs, CO – Fundraising event TBA

2019 – Look for a Beating Guns book tour!
– with coauthors Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin

Previous PeaceMaker Events:

January 17th, 2015 in Denver, CO

First Mennonite Church – 6PM – Map

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Guest Speaker Christian Piatt and with testimony from David Works

Feb 8, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO

Beth-El Mennonite Church 5PM – Map

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Guest Speaker Benjamin L. Corey and with testimony from David Works

CLICK HERE for an article from the Colorado Springs Gazette on the event.


March 20, 2015 in State College, PA

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State College Presbyterian Church- 6PM

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Guest Speaker Shane Claiborne and with testimony from Terri Roberts

Clicker here for an article from the Huffington Post
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Click here for an article from The Daily Collegian
Click here for a time lapse video of a live painting during a demonstration before the event.

Highlands Ranch, CO

May 24, 10:20AM

St. Andrew United Methodist Church-Wildflower Service

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Guest Speaker Sharlettta Evans and Pastor Dale Fredrickson

July 9-12 at Wild Goose Festival

Hot Springs, NC



Friday at 3PM (Confirm on Wild Goose Schedule)
Father John Dear will speaking on the issue of war.  Wild Goose gives us a chance to look at a long term vision of ours and we are ecstatic that Father Dear is speaking for this PeaceMaker.  You can read more about Father Dear here!



Saturday at 8PM (Confirm on Wild Goose Schedule)
Rev. Jennifer Bailey will be speaking on the issue of gun violence Saturday night.  It is a special focus on Charleston and gun violence.  Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister in the AME church and founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters.    Read more about her here.

November 19th  The Well  7PM

Seattle, WA- Map


Guest Speaker Kurt Willems and Rory Graves

March 4th 2016 – Reba Place Church 6:45 PM-map

Chicago, IL
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Guest Speaker Austin Channing Brown
& Testimony from Elizabeth Ramirez