Infusion of compensated servant leaders into U.S. communities exclusively for peacebuilding is Peace Through Action USA’s special contribution to the peace promotion and violence prevention arenas. Other ways that we distinguish ourselves from colleague organizations is that we take an asset promotion strategy to aggression and violence prevention; promote multiple peaceful practices rather than focus on just one or a few; and favor peaceful practices that anyone can learn and apply to their families, neighborhoods, and small group settings. Also, we devote the entirety of our effort to peacebuilding in the United States.
Peace Through Action USA was borne from a spiritual call experienced by our founder. Describing his motivation to take action to promote peace among people in the United States, Bob Reeg explained that “I found myself no longer satisfied to say a brief prayer or comment on a sad news story and then quickly move about my daily affairs as my response to acts of interpersonal violence all around us. God was challenging me to do more.”
Presented this divine challenge, our founder proceeded to explore how he might make meaning of it in a practical way. He became intrigued by the notion of applying volunteering and civilian service strategies toward the peace arena, reasoning that since interpersonal violence and interpersonal peace are intimate relational transactions between people and groups, this would be a perfect point of intervention for volunteers and servant leaders. Our founder conducted a qualitative analysis of the U.S. social purpose sector, which determined that there were no other national level civilian service organizations already directing their voluntary human capital uniquely toward U.S. domestic peacebuilding. With that information gathered, our founder proceeded to incorporate Peace Through Action USA in November 2015. Our first board of directors was elected and held its first meeting in February 2016.