Our special guest is Kendra Mon, who talked of leaving legacies and living legacies. Her parents shaped and molded her passion to advocate for a Department of Peacebuilding, and this day is the 19th anniversary of the bill being introduced to Congress. Her moms, Phyllis Lyn and Del Martin were activists for the Lesbian community, authoring the book, Lesbian Woman. The documentary about them and their work, No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, is available free on Amazon Prime and for rent on Vimeo. Kendra read from the book, in part, “…The Great Society can only be great as they know, appreciate, love, understand and express their diversity and individuality. No longer is toleration acceptable. The Lesbians, along with all oppressed people, want freedom — and we want it now!” Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at the next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!
Liz Gannon Graydon opened with a reading, and then Jelena Popovic shared her own story, and invited everyone to consider a question she is asked often, when people are curious about her accent: are you a US citizen? What does this question mean? In the break-outs, people were invited to the inquiry of whether they have one foot in the boat — one foot in the past and one in the present. What’s keeping us from being in the present, and being here? Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at the next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!
How can Peacebuilding Promote Racial Justice?
And how can YOU help it Happen?
Find out on The Peace Alliance Monthly Call!
Tuesday, March 9th, 2020
Heart Phoenix was one of the Peace Alliance's original founders, in 2004. She and Jeffrey Weisberg served on our board for years, and went on to found the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (RPCP). RPCP is now a groundbreaking international pioneer in training and facilitation of restorative justice, social-emotional learning, police-youth dialogues, and other skills and modalities so fundamental to transform our culture towards peace!!
Wendy Greene, former Managing Director of the Peace Alliance, joined as our guest. She shared a very personal story of her own family history and her evolution in understanding the impacts on her life, and of her experiences in Ghana when studying to become a Certified Peace Practitioner with Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith at the Agape Spiritual Center in Los Angeles — and tied them both to what is happening in our country today, and how she is feeling called to respond. The invitation in the small group discussions was to explore what parts of your own personal biography that feel really alive right now, and that seem to give you an entree into the story we’re living in this moment. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at the next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!
Dave Trachtenberg was our guest, and he led the group on a journey, inviting people to recall a time that was especially difficult, and what they did to come through it. The resilience we have all experienced is needed at this time. The support each one of us can give to one another is needed at this time. The small group break-outs resulted in connections that were especially deep. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at the next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!
Our special guest today was Eileen Edwards, once a college roommate of our own Liz Gannon Graydon and now a minister in Canada. She took time to ground everyone deeply, and suggested that the world will be a better place if we eat together, pray together and hold one another’s children. Again, we had participants from all over the world — Haifa, Kamaroon, Canada — and the U.S. including Minneapolis where the events of this week have been especially difficult. The connections that people feel in the small groups are consistently rich and deep. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at the next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!