“Blessed are they who instead of trying to batter down the gates of the kingdom of heaven approach
Unity in Peace (index)
Meeting Peace Pilgrim (index)
Returning to center requires discipline. To simplify conversations this week, consider:
The youth are very happy to have outstanding figures in the Palestinian and Israeli communities serving as Coordinators of the Cafe Program. Mrs. Dorothy Harman, Chair Elect of the International YMCA in Jerusalem and Professor Mohammed Dajani, of IPCRI, and Chairman of the American Studies Department of Al Quds University bring years of leadership within their respective communities. They will be hosting and organizing the programs at the Seeds Cafe each month.
South Asia Program:
"This week, Seeds of Peace is holding its first South Asia Regional Conference for Indian, Pakistani and Afghan students in Karjat, India.
The regional workshop will teach the youth and educators about dealing with conflicts and encourage them how to apply their training to dialogue across national boarders. The overall theme for the Conference, Creative Conversations: Building Bridges, will focus on strengthening skills, knowledge and attitudes related to the issues that divide and unite South Asian Seeds and educators. Together and separately, the youth and educators will learn about culturally suitable dialogue models, analyze strategies that support conflict transformation, practice and apply the listening and speaking skills required for creative conversations, and assess ways to keep dialogue channels open."
Delegation Leaders Program:
"Under the auspices of the Seeds of Peace Delegation Leaders Program, 25 male and female teachers from governmental and private schools in Gaza have enrolled in a 60-hour course on tolerance and non-violence held at Al Aqsa University.
The teacher training course, called Toward Tolerance and Peaceful Society is being taught by six professionals and professors from across Gaza. Each is delivering 10-15 hours of instruction with the goal of emphasizing the value of peace. More specifically, teachers are being trained to incorporate these subjects within their classrooms and encourage these concepts within their communities. The workshop enhances teachers' skills in effective communication, conflict and crisis management, and accepting each other."
Al Quds and Hebrew University Students
"In an effort to widen our impact within the greater regional community, Seeds of Peace, through the Center for Coexistence, has organized a weekly dialogue group composed of students from these universities. The group is comprised of Israeli and Palestinians who have dedicated their academic and future careers to understanding the conflict and peacemaking.
Conferences in Mumbai
"Our South Asia regional follow-up program to the camp experience brings together Indians and Pakistanis for conferences throughout the year and keeps the youth engaged locally with one another. In Mumbai, the South Asia program recently hosted the first part of a “Bring-a-Friend” Workshop, in collaboration with the Mumbai City Museum. The museum currently features an interactive multimedia exhibition titled "Eternal Gandhi" based on the life and times of the Mahatma. The Seeds viewed the exhibition, discussed it with one another and reflected on it.
Based on the themes of the exhibition, Gandhi’s message, and it's relevance in today's time, the students have developed a follow-up workshop to take place later this month. The museum has kindly donated the use of their auditorium for discussions and group work. The youth will bring friends to the follow-up workshop and develop scripts for street theatre.
Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandson (also on our Campers' Selection Committee) is expected to meet with the youth at the museum session and share some stories. The program focuses on a great peacemaker, and subsequent workshops and theatre performances emphasize the many ways Seeds continue their work of peace in their lives."
Peaceful Initiatives (index)
Peacemakers Incorporated has remained grounded in its mission, values and perspectives on personal, local, national and international levels to explore and implement peaceful solutions to human conflict. They will sponsor the Third International Women’s Peace Conference, to be held in Dallas, Texas, USA scheduled on July 10-15, 2007. For more information see: www.womenspeaceconference.org/index.htm
Light a Candle for Peace: www.webshots.com/sp/peace_candle/
From 1953 to 1981 Peace Pilgrim walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." In the course of her 28-year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message continues to inspire people all over the world: www.peacepilgrim.org/pphome.htm
The Alliance for a New Humanity includes people from all regions of the world and from all walks of life - united by a common vision: to strengthen and sustain an actively compassionate humanity. This group is open to anyone who pursues this goal. More information in: www.anhglobal.org/index.php
Everyone is invited to send in news articles published in the mass media about events and initiatives contributing to the global movement for the culture of peace in any of its components: peace education, sustainable development, understanding, and others. To learn more about the International Decade for a Culture of Peace go to: decade-culture-of-peace.org
Circles of Light is an organization committed to celebrating and honoring the bright potential and sacred wholeness in all people, in communities across the globe: www.circlesoflight.org/index.html
Dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. Seeds of Peace has been functioning since 1993: www.seedsofpeace.org/site/PageServer
To see World Prayers written by spiritual visionaries visit: www.worldprayers.org
Anecdotes from my Correspondence (index)
A comment from San Francisco, California, USA: "I recently returned to the frenetic world of haste and schedules, but they are part of life. I’ve found it difficult to return to my studies. . . I always try to remain alert, to enjoy each day and see even the smallest things that happen around me!”
Mayte: My dear friend, how beautiful to know that you maintain a great level of alertness. I invite you also to reflect that we can accomplish a state of more profound Inner Peace when we constantly pay attention to our inner voice and this process is facilitated when we dedicate at least a few minutes of our daily routine to be centered, to stay in balance, and to prepare for the day to come. A daily routine of at least 5 minutes of meditation can produce great fruits. In this way we expand our perspective of the circumstances in which we find ourselves instead of being overwhelmed by circumstances. In this way we increase the probabilities of generating new ideas that help us to improve the quality of life for ourselves and the ones we love. It is with this personal time that we can remember who we are truly and we then can make an effort to explore all our potential and bring it in service to others.
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