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The Awareness Foundation

Nearly 30 years ago, PAX was founded as a small force for good. The organization’s first headquarters was in a private home. The dream was to enable both deserving young people from around the world and their U.S. host families to share not only their customs, language, and points of view, but also the very essence of what it means to be family. During the first years, the program brought a small number of Spanish high school students to the U.S., working one-on-one to ensure a powerful, cross-cultural learning experience.

Spiritual Formation emphasizes our openness and receptivity to God. The heart of Spiritual Formation is about deepening your connection to God. Spiritual Formation can be described in different ways because we experience our connection to God differently. Our connection with God is how we experience life in all of its abundance and how we are continually transformed!

Our relationship with God is made possible through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, and our intentional effort. This multi-faceted relationship engages heart, soul, mind, and strength through many different practices.

You shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.  – Mark 12:30

We believe spiritual formation occurs in the individual, as well as the family and community. We envision a community that trusts so deeply in God’s active presence, that people are willing to invest in becoming disciples, and seek God in their daily life. Where religion is often seen as divisive, we work to create dialogue, understanding and peace with other faiths.

Spiritual practices are taught and experienced. Spiritual formation includes worship, reflection, prayer, meditation, retreats, discernment, intentional listening, service, bible study and more. Our diverse offerings range from the contemplative to the active, from the traditional to the current, and the spirituality discovered in nature.

We invite you to learn what God is about in your life and in the world.


“Peace is not a treaty; it is a culture.” What is peace? What does it mean to be at peace with yourself, God, and others? In recognition of International Peace Day, Father Nadim reflects on how we can understand and practice peace in our broken world.

In a time of unrest and misunderstanding, the Awareness Foundation is seeking to spread the word of peace to people everywhere, but especially those in Syria and other places of conflict in the Middle East. The Reverend Nadim Nassar is a Anglican Priest from Syria who works for peace and reconciliation through different programs on the ground in Syria. He has been a speaker at LOPC and we are grateful to partner with him in the creation of these videos.

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