JoeThorntonWe’re thrilled to announce that Great Conjunction Spiritual Center is working with another very important non-profit called Children As The Peacemakers.

The threat of war and nuclear arms is a terrifyingly real one; even more so now than in the past. Something needs to be done and frequently, grass-roots operations make a huge difference. That’s what’s happening now.

Children As The Peacemakers is an organization dedicated to making peace happen through the creative participation of children from around the globe.

P Montandon 1Pat Montandon, an author, humanitarian, activist and philanthropist who has devoted her life to making our world a place of peace, hope and love, founded Children As The Peacemakers in the early 1980’s. She is also a great supporter of Great Conjunction. Over the years she has become a mentor and dear friend of mine and played an integral role in John’s and my wedding.

Beginning in 1982, Pat Montandon took children from around the world on 37 different global trips to meet with world leaders. President Reagan, Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev, Indira Gandhi of India, German Chancellor Kohl, Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II and China’s Premiere Zhao Ziyang are just some of the world leaders who met with Pat and the children.

For all her works, Pat is a UN Peace Messenger Award recipient and is a three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize as well as being recognized by other countries.

Now Pat is coming out of retirement and planning a new trip to sue for peace. This time, she’s intends to take a small delegation to meet with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.

P Montandon 4TrimmedI am honored and excited to say that Pat invited me to help her organize and promote this trip. When she called, you can bet I didn’t hesitate to say, “Yes”! So I’ll be leaving February 25th to work with Pat at her home in Beverly Hills and will be returning March 8th.

This one-of-a-kind experience for me is to not only work with but to learn from one of my greatest heroes. I’ll be able to bring the experiences and knowledge gained home and apply it to Great Conjunction so that we an make our corner of the world here in NE Ohio just that much better.

I know you’d like to be, in some way, involved in this amazing project and we have two ways for that to happen. For adults, you can make a donation. To do that, we ask you to email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of how the check should be made out and where to send it.

For children ages 6 to sixteen to be an important part of this project, we ask that they create drawings or write letters about the fear of nuclear war and ask for Peace. Write them to North Korean Great Leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald J. Trump. Mail them to:

Peace To The Planet

1243 Lago Vista Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 902210

After the letters are received, each child will be sent a Peace To The Planet membership card.

Additionally, I encourage you to learn more about Pat Montandon and her works; she is brave and absolutely fascinating woman who has lived a life like no other. We will begin selling copies of Pat’s books at our March 24 & 25 fair at the Holiday Inn Boardman:

  • “Whispers From God: A Life Beyond Imaginings”: the true story of how Pat Montandon had to reinvent herself after a brutal divorce and the many fascinating adventures she had travelling the world with children to pursue peace.
  • “Peeing On Hot Coals”: Pat’s dramatic and heart-warming, and sometimes heart wrenching, coming of age memoir of growing up in the Dust Bowl and ending with her life married to a billionaire in San Francisco.
  • “Making Friends”: chronicles the true story of two 11-year old girls, one from Moscow, one from San Francisco, who traveled across America learning about each other and their different cultures.
  • “Celebrities and Their Angels”: a collection of angel sketches and writings by fifty-two celebrities from Whoopi Goldberg to Mikhail Gorbachev, commemorating A Gathering of Angels, an event benefitting a project to halt violence against children.

I will keep everyone posted with what’s happening during my trip to Beverly Hills and the future developments in the progress of the trip to North Korea.

Till then, be well and happy. I’ll see you soon!