Past Peace Sunday Events




Peace Sunday 2018, sponsored by Unity & Diversity World Council, along with One Global Family Foundation, Interfaith Communities United for Peace & Justice, IMAN Cultural Center, and other co-sponsors, is a spiritual call to action, empowering us to build a peaceful and sustainable future.

Last year’s theme “Sacred Activism: Environmental Justice and Human Rights” challenged us, in these increasingly turbulent times, to speak up, stand up, and actualize our most sacred values in our individual lives, our families, communities, nations, and the world.

The event spoke to how our sacred activism can powerfully address the injustices being done to our planet in this age of climate change, as well as the injustices suffered by the most vulnerable members of our human family as a result of both political and economic policies.





















To view more photos from Peace Sunday 2018, please use the link to the video/slideshow posted below. All photos were taken by Amanda Reta and music provided by UDC Executive Director Stephen Fiske.




ll are invited to join us! This year is the 52nd-anniversary of the Unity and Diversity World Council (UDC), the 16th anniversary of One Global Family Foundation (OGFF), and the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN). UDC was born during International Cooperation Year 1965, the highlight of the United Nations 20th anniversary. OGFF was born on September 11th, 2001 after the horrific terrorist attacks which killed thousands of innocent lives in the USA.

Peace Sunday, the annual event sponsored by UDC and OGFF, is a call empowering us to build a peaceful and sustainable future. This year’s theme “Sacred Activism: Caring for Each Other and Mother Earth Through Active Engagement” challenges us, in these increasingly troubled and turbulent times, to step up, stand up, and actualize our most sacred values in our individual lives, in our families, communities, nations, and world.

This year, our sacred activism will address nuclear proliferation and the danger of nuclear waste, which is of specific and immediate concern to us in Southern California due to 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste potentially being stored in steel drums on the beach at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

The United States has over 5,000 nuclear weapons, more than all the other nations armed with nuclear weapons combined. President Trump is seeking to increase our military budget by $54 Billion taking funds away from social and economic services, education, disaster relief, and foreign aid. US military and associated costs account for fifty percent of the US budget. Nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, and climate change are humanity’s most existential threats. WE, the people, have allowed this to happen. WE, the people, must resolve these critical issues. WE, the people, must demand an end to nuclear madness, and demand that our government acknowledge the reality of climate change, and take steps to amend this insanity!

Peace Sunday has always featured inspiring speakers, music, displays of participating groups, and serves as a day of collaborative participation toward creating a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. This year’s Peace Sunday keynote speakers will be US Congressmember Karen Bass and scientist, aerospace, chemical, nuclear engineer Edward D. McCullough, as well as advocates Charles Langley and Nina Babiarz  of, and Indigenous Elder Rev. Adelia Sandoval. Peace Sunday includes a Sunday morning interfaith service with inspiring presentations from interfaith leaders and performers (10 am to 11:30 am), lunch, breakout session (12:30 pm to 1:45 pm), and DON’T MISS the main afternoon Peace Sundaystage program (2 pm to 5 pm). See the attached flyer for more details.

Additionally, Peace Sunday will feature the screening of Women Wage Peace, new film production of The Jerusalem Prayer Project, a special affiliate of UDC, telling the story of courageous Israeli and Palestinian women who are forging a momentous new direction for peace in the Holy Land. Women Wage Peace has been filmed in Israel/Palestine and produced by Stephen Fiske and Robert Corsini.

WE, the people, are called to Sacred Activism. Please show up and let your voice be heard!!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Laura, Stephen, and Leland


This year is the 52nd anniversary of the Unity-and-Diversity World Council and the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations.  UDC was born during International Cooperation Year 1965, which was the highlight of the United Nations 20th anniversary.  Peace Sunday is being sponsored by the Unity-and-Diversity World Council and the One Global Family Foundation (OGFF), a humanitarian and interfaith peacebuilding non-profit organization, born on September 11th, 2001. This year is the 16th anniversary of OGFF.  Peace Sunday is being hosted once again by the IMAN Cultural Center and is being co-sponsored by numerous community partner organizations, which are listed in the program.

This year finds much of the world in turmoil and unease.  We hope that Peace Sunday will provide inspiration, courage, and valuable tools as we moving into an equitable, peaceful, and sustainable future.

Leland Perry Stewart, Founder & Central Coordinator of Unity-and-Diversity World Council

Laura Lafoia Ava-Tesimale, Founder & President of One Global Family Foundation



DATE:  Sunday, September 17, 2017  /  TIME:  10am to 5pm

LOCATION:  IMAN Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Avenue, LA, CA 90034


9 AM – 10 AM Registration & Display:  Tables open in the IMAN Cultural Center auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM: Interfaith Service / Qur’anic Forum:

Hosted by Dr. Zaman Stanizai & Rev. Stephen L. Fiske, and Mohtadi Mirak; Quran Prayer Recitation; Presentation by Rev. Dr. Linda Groff on “Interfaith Dialogue and Caring for the Earth”; Music by Mitra Rahbar and S. L. Fiske

11:30 – 12:15 PM: Persian Buffet Lunch

12:30 – 1:45 PM: Roundtable Discussions on Sacred Activism
Facilitated by: Rev. Leland Stewart & Rev. Carolyn Wilkins

