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Did you miss our January 2 presentation by Dr. Catherine Meeks? Here is the link to watch, and share! Deep racial healing is at hand!

Episcopal Peace Fellowship's series of free, one hour, online presentations continues on Sunday, February 6 at 4:00 pm Eastern with learning from Dan Hines, "A Hidden Wholeness: Exploring a Circle of Trust." We hope to see you there. Bring a friend!
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/episcopal-peace-fellowship-peacebuilding-online-project-courage-hines-tickets-156345332097

A HIDDEN WHOLENESS: EXPLORING A CIRCLE OF TRUST 

Mentored by the activist and writer Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, Dan Hines serves as an international freelance speaker, therapist, workshop facilitator and leadership consultant in various contexts and communities. His workshops and programs have taken him to China, Central America, throughout Canada and the U.S., and on sailboats and hiking trails. Dan, an Anglican priest, is co-founder of the intentional community, RareBirds Housing Co-operative, has run for public office, and has managed a zoo! www.danhines.ca

Our “hidden wholeness” is our safe haven amid the violence of the storm around us.

Parker J. Palmer writes about this blizzard that swirls around and within us as “fear and frenzy, greed and deceit, and indifference to the suffering of others. We all know stories of people who have wandered off into this madness and been separated from their own souls… it’s easy to believe that the soul -- that life-giving core of the human self, with its hunger for truth and justice, love and forgiveness -- has lost all power to guide our lives”. 
We seek refuge from the storm to pause, to look inward, and to catch a glimpse of the soul and to listen deeply to that small voice inside of you that speaks the truth about you, your work, and the world. In this introduction to the Circle of Trust® workshop, we will renew our courage and capacity to weather the storm in an inclusive, safe, and disciplined space of ‘solitude in community’. We will explore the theme of wholeness using the practices of storytelling, evocative readings and poetry, inner reflection, guided meditations, and facilitated discussions. 

See Dan's website for more events: www.danhines.ca 
www.couragerenewal.org 

Episcopal Peace Fellowship's series of free, one hour, online presentations continues on Sunday, January 2 at 4:00 pm Eastern with learning from the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, presented by Dr. Catherine Meeks. We hope to see you there.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/episcopal-peace-fellowship-peacebuilding-online-project-absalom-jones-tickets-156252067139

THE DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY OF HEALING RACISM'S WOUNDS

Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing (www.centerforracialhealing.org) is a collaborative initiative between the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and The Episcopal Church. It works closely with the Presiding Bishop's Staff and dioceses to address the wounding caused by racism by creating brave spaces where the truth can be told.

Catherine Meeks, PhD, takes the healing of racism deeper than politics to address the injuries and grievances we bear in our hearts. Dr. Meeks, our presenter, is the Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing as well as the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-cultural Studies and Sociology from Wesleyan College.

Catherine is an author who has published seven books including her recently co-authored book, Passionate for Justice, Ida B. Wells- A Prophet for Our Times which was released in September 2019 and her edited book Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America which focuses on racial healing and reconciliation published in 2016. She is a regular contributor to Hospitality which is published monthly by the Open Door Community. She is involved with prison work and faithfully visits a person who was formally on death row. She is committed to working for the abolition of the death penalty, writing and helping to create spaces where transformation and rebirth can occur. All of her work is grounded and supported by her understanding of C.G. Jung, an array of theological/philosophical thinkers, and her long spiritual journey's engagement with scripture and other sacred texts. 

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Did you miss our December 5 presentation by the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith? Here is the link to watch, and share! Braver Angels: learn to listen and not leave your sacred ground.

Episcopal Peace Fellowship's series of free, one hour, online presentations continues on Sunday, December 5 at 4:00 pm Eastern with learning from Braver Angels, presented by the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith. We hope to see you there.
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HOW DO WE LIVE WITH DIFFERENT POLITICAL CONVICTIONS BUT WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE? IS RELATIONSHIP STILL POSSIBLE?


A safe space is where we all agree. A brave space is where we dare to encounter the other and stay true to ourselves. We can find a safe space. A brave space has to be created. 


American society has, for decades, been fragmenting into groups of the like-minded, so that we are losing the spirit and the skills to relate to human beings as opposed to mirrors. Bishop Mark Beckwith and Braver Angels offer ways we can regain the capacity to live authentically in the midst of diversity.


The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith was Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (2007-2018) and now serves as Partnership Coordinator for Bishops United Against Gun Violence. He is active with Braver Angels, https://braverangels.org. Virginia Liberal Donna Murphy says, "Braver Angels changed my life. Enough of us together can save our country." Iowa Conservative Chris Peters says, "Braver Angels is the solution to the divisiveness and rancor threatening our nation."
Braver Angels’ premise is at this time of crisis, we need more than civility, empathy, and goodwill. We need courage.


