Got 10 minutes? Calling all religious educators to take our survey! 

Peace Centers International's President, Rev. Dr. Margo Ruark will be presenting a poster session on collective meditation for peace at the Religious Education Association's annual conference in November. She would like to include data from peace educators who are active in the field.


Purpose of this study

This study is designed to identify opportunities for religious educators to expand their role as peacemakers in the community. Our hypothesis is that peace in a community is best achieved through well-led collective contemplative peace practices. Obtaining data from you is vital to our understanding of how collective intelligence oriented toward peace can realize a more peaceful world for all. We are polling active religious educators to determine level of motivation and workable approaches towards refining our hypothesis.

 "Religious Educators" is a broad category. In addition to clergy or those with college degrees in Religious Studies, it  may include yoga teachers, life coaches, business coaches, nutritionists, therapists, health care professionals, teachers, or lay people who work with others directly. 

"Contemplative peace practices" may be defined as any number of practices where the emphasis is discovering, awakening, or amplifying inner and outer peace. This includes various meditation and prayer techniques, and the inwardly focused parts of other practices including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. They may be silent or use words or dialogue, or involve artistic elements.
This survey is only for persons who meet BOTH of the following criteria:
a)    Are active religious educators/teachers of spiritual principles (been teaching in the last two years); AND
b)    Teach/lead/facilitate contemplative peace practices with groups of two or more.

All responses will be kept in strictest confidence. Individual responses will not be identified, but all data will be combined and analyzed in the aggregate. At the end of several questions is a comment box for free text. Please feel free to include further explanation of your response. We appreciate your taking the time to complete this survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.


Questions may be directed to Rev. Dr. Margo Ruark, Peace Centers International, Inc. at

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