Mission + Vision

MISSION: The Brooklyn Peace Center* is an asset-based community organization that aims to promote and embody peace in Brooklyn and beyond by equipping community residents with the necessary resources, tools and opportunities to become peacebuilders.

*The Brooklyn Peace Center (501c3) is a collaborative project of Mennonite Mission Network, the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church USA, and Brooklyn residents.

HISTORY

Since 1958, there has been a peace witness at 23 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn. Primera Iglesia Menonita de Brooklyn (First Mennonite Church of Brooklyn) met for worship in this space for many decades. Prior to the Mennonites moving into 23 Marcus Garvey, it was built as a synagogue around 1910.

The Brooklyn Peace Center is an inclusive, interfaith space where all are welcome. The initial vision for the Peace Center is rooted in Jesus’ peace teachings. And formed initially through deep bonds with Mennonite organizations. Mennonites are a Historic Peace Church connected to the Radical Reformation of the 16th century. Peacebuilding and nonviolent resistance are two primary characteristics of this movement.

The Brooklyn Peace Center aims to cultivate authentic community through classes, services, and arts & culture programming, all of which promotes, embodies, and, on occasion, agitates for peace.