Peace Heroes Trail 2022

Blessing and Opening of the Peace Heroes Trail

A small group of socially-distanced MVUUF folk has already started installing our peace hero signs along the sidewalk in front of MVUUF — by our building, not the road. This process began in December, 2020.


Reverend Kellie cut the ribbon to open the Peace Heroes Trail on December 15, 2020. We are saving Rev. Kellie’s blessing of the Peace Heroes Trail for warmer weather. Maybe we can find a way for MVUUF members and friends to gather outside safely for that happy event. Signs are all at least 6 feet apart, so that will help during the time of COVID-19!


     Pictured here are some peace hero team captains from last year, each with the peace hero they sponsored.



MVUUF members and friends, you are welcome to check on our progress at any point. We plan to post photos regularly through regular fellowship communications. You are also welcome to visit MVUUF in person, maintaining social distance and wearing masks, to see the beautiful Peace Heroes Trail in person.

While you are visiting MVUUF’s campus, take a few moments to enjoy the newly-trimmed labyrinth on the hillside south of the sanctuary. You can learn more about our unique meditative pathway, designed and created for MVUUF by member Gail Cyan, at . It takes about 15 minutes to walk it.

If you are wearing waterproof hiking boots and up for extremely uneven terrain, you are also invited to wander the short loop that was just mowed through our MVUUF wetland behind the building. It might someday become the site of a smooth boardwalk. In the meantime, it is a pathway in progress, so non-mountain climbers please admire from a distance.


Below is some history of starting our Peace Heroes Trail:

SOME GREAT NEWS! Many generous donors have contributed toward the installation of the Miami Valley Peace Heroes Trail on the campus of MVUUF!

As many of you know, this project began as a continuation of the annual Peace Heroes Walks that had been taking place in the Miami Valley for the past five years or so. In the midst of the pandemic it has been reinvented to meet the challenges of these present times we are living in and through.

FIRST IN THE NATION. Celebrating its status as the first Peace Heroes Trail in the nation, our fundraising event summer 2020 raised funds to help support local peace literacy work right here in the Miami Valley. More specifically, the local 2020 designee of the funds is the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 100% of the funds after event expenses are designated for the peace literacy work conducted by MVUUF in collaboration with many community partners (see list of activities here).

The project features attractive trail marker signs on the MVUUF campus plus a Virtual Peace Heroes Trail that can be accessed while touring the site. Fundraising teams selected Peace Heroes to honor and provided summary info that is placed on the markers. Each team has their own page online that also provides information and a video or photo that helps the public-at-large get better acquainted with their Peace Hero.

SPREAD THE INSPIRATION. For a little inspiration, take a listen to the song written by project coordinators, Rev. Kellie Kelly and Jerry Leggett, Be a Hero Now.

CELEBRATE THE POWER OF THE WE! More than ever, our world and the Miami Valley needs Peace Heroes to light our way! Please join this community-wide effort to lift up the everyday people around the block and around the world who inspire the power of the “we” to help Miami Valley better thrive!

MAKE A DONATION TO THE PEACE HEROES TRAIL IN HONOR OF A PEACE HERO. Follow the link provided to help us build the Peace Hero Trail on the MVUUF campus and to help raise funds to support local Peace Literacy programs that help the Miami Valley thrive. Donations for the current fiscal year will close sometime in June, 2022.

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