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 email@example.com.
RAWtools, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
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 demandtheban.org 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
Guest Speaker Christian Piatt and with testimony from David Works
Feb 8, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO
Beth-El Mennonite Church 5PM – Map
Guest Speaker Benjamin L. Corey and with testimony from David Works
Highlands Ranch, CO
May 24, 10:20AM
St. Andrew United Methodist Church-Wildflower Service
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.