How was a Peace Center possible in a conservative farm area such as Stanislaus County. It is not a university center such as Santa Cruz or San Jose. Nor is it an area of liberal politics like Walnut Creek. Yet the Peace/Life Center is the only staffed office facility in the San Joaquin Valley.
There were or are special advantages:
Church of the Brethren (Modesto, Empire, Waterford)
Fellowship of Reconciliation meeting monthly at original Church of Brethren, Sierra Drive, behind Modesto High School
Tuolumne Coop Farm (off Illinois Ave.)
Seventh Day Adventists
WWII Conscientious Objector concentration in the area
Church World Service (Emerald Ave.) (Church of the Brethren)
Yearly training session in Modesto Migrant Ministry, Council of Churches (Los Angeles)
Wolverine Building Service
Delta Friends Meeting
Saturday Night Group - met weekly early 1950s to late 1960s.
from Roots and Fruits, a publication of the Stanislaus Peace-Life Center
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