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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Peacenikkin in the Tri-Cities

Snad at ConcernedTNCitizens has posted things going on in the Tri-Cities around this 5th anniversary of the Iraq War. She has also posted good thoughts on our Creating a Culture of Peace workshops:

  • Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6: CREATING A CULTURE OF PEACE Workshop.
  • Friday, April 18 through Sunday April 20: CREATING A CULTURE OF PEACE Workshop.
  • Elizabethton, First Presbyterian Church. Click here for times and details.

Unlike trainings that focus only on anti-war protest, Creating a Culture of Peace training is an incubator for participants to raise issues which most concern them --- group controversy and conflict, neighborhood violence, domestic violence, climate change, war and militarism, discrimination, video games, homelessness, peace education, and lack of health care.

The training is highly participatory and does not depend on reading a book or lectures. It draws upon the wisdom, experience and talents of all the participants and on the skills and knowledge of trainers. Mutual learning occurs through storytelling, meditation, small group sharing, brainstorming, role plays, thought-provoking exercises, music and movement. CCP offers training on nonviolence principles, analysis of social change and community-building, skills for peacemaking and resources. Every group chooses and plans concrete projects for change.

Within its first four years, Creating a Culture of Peace has traveled to 36 states and Palestine, trained thousands of participants and 300 trainers, and was adopted by national and regional faith groups and Veterans for Peace.

Click here to download a registration form. Seating is limited to 30 people per workshop.



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