San Diego Events Calendar

Please contact San Diego Site Director Sarah Heirendt at with questions about our upcoming events.

HOP takes no political position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict beyond affirming the human rights of all involved. Our events are designed to inspire dialogue amongst supporters and alumni and expose supporters to diverse perspectives. We hope you will join us!


Peace Heroes Walk
Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Magee Park, Carlsbad
The Peace Heroes Walk is a joint initiative between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation and San Diego Rotarians. Peace heroes are people from all walks of life who have taken risks to embody nonviolent ideas (justice, reconciliation, interconnection and rejection of vengeance) and have succeeded in making the world a less violent and more just place. We will honor heroes like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Malala and HOP Founder Gretchen Grad by carrying signs with their images and quotes. While PeaceHeroes Walks have been held in other cities, this will be the first time for San Diego and we want you to be a part of it.  We have many common interests and we welcome your participation. 
This event is free and open to the public. Wear your favorite peace themed T-shirt. There will be live entertainment and a 2 mile walk starting from the Gazebo. If you have any questions please reach out to our walk organizers at

HOPEducation Event: San Diego Alumni Share About Their Israel/Palestine Trip 
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff by the Sea
Please join us for an evening of reflection as our San Diego alumni discuss their recent visit to Israel-Palestine. For the first time ever Chicago and San Diego alumni went on a dual narrative trip to the region. Hear about the San Diego alumni experience and see photos of their incredible journey. Highlights from this trip include: staying with host families in the region, visiting fellow alumni and a packed itinerary that included time in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Haifa, and Tel Aviv. RSVP to Sarah Heirendt.

HOPEducation Book Club
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 5:00pm
Residence of Jenny Parker
San Diego Book Club is reading "Lawrence in Arabia" by Scott Anderson. The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, "a sideshow of a sideshow." As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. At the center of it all was Lawrence himself. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions. Based on four years of intensive primary document research, "Lawrence in Arabia" definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Please bring a dish to share, and RSVP to Eileen Maurer.

HOPEducation Night with Peter Bolland
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:00pm
Christ Presbyterian Church
7807 Centella St., Carlsbad
Please join us for the next HOPEducation event featuring Peter Bolland! His lecture will explore building peace with insights from the world's wisdom traditions. What practical advice do the world's religions and philosophies offer when it comes to the vexing problem of mending old wounds and healing painful conflicts? It is often lamented that our religious diversity is the source of so much of the animosity in the world, but the fact remains, it is from deep within those very same spiritual and religious traditions that the medicine comes to heal our woundedness. Please join us for this insightful, thought-provoking and engaging exploration! RSVP to Sarah Heirendt.
Bolland is the chair of the humanities department and a professor of philosophy and humanities at Southwestern College where he teaches world religions, world mythology, ethics, and Asian philosophy. Bolland is also a columnist for both Unity Magazine and the San Diego Troubadour as well as an award winning singer-songwriter and poet. Bolland brings all of these threads together with frequent public speaking, performing, and teaching presentations in the wider community, including a bi-monthly Satsang (guided meditation workshop) at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living. All of his published writing can be seen on his blog "Thinking Through," and a complete calendar of upcoming events is available at