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Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA)

velvet mesquite
velvet mesquite, a natural symbol of sustainable peace

Purpose: To provide, promote, and share best practices, skills and research in order to create a society based on a sustainable and just peace now and for generations to come. To increase respect, awareness and compassionate discourse among and between people and communities. To connect individuals and organizations and together create a sustainable culture of peace.


Helping Parents Heal

helping parents healA safe place for bereaved parents, family, and friends.

Through personal experience, the leaders of Helping Parents Heal have come to recognize several factors that contribute to the healing process. These elements include caring support from others, interaction with people who have also experienced loss, service to others, personal transformation and, perhaps most importantly, discovering a reason for hope. In particular, we are referring to hope that comes from acknowledging our spiritual nature and understanding that our loved ones continue on in spiritual form after physical death.

Evidence for this truth has been revealed to us in various ways: documented clinical and scientific evidence, undeniable signs, amazing synchronicities, specific and detailed messages relayed by psychic-mediums, and even direct contact with our deceased children. Some spiritual practices exercised by many Helping Parents Heal leaders include meditation, prayer, yoga, and service to others. We are an all-embracing and non-religious organization that respects the various ways people choose to express their own spirituality.

Helping Parents Heal provides support for:

  • parents, grandparents, siblings, and other close relatives and friends of a child who has died by any means: accident, illness, homicide, or suicide
  • loved ones of a departed child of any age since, for example, an eighty-year-old mother may grieve deeply when her sixty-year-old daughter passes on
  • people of any or no religious affiliation, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, socio-economic status, or other relatively trivial factors


Center for Community Dialogue

center for community dialogueThe Center for Community Dialogue, a program of Our Family Services, helps Southern Arizonans have challenging conversations is a skilled, civil and respectful way. We do this through trainings, such as the 42-Hour Basic Mediation Training and Circles Training; services such as mediation and the monthly Elder Circles conducted throughout Tucson and Green Valley; and through Community Forums. The Center is the go-to resource for conflict resolution and effective communication.


Center For Compassion Studies

is the nation’s first formalized collegiate center for compassion studies to produce interdisciplinary collaboration on issues that can enhance efforts to live ethical lives. Housed within the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and involving faculty from across the University, the center represents a breakthrough in higher education, bringing the UA to the forefront of the dialogue on how the application of mindfulness and compassion can impact important aspects of daily life such as consumer behavior, health and school climate.


Temple Emanu-El

temple emanu-elan exciting and extraordinarily active place of prayer, study, creativity, and social justice, was the first synagogue in Arizona, and we remain energetic pioneers of Jewish life in Arizona.

A warm and caring community, Temple Emanu-El is many things for our congregants: a holy place to worship God, a center to learn about and experience our amazingly rich Jewish tradition, a comfortable location to meet and make friends, a working center of living Judaism.  It is also a place of creative exploration, where we can seek that which moves and excites us religiously and intellectually.

We offer a wide variety of worship services, music and spiritual experiences.
Our congregants are engaged in living Judaism through meaningful social action,
community outreach, at the annual congregational retreat, active Women of Reform Judaism and Men’s Club auxiliaries, innovative programming and a wide variety of social events.



Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa

sat bir kaur khalsais the president of COPA, the Culture Of Peace Alliance, and co-organized the September 11 inter-denominational event, The Courage For Peace: An Evening of Stories and Prayer. She volunteers with several community groups and organizations in Tucson as an expression of her faith.


Zen Desert Sangha

zen desert sangha 1is an affiliate of The Diamond Sangha, an independent Zen lineage in the Harada-Yasutani tradition: a blending of the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen. We trace our lineage back to Hakuin Ekaku, the 18th century reformer of the Rinzai sect, and Dogen Kigen, the 13th century founder of the Soto sect in Japan. Our practice combines elements of both Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions.

Shakyamuni Buddha’s thoughts on a righteous society inform our Sangha tradition.  Robert Aitken and his successors in the Diamond Sangha tradition guide and teach us. We strive for the development of our personal practice by emphasizing zazen and maintaining our zendo. Our service is to provide a place for people to learn about and practice Zen. Everyone is welcome.


The University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry

ua dpis southern Arizona’s academic center of behavioral health excellence providing compassionate inpatient and outpatient clinical treatment for adults and children, scientific research, professional education, and community leadership. Its program in Mind-Body Medicine offers interventions and treatments such as mind-body skills training, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. Research in compassion has focused on the role of compassion meditation in improving well-being of breast cancer survivors. Community programs in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training are available for local agencies and groups on a case by case basis.