Terry Mason has only been on a cruise once in her life, invited by a friend who was booked as a performer on the ship. The performers on this ship didn’t have luxury accommodations, but it was a wonderful adventure that involved a short plane ride, boarding a second ship, and sharing Greek Easter dinner with the Greek crew. It’s a story of seeing others, and being seen — and has a twist at the end that ended up with Terry almost being arrested! The meditation and the ending all tied in with being seen, and inviting everyone to really see one another, knowing that everyone we meet has a full life and existence, and deserves to be seen. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle, and share your emerging stories!
Especially following the Uvalde school shooting, and the other mass shootings in the 2 weeks prior, Darin Detweiler’s story was especially tender and poignant. Having begun his life as a nuclear engineer aboard a submarine in the Navy, he had a baby boy in 1991 with his wife, named Riley. After a year of being away, he left the Navy so that he could be with his family. Soon after, an invisible threat took hold, and his little, 16-month old son, caught eColi from exposure at day care. Just 23 days later, Riley died from the devastation to his small body. Darin decided that the best way he could continue to be a father to Riley, was to learn more, find out why, and attempt to overcome the invisible threats that are posed by food borne illness every day. He now has a PhD, has written books, and is an advisor to the USDA and Department of Agriculture. Yet, the numbers of people who get sick, and of those who die - 3000 each year - from food borne illnesses have not changed in 30 years. Making eColi a household name was a success. Shades of improvement can be defined. Binary options of all or nothing are unlikely to be possible. The breakout rooms invited people to share their feelings, about Darin’s story, or the recent events. Finding hope in dark times is easier in the gentle presence of others. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle, and share your emerging stories.
Ann Cummings is a professional facilitator of Restorative Justice Circles at www.circlepracticeconsulting.com, and brought forth a tender and vulnerable story of how a circle went wrong. The core of the story is looking at how do each of us recognize with awareness and attunement to a given situation, and see the relational aspects between people — or do not do those things. Often we have the skills and operate poorly. Often we do not have the skills, and don’t know how to react. In some cases, we are in situations where we feel less power to take action and possibly make things better. The conversations brought forth how each of us might be aware in a heightened way, understanding that everyone in any circle — any situation — has different lived experiences that they are bringing in. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!