Exploring Peace began as a blog in 2010 as Whitney felt an invitation to explore the gift of God's peace and also share that gift with others. Today, it is a ministry of embodied spirituality offering soul care through retreats, spiritual direction, yoga, meditation, and more and is overseen by founder, Whitney Simpson and the Exploring Peace Ministries Advisory Council.
Why the dove and olive branch? While the journey of peace is unique for each of us, these classic early symbols of Christianity, capture an invitation for exploration. By the 5th century, a dove with an olive branch was an international symbol of peace. It was then that St. Augustine wrote, "perpetual peace is indicated by the olive branch which the dove brought with it when it returned to the ark." The gift of God's perpetual peace is one worth clinging to and must never be taken for granted.