Philip M. Hellmich

Philip Monroe Hellmich passed away Friday, April 1, 2022. He was born on November 3, 1961, in Greensburg, Indiana, the son of Richard and Phyllis Hellmich. Philip was a force for goodness in the world. As the Director of Peace at The Shift Network, he was the chief architect of the Summer of Peace, Yoga Day Summit, and World Peace Library and was the co-lead faculty of the Peace Ambassador Training. These peace programs provide skills training, inspirational stories, and powerful solutions from the world’s top peacebuilders, social change leaders, scientists, Indigenous elders, and spiritual mentors.

Philip dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground and four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. It was here that his own spiritual journey began. A daily meditation practice helped him deal with the harsh realities of war-torn countries across Africa. Philip was the Co-Director of Individual Giving from Search for Common Ground, an international organization dedicated to transforming the way the world deals with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.He worked intermittently as a freelance writer, publishing in the Washington Post, several magazines and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He was a published writer, including his book God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis, and presented nationally and internationally, including at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. He was an active member of the Yogananda community.

“Rare is the man who walks in this troubled world, his heart anchored in Divine Consciousness. Storyteller, poet and peace maker, Philip Hellmich celebrates the power of spiritual principles in the quest for global social transformation. His presentation is just superb.”  

 – Patricia Aburdene, author, Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism

Title of UFCSH talk: “The Search for Common Ground: Applying Spiritual Principles to Transform Conflict”
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
In this presentation, Philip Hellmich explores common principles between the world’s great spiritual traditions and the emerging field of conflict transformation. He gives practical examples of how spiritual principles are being applied to transform conflict in difficult places around the world. His stories are both personal and universal, linking inner transformation with the global shift in consciousness needed to address complex issues like global warming and poverty. Our ability to find creative solutions to personal, national and international issues depends on our capacity to handle conflict. He teaches universal principles and practices of responding to conflict based on Search for Common Ground’s practical experience around the world. It is for people who want to examine and transform conflict in their own lives; to understand the parallel between personal and global interactions; to deepen one’s spiritual practice regardless of his or her religious background and, to learn about Search for Common Ground’s role in the world.