Grant Erickson and Christy Hightower

Grant Erickson, who celebrated his 95th birthday the month before this interview, shares his experiences in the navy during World War II.

Interview with Grant Erickson and Lisa Johnson

Grant Erickson talks with Lisa Johnson a month before his 95th birthday. He started attending First Congregational Church in 1976, and thinks that the name change to Peace United Church in 2013 was a good expression of the Church’s values....

Interview with Beverly Brook, Grant Erickson, and Christy Hightower.

Grant Erickson, who had his 95th birthday ten days before telling this story, talks with Beverly Brook and Christy Hightower about the highlights of his life. In this short 8 minute segment, he talks about standing up for diversity of...

Grant Erickson, Beverly Brook, Christy Hightower, , and

Grant Erickson, who had his 95th birthday ten days before telling this story, talks with Beverly Brook and Christy Hightower about the highlights of his life. He was one of eleven children, and grew up on a series of farms...

Nashua Stevens, Melissa Mahoney, Christy Hightower, , and
February 20, 2017 App Interview

Melissa and her son Nash (age 8) talk about what peace and peace-making mean to them. Melissa reminds us of the Dalai Lama quote “If you wish to have peace in the world, start with yourself.” And Nash says “if...

David Dodson and Christy Hightower
January 31, 2017 App Interview

In February of 1965 David Dodson, then an Assistant Chaplain at Colgate University, drove from New York to Atlanta, Georgia along with James Martin and another black Colgate student to attend a meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)...

Suzanne McLean and Mary Male
January 19, 2017 App Interview

Suzanne’s faith began with singing in the choir and has led to her leadership in providing shelter services for the homeless throughout the community. Building community is part of everything she does, and she’s learned to do that at Peace...

David Dodson and Christy Hightower
January 17, 2017 App Interview

David Dodson tells the story of the time he spent with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as one of about twenty college students who got to listen to, and ask questions of, Dr. King on August 23, 1963. David remembers...

David Dodson and Christy Hightower
January 15, 2017 App Interview

David Dodson tells the story of his father, Dwight Dodson, who was the senior pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Chicago in the 1950’s. That church prided itself on its history of having been formed by a group of...

Mary Caravalho and Christy Hightower
December 10, 2016 App Interview

Mary Caravalho’s mother died young of cancer and Mary honored her mother by taking on her mother’s role of staying in touch with her cousin Judy throughout Judy’s life. Now Mary honors her cousin Judy by uncovering and telling the...

Josette Thomas, Lilly Thomas, Christy Hightower, , and
December 5, 2016 App Interview

Two sisters, Josette and Lilly Thomas, talk about how they first started attending First Congregational Church in Santa Cruz, California at the ages of five and eight. They share their thoughts and feelings about the church changing its name to...

Mary Male and Dave Grishaw-Jones

“Peace” is an action verb, not just a noun. Personal transformation and relationship building are paths to peace.

Stoney Brook and Christy Hightower
November 14, 2016 App Interview

Stoney Brook talks about how being a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago in 2014 touched and changed him in unexpected ways. Among other things the pilgrimage was the gateway to his setting up the first Veteran’s Treatment Court in...

Nicholas Piediscalzi and Christy Hightower
November 13, 2016 App Interview

Nick Piediscalzi, a retired minister, talks about what brought him to Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz California. He admires the active, lively congregation here where people are not afraid to be vulnerable in church. Nick explains: “In...

Nicholas Piediscalzi and Christy Hightower
November 13, 2016 App Interview

Nicholas Piediscalzi, a retired United Church of Christ minister, talks to us about his personal experience and relationship to peace, as well as his work in peace-making in larger settings. As a minister in Chicago in the 1940s and 1950’s...

Curtis Reliford and Christy Hightower
November 6, 2016 App Interview

Curtis Reliford talks about overcoming racism and serious adversity to find and fulfill his life’s purpose which is helping those who are experiencing hard times: hurricane Katrina victims and the Navajo and Hopi people. Curtis describes how he follows his...