2 PM – 5 PM:Peace Sunday 2017 – Main Stage Program
Welcome by Emcees: Laura Ava-Tesimale & Stephen L. Fiske
Grandmother Rev. Adelia Sandoval: Indigenous Blessing
Bro. Mohtadi Mirak:  Quran Prayer Recitation
Dr. Zaman Stanizai: Welcome to IMAN Center & Poem
Stephen Fiske: Peace Sunday History & Song
Congresswoman Karen Bass Video & Staff Representative 
Charles Langley & Nina Babiarz of
Edward McCullough, Keynote Speaker
Rev. Al Duffy, Thorium Nuclear Power
Rev. Leland Stewart, UN’s Treaty to End Nuclear Weapons 7/2017
Stephen Fisk:  Film Screening Debut “Women Wage Peace” 
Leland Stewart & Uran Snyder: Peace Pole Raffle
Dr. Rini Ghosh for Hindu Blessing & Moment of Silence for Peace & Healing
Diane Burton & Dr. Rini Ghosh, Schools Peace Project
Rev. Carolyn Wilkins, Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance & Agape Global Works
Agape Theater Ministry
Lakshmi Lambert, The Dances of Universal Peace with… Guitarist Michael Argulo and Drummer Daryl Reynolds
Closing Circle

6 PM:
Display Tables Close


* General Admission: $15 Eventbrite ends 9-16 at 4pm  /  $20 at the door

* Students & Seniors: $10 Eventbrite ends 9-16 at 4pm  /  $15 at the door

* $35 Co-Sponsorship (includes: a display table, listed in the ted program with a description of your org & contact info, listed on social media promos and on our www.Peace website)


Congresswoman Karen Bass

Karen Bass serves the 37th District, and on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressmember Bass is also working to craft sound criminal justice reforms as well as protect intellectual property right infringements that threaten the economic health.

Edward McCullough 
Scientist, Aerospace, Chemical, and Nuclear Engineer. Retired principal scientist at The Boeing Company and former BoD member of the National Space Society Board of Directors. He received his professional training in nuclear engineering through the U.S. Navy, and Bettis and Knowles Atomic Power Laboratories (gaining his Certification for Nuclear Engineering at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in 1975). 

Charles Langley
Executive Director of Public Watchdogs, dedicated to public access of clean water and affordable, sustainable energy, as a fundamental human right. Advocate for SONGS.

Nina Babiarz

Executive board member of Public Watchdogs. Advocate, Writer

Rev. Adelia Sandoval
Direct descendent and spiritual leader of the Acjachemen Nation, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians who are the stewards of the lands known as Orange County and part of the city of Long Beach. Her ministry is called Song of the Earth, a Native American Healing ministry.

Rev. Leland Stewart
Founder & Central Coordinator of Unity-and-Diversity World Council, Author,and Interfaith pioneer.

Laura Ava-Tesimale

Founder & President of One Global Family Foundation, and Councils of Interfaith & Indigenous Women-Youth. CEO of AVA Consulting & Management, and COO of Her professional career spans over 30-yrs in Mortgage Lending managing operations for multi-billion dollar RE lending firms. Laura also has over 20-yrs of humanitarian & interfaith peacebuilding experience.

Stephen Longfellow Fiske
International peace troubadour, award-winning songwriter, performer, author, recording artist, 11 albums (most recently “Flow”), Founder & Co-Producer Jerusalem Prayer Project, Executive Director Unity-and-Diversity World Council

Dr. Sadegh Namazikhah 
Chairman and CEO, IMAN Cultural Center, gracious host & kind spirit.

Dr. Zaman Stanizai
Professor of Political Science at CSU Dominguez Hills and Professor of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Member of the IMAN Center.

Mohtadi Mirak
Member of the IMAN Cultural Center, Educated in America in theology, and Iran in art and philosophy, Mohtadi is a conceptual art performer and graphic designer. He has more than ten solo exhibitions,

Rev. Al Duffy

Executive Board Member of UDC, teacher of Buddhism  

Rev. Carolyn Wilkins 
Founder and president of PeaceNet and Inspirational Ministries, and the Chair of the Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance. Carolyn is also the director of the Global Works Ministry, a staff minister, and a member of the core leadership team of Agape International Spiritual Center.

Rev. Dr. Linda Groff
Global Options and Evolutionary Futures Consulting, and Emeritus Professor, Political Science & Futures Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she taught for over 40 years.

Lakshmi Lambert

Master herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, homeopath, massage therapist offering respectful, individualized health care for all ages. 30 plus years experience, leader of Dances of Universal Peace


* Buffet Lunch:  $8 paid at the door during registration

* Valet Parking:  $7 paid directly to the parking attendant

* Peace Pole Raffle:  $5 for 1 ticket,  $10 for 3 tickets,  $20 for 7 tickets (purchase raffle tickets at the registration table)

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If you have any questions, or interested in becoming a co-sponsor, you may email the following Peace Sunday leaders:

Laura Lafoia Ava-Tesimale at [email protected]

Stephen Longfellow Fiske at [email protected]

Leland Stewart at [email protected]