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Transforming Community

The JustPeace way takes a systems approach to conflict because we embrace transformed communities – communities that have space, resources and relational practices that can include all in loving and supportive ways. If conflict is simply two ideas seeking to share space, we don’t always have to change the ideas or the people who have the ideas, sometimes we can change the space in ways that lovingly embrace our different ideas.

Smith Mountain Lake – Peace Fest 2016

On April 30th, an anticipated 250 high school students, college students, friends and family will meet at Trinity Ecumenical Church in Smith Mountain Lake, VA to learn, study and visualize a Pathway to Peace for the present and future…

Several speakers and law enforcement will be present as well as two Keynote Speakers. Our own Vicki Gardner will speak about “her vision” of SML and The Chamber of Commerce moving forward. The 2nd Keynote Speaker is David Anderson Hooker; he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our topic Education: A Pathway to Peace.

Honoring Relationships

During difficult times, when divisiveness is pervasive, attention to the quality of relationships often suffers. In order to find a way forward, relationships must be honoring. A relationship is honoring when it provides space for authentic self-expression and seeks to not do violence to the Other because of the differences. A relationship is honoring, when it has as its highest priority the dignity of all.

Welcoming Conversations

In structuring Welcoming Conversations, the Golden Rule does not apply. The answer is not: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; rather, what makes a conversation welcoming is if you find out how they want to be treated and structure the conversation to account for those concerns.

Engaging Conflict

In distinguishing between the acceptance of people and the rejection of their ideas, we engage them as parts of God’s creation fully worthy of consideration and relationship

Meaningful Conversations on Race

David Anderson Hooker recently participated in a General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) video series called Vital Conversations. The video of his talk is supplemented by GCORR produced resources including a Discussion Guide and a quiz.

Anniversaries, Anxieties and New Narratives

When the entire community experiences loss, the work of congregational leaders is to create such containers for the entire community of faith and then to hold the container and be present; not with rituals, requirements, or expectations, but with love, grace, hope and patience.