Posted by Eric Peterson

On Wednesday, February 13th, RCFC welcomes Paul K. Chappell, an international peace educator who now serves as the Peace Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Santa Barbara, California. Bill Timpson, who graduated from West Point and was deployed to Iraq before leaving active duty as a Captain, will introduce our speaker.

Mr. Chappell is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living, and our shared humanity. The first six published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, The Art of Waging Peace, The Cosmic Ocean, and Soldiers of Peace.  Lecturing across the United States and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on Peace Leadership and Peace Literacy. 

Our speaker grew up in Alabama, the son of a multi-racial father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. He grew up in a violent household, and has arrived at a new understanding of war and peace, rage and trauma, and has forged a new vision, purpose, and hope. His website is

As our country emerges from a century of almost continuous warfare, this discussion is much needed, and is a compelling topic for U.S. citizens, and Rotary members in particular, considering the Rotary Foundation’s long-standing commitment to promoting peace, and this current year’s focus on literacy.