Peace Through Action USA was borne from a spiritual call experienced in 2014 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 interpersonal and intergroup 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.