The Westheimer Peace Symposium was established in 1991 by an endowment from Charles and May Westheimer, with four rotating themes: Peace and Nonviolence; Peace and Social Justice; Peace and the Environment, and Peace and the Nature of War. It is held annually at Wilmington College, a Quaker college in southwestern Ohio within driving distance of Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis.

  • The 2023 Westheimer Peace Symposium at Wilmington College focuses on the topic of “Combat Trauma and Healing.” This year’s symposium, with weekly features throughout September, features speakers on veterans navigating life and community after military service; transforming conflict in the midst of violence; acquiring peace in the crucible of war; trauma-sensitive peacebuilding; and a showing of the film, “This is Not a War Story.” For more information, and to register, see the Westheimer web site:
  • 11 September 2023, Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture: Forging Beloved Community with Friends. Friends Committee on National Legislation/Pendle Hill
  • 30 September 2023, Rivers of Life conference. Quaker Leadership Institute (virtual). See the Earlham School of Religion website for more information and registration.
  • 1 October 2023, World Quaker Day. See the Friends World Committee for Consultation page for more information.
  • 7 October 2023, Pastors Conference, Earlham School of Religion (in person and virtual). See the Earlham School of Religion website for more information and registration.