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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A Testimonial for Creating a Culture of Peace

I haven't reported yet on our Creating a Culture of Peace workshop. It was very good. We had a good group of participants, including our own Sandra, who blogs at ConcernedTNCitizens. You need to check out her blog for a review of the weekend. Sandra sez:

This IS training that can be utilized in daily life, be it with a member of the family, at work, or in a protest line. It IS a commitment of time and energy. It IS exhausting. Most importantly, it IS worth the time, and it IS worth sharing. There is one workshop left, and there are openings. I hope after you read this there won't be. Our community needs this! We need tools that will help us build our strength, whether it be the strength to get through another day with a pushy co-worker, or the strength necessary to get county commissioners to clean up their act, or to push our administration to end the war. We need it. And since each of you is a part of We, you need it, too.

We have one more weekend. We have about 15 registered. The limit is 30. So if you have been dallying, dally no more. Sign up, sign on, tune in, turn out.

Here are the details for the third and final weekend of Creating a Culture of Peace. Here are bios of the presenters:



TED GORDON is an electrical engineer at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and a seminarian at Wesley Theological Seminary. He has studied issues of justice and peace for 30 years. Over the last several years he has been trying to combine contemplation and public witness—most recently at Los Alamos in New Mexico, the Pentagon, and the School of Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia. Ted earned the CCP-trainer certificate April 2007, and he edits and ghostwrites for Father John Dear. He and Christy live with their two sons in Gaithersburg, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.


CHRISTY GORDON, a psychotherapist, has her own practice in
Gaithersburg and serves the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America as a teacher of conflict resolution and as a counselor. For several years she was a member of Church of the Saviour’s Wellspring Conference Center, helping guide seekers on the spiritual journey. Later as a member of the Dayspring Silent Retreat Center, she led day-long retreats. A CCP trainer, Christy led a nine-week nonviolence seminar this past autumn. She and Ted have been married 27 years, and their getaway weekends have lately been at large gatherings protesting torture and war.
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