Bishop Beckwith will introduce the Braver Angels approach to relationship across the divides. 

Episcopal Peace Fellowship's series of free, online presentations continues on Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 pm Eastern with the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Dr. Michael Nagler. This session will last an hour and a half, rather than our usual one hour.

Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 pm Eastern
THE THIRD HARMONY: NONVIOLENCE AND THE NEW STORY OF HUMAN NATURE
Presented by: Michael Nagler

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In this session, we will view and discuss a film featuring diverse voices who dare to act on three hypotheses: 1. Everyone has a good core. 2. We are all connected. 3. Problems have solutions. Dr. Michael Nagler shows that, despite all that has gone tragically wrong, despite what we are told about ourselves, the human story is rooted in nonviolence which is the only way to be true to ourselves. 


Michael Nagler, author of The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature, and multiple books on non-violence, is a former classics professor at Cal Berkeley. He is the founder of Metta Center for Nonviolence, https://mettacenter.org, which brings together the project of inner peace with action for justice and reconciliation, bringing to bear the insights of Eastern meditation practices. 

What do the following compelling titles have in common? We'll be reading and discussing them starting this fall as we launch the Episcopal Peace Fellowship Peacebuilder's Book Club. Join us: learn and connect with other justice-minded disciples as we explore living into non-violence and peace.

Third Saturday each month at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Email epfactnow@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

(Note: this is not the same as our Peacebuilding Online Series!

This is a separate, more informal time for sharing our own wisdom and insight.)

The Schedule:

Rosalind Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? (led by the author on September 18, 2021)

Martha Nussbaum, The New Religious Intolerance (led by Dan Edwards on October 16, 2021)

Scott Bader-Saye, Following Jesus In A Culture Of Fear (led by Lyndon Shakespeare on November 20, 2021)

Howard Thurman, Jesus & the Disinherited (led by Bob Lotz in December, 2021)

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste (led by Harry Gunkel in January, 2022)

Arthur C. Brooks, Love Your Enemies (led by Bryan Hinson in February, 2022)

Valarie Kaur, See No Stranger (led by Mike Wallens in March, 2022)

Amanda Henderson, Holy Chaos (led by the author in April, 2022)

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom (led by Rob Burgess in May, 2022)

Lisa Schirch, The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding (led by Randy Heyn-Lamb in July, 2022)

Resmaa Menakhem, My Grandmother’s Hands (led by Shannon MacVean-Brown)

Walter Wink, Jesus & Nonviolence: A Third Way (led by Janet Chisholm)

Krister Stendahl, The Roots of Violence

Michael Nagler, The Third Harmony: Non-Violence and the New Story of Human Nature (led by Chris Sabas)

Patricia Raybon, My First White Friend

Mohandas Gandhi, Pathways to Nonviolent Resistance

John Dear, The Nonviolent Life (led by Cody Maynus)

John Lederach, The Moral Imagination (led by Richard Wineland) 

Michael Battle, Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology Of Desmund Tutu (led by Kathy McGregor)

Joyce Penfield, Before you Die, Plant a Tree (led by the author)

Vandana Shiva, One Earth, One Humanity Vs The 1%

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers In Their Own Land (Christy Close Erskine)

Coline Covington, For Goodness Sake

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JOIN US AND SPREAD THE WORD!

EPF's series of free, one-hour online presentations continues on Sunday, September 5 at 4:00 pm Eastern with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University's The STAR Program: Healing Trauma As a Way to Peace.

Sunday, September 5 at 4:00 pm Eastern

Presented by: Katie Mansfield of Eastern Mennonite University 

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THE STAR PROGRAM: 

HEALING TRAUMA AS A WAY TO PEACE 

Whether working in advocacy, healthcare, education, government, care-giving, activism, or in any kind of leadership or community building capacity, stressors add up. Impacts of stress and trauma can contribute to cycles of violence, but they can also lead us to break free from toxic patterns. 

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is a global peace and justice learning community. The Center offers transformational leadership programs including the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) and STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience). https://emu.edu/cjp/. This introduction to STAR will include:

*definitions of resilience and trauma,

*diverse impacts of stress and trauma on body, brain, beliefs and behaviors, 

*the cycles of acting in and acting out that often result, and 

*an overview of strategies for breaking free of cycles of violence and building resilience, including meeting justice needs.

Katie Mansfield facilitates learning about trauma-sensitivity and resilience-building amidst conflict, stress, and adversity in multiple contexts. She has worked in the field of peacebuilding for over fifteen years and with STAR for about six years. She recently completed doctoral work focused on arts-based, embodied learning for resilience building. 

Katie's prior experience includes work in the US in corporate, nonprofit, higher education and youth programs; and in Kenya, India, and the Philippines (Mindanao) with peace education, trauma awareness and resilience training, environmental education and conflict transformation initiatives. 

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