Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
May 1, 2015
- GCORR – Erin Hawkins Response to the Civil Unrest in Baltimore – Erin Hawkins, the General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race, respond to the civil unrest over the death of Freddie Gray.
“When the streets of Baltimore are cleared of their destruction, when the National Guard ends its patrols of neighborhood streets, when the news cameras pull away, what then? Will we all go back to life as usual, or do we say that the time has more than passed for Church leaders, community organizers, policymakers, parents, neighbors, everyone to link arms nationwide and agree to fix unjust systems present in every aspect of our society? We must agree that black lives matter. That people living in poverty matter. That equal justice and opportunity for all matters. And then we must commit to creating policies and systems that produce solutions. Alone we are uncertain, frustrated, overwhelmed. Together we are positive changemakers.
- Re-Visioning Justice In America – Cal Turner Program at Vanderbilt University – If you weren’t able to be present for the Re-Visioning Justice in America Conference earlier this month, don’t worry – audio and video from much of the conference has been uploaded to the Cal Turner Program website. You can hear and watch presentations by Michelle Alexandria, Rev. Stacy Record, Daniel Horwitz and many more by clicking here: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ctp/RVJAConferenceContent.php
- LATimes – The deepest war wound may be the anguish of moral injury – Nancy Sherman’s excellent Op-Ed explains the difference between PTSD and Moral Injury and stresses the importance of relationships to bring healing.
The prevailing treatment for PTSD is therapy to “decondition” the fear response. But guilt, shame, raging resentment and betrayal are different from fear. To overcome them requires relationships that rebuild a soldier’s sense of trust in himself and others, no small order given the effects of war.
- Public Conversations Project – What does it mean to facilitate with purpose and poise? – For over 25 years, Public Conversations Project has fostered constructive dialogue across difference. They train individuals and communities to lead difficult conversations about the issues that matter to them, in large part through their workshops. Learn from senior practitioners Maggie Herzig and Bob Stains about “Facilitating with Purpose and Poise,” one of their core workshops…and how you can use the “Walk About” method to communicate more effectively. publicconversations.org
- IIRP – Restorative Faith Communities – Anne Martin, Director of Restorative Practices at Shalem Mental Health Network in Ontario describes the work of FaithCARE (Faith Communities Affirming Restorative Experiences) and how they prepare congregations to engage conflict in ways that lead to a restorative culture.
What does a ministry of reconciliation look like so that conflict is neither ignored and left to fester nor responded to, creating more harm? How can a congregation become conflict-friendly, learning and growing through responding well to conflict?
- Church of the Brethren: Circle of Hands – Circle of Hope – Peggie Gish writes about the trauma healing efforts taking place in Nigeria to help support people healing from the violence of Boko Haram.
The sessions give a framework for understanding how trauma affects them and others, and helps them choose positive ways of dealing with the emotions connected with trauma and open themselves to healing. This program is carried out with the hope of preventing the cycle of violence and trauma from continuing, knowing that when trauma is not dealt with, those who have been traumatized, in turn, can perpetrate violence and traumatize another group of people.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- May 7-9, 2015 – National Council of Churches – 2015 Christian Unity Gathering – Herndon, VA outside Washington, DC. The event will be a celebration of ecumenism and an opportunity to put that spirit in to practice as we continue our work to respond to the mass incarceration crior, justsis and explore our second priority, interfaith relations with a focus on peace. The keynote speaker will be 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowe
- May 11-15, 2015 – Lombard Mennonite Peace Center: Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders – Pittsburgh, 32 hours of training, which is useful for judicatory leaders, clergy, pastors in transitional/interim ministry and lay leaders – anyone who works with people!
- October 28-31st, 2015 – Pathways to Hope: Recovering from the Invisible Wounds of War – Leawood, KS. A project of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School in partnership with the Church of the Resurrection. This conference will educate service providers, medical care-givers, congregations, community and religious leaders, and veterans and their families about the struggles of reintegration into civilian society for those who have served in the military.