About Us

Mission

To nurture, inspire and empower the community of Sedona to thrive and flourish while fostering a culture of peace through uplifting, engaging, and transformative community programs.

Vision

We envision a culture of peace as one that respects our shared humanity.  It ignites a social connection that forms new and inspired traditions and ideas that uphold the highest values of the human heart.

Values

We celebrate the highest values of the human heart:  courage, respect, compassion, connection, empathy, harmony, inner peace, and love.

In 2012, the Sedona International City of Peace proudly became the 35th of now more than 300 International Cities of Peace worldwide.  We strive to foster a culture of peace by engaging our community, expanding connections with others, and elevating consciousness. 

We host events that are designed to raise awareness about issues in our community.  We have focused on several issues that impact our community and its culture of peace such as stereotyping, hunger, mental health, bullying, sex trafficking, and other deep cultural wounds experienced from war, racism, and indigenous segregation.  All of our events and activities conclude with suggested actions for individuals and groups to take in effort to help cultivate a greater culture of peace.

We have partnered with many organizations including, but not limited to, the Sedona International Film Festival, Rotary Club of Sedona, Yavapai/Apache Cultural Center, Verde Valley Mental Health Coalition, Human Trafficking Coalition, Healing Memories for Veterans and their families, Eclpst Marketing Agency, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Community Foundation, Yavapai Food Council, Sedona Area Homeless Alliance, Verde Valley School, Red Rock High School, West Sedona Middle School and the Charter Schools, the Mandela Fellows Civic Leadership Program, Sedona Public Library, Interdependence Natural Foods, various art galleries, and many local businesses to fulfill our goals.

Our Goals

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Develop signature programs with full and inspired teams/peace partners

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Acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our community

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Recognize and promote peace efforts of others

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Fund self-sustained programs and operations through aligned sources

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Build and nurture a strong, sustainable, and diversified Board

Board of Directors

Margaret Joy Weaver

Chair

Margaret Joy Weaver

A 25-year resident of Sedona Arizona, Margaret has founded and served on many Sedona Boards: Sedona International Film Festival (10 years), Sedona Culture Collaborative, Mental Health Coalition and Founder – now Board Chair of Sedona International City of Peace. Her commitment to the transformation and awakening of humanity has led her being a life-longer seeker – participating and leading to tens of thousands of people. She is a mother to a young woman from India who came to Sedona during her junior year and graduated with honors from Verde Valley School and is now at NAU.

Vice Chair

Myra Shutt

Myra is an Artist, Musician-Vocalist/Trumpet Player, and Actor with a Master’s Degree of Music. She is the former 20-year owner and manager of Blue Heron Entertainment, entertaining throughout the New York Metro area. Promoting Peace has been a longtime passion for Myra, which led to the creation of her trademark “Peace – People Embracing All Cultures Equally” – “Wear the Message – Live the Message.” Presently, Myra is creating Artwork inspired by Angels and living in a Peaceful Heart. 

Board Member

Paul Friedman

Paul Friedman, Ph.D., a retired university professor, has lived in Sedona and been active in volunteer activities for 17 years—focusing on facilitating understanding and good will among local residents. He teaches regularly at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), coordinates a Sedona Community Mediation program, and is on the board of Northern Arizona Restorative Justice. He’s also active with the local synagogue and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.. He’s been married to Tanya Mayer for 22 years; together they have six children and 13 grandchildren.

Board Member

Enocha “Ranjita" Ryan

Twenty Five years ago, Enocha established a private healing Retreat Called Your Heart’s Home Sanctuary located in Oak Creek Canyon. She recently expanded her healing art skills in the area of Conscious Death and Dying. She is now a certified Death Doula, Home Funeral Guide/Educator and Green Burial advocate. Her greatest privilege is to steward a precious piece of Mother Earth, guide people to wake up to who they really are and live a joyful life of service. Her mission has always been to live Heaven on Mother Earth-HOME.
Susan Hagan

Boardmember

Susan Hagan

Susan owns Your Business Accountant and Consulting LLC a virtual accounting and business consulting firm that services the Verde Valley. She has served as the Treasurer of Sedona International City of Peace since 2019. Susan has been proactive in many of Sedona International City of Peace projects and Operations including Grant acquisitions, Human Library and Meditation Monday.

Accomplishments

  • International Day of Peace
  • Sedona Human Library
  • Meditation Mondays
  • Dissolve the Divide
  • Courageous Conversations
  • Peace Conscious Films
  • Panel Discussions
  • Peace by Piece
  • Human Rights Ordinance
  • Teaching Symposium for Mandela
  • Fellows Young International
  • Imagine Magazine
  • Mitzvah Day
  • Peace Week Seminars
  • World Peace Dance
  • Peace Circles
  • Peace Trail
  • Stand For Peace
  • John McCain Cherry Pie
  • Feast for Peace
  • City Council Participation