Peacebuilding en Las Américas Speaking Tour


:  November 8-12

Where: Seattle, Portland, Olympia, Corvallis

Peacebuilding en Las Américas Coordinator Monica Maher will focus on the local peace-building efforts in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia and Ecuador to transform situations of extreme violence.  This includes AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) workshops in prisons, secondary schools, indigenous communities, public hospitals as well as with women human rights defenders, war survivors, former gang members and police officers. After the presentation, she is happy to answer questions and focus on particular geographic areas or populations of special interest. Send questions to Monica Maher



Friday, Nov. 8, 2019  Seattle University Meeting, Washington, 7:00-9:00 pm
Contact: Jonathan Betz-Zall,, 206-782-9205

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019  Olympia Meeting, Washington, 11:00 am
Contact: Steven Aldrich,, 360-867-0948

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019  Multnomah Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 12:00 pm
Contact: Mary Priem,, 503-256-2881

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019  Corvallis Meeting, Oregon
5:30pm Potluck Supper, 7pm talk
Contact: Jay Thatcher,, 541-758-9333

Dr. Monica Maher
PLA Coordinator

Dr. Mónica Maher is the Initiative Coordinator of Peacebuilding en las Américas of Friends Peace Teams. Based in Quito, Ecuador, she also works throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia.  She collaborates with women human rights defenders, indigenous communities, men living in prison, police, ex-combatants, war survivors and youth at-risk for gang recruitment, promoting non-violent transformation of conflict and resiliency from trauma through the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP).  

Dr. Maher holds a PhD in Christian Social Ethics and is an ordained United Church of Christ Minister.  She teaches in the graduate program on Violence, Gender and Human Rights at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences – FLACSO Ecuador.

About Friends Peace Teams…

Friends Peace Teams (FPT) is a Spirit-led organization of Friends from over a dozen North American and Australia Yearly Meetings. We invest in long-term relationships with communities in conflict around the world working for peace, healing and reconciliation and creating enduring cultures of peace.

We integrate spiritual conviction with action, mutually discerning where the work is alive with Spirit and braiding together love, integrity and justice. We exchange attention, discernment and support across life stages, economic conditions and cultures to develop our gifts and follow our callings to peace work.

This is OUR peace work, mine and yours, carrying on a tradition of Friends living in accord with the Living Spirit in everyone and all life, conscientiously objecting to war and violence, and investing in creating peaceful societies.

Please visit our website at or Like us on Facebook @friendspeaceteams to see our amazing work around the world.

  • African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI), David Bucura, Rwanda Yearly Meeting
  • Asia West Pacific Initiative  (AWP), Kins Aparece, Bohol, Philippines
  • Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA), Monica Maher, Quito, Ecuador
  • Toward Right Relationship with Native People  (TRR), Paula R. Palmer, Intermountain Yearly Meeting
  • Power of Goodness (PoG), Chris Hunter, Britain Yearly Meeting and Nadine Hoover, New York Yearly Meeting

Tax-deductible donations to Friends Peace Teams keeps this work alive, and may be earmarked in the memo line to FPT / AGLI, AWP, PLA, TRR, or PoG. View Friends Peace Teams Silver Level charity status at