Author: Stephanie Van Hook

Lesson 7 (Family Program)

“The path of nonviolence requires much more courage than violence.”

Activities for Month Seven
(Print Version Here) 
Here’s a list of the activities for the month.
Find descriptions below.

Family Meeting
Gandhi Searche…

Workshop: Constructive Dialogue

How do we create constructive dialogue across differences that seem insurmountable? Join Lou Zweier for a workshop to learn practices and tools to connect and build empathy across personal and political divides. March 31, 1-5 PM The Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa $30 dollars suggested “love offering” Contact: Lou (@)

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Why choose kindness? Podcast

Christa Tinari, founder of Peace Praxis and co-author of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School, joins Nonviolence Radio to talk about the real meaning of kindness and some practical tools that can help us to show kindness with justice in more areas of our lives. Then, Marilyn King, two-time Olympian who has turned her vision to peacebuilding, gives us a primer on how Olympian thinking can help propel values of peace and nonviolence toward the Gold! Finally, Michael dips into the Nonviolence News, and reflects on the epidemic of school shootings from a nonviolence angle. This is a very practical episode for our times!

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Unconditional Nonviolence: Mini-Retreat

  Nonviolence can sometimes be a source of worry–what if it doesn’t work? as well as contention–It’s fine for some things but it just wouldn’t work in THIS situation.    In this three hour session, we will take a deep look at nonviolence and allow ourselves to explore with curiosity and open-heartedness the nature of the limitations we place on this power taking effect in our lives and society. Where do we need healing? Where do we need greater understanding? What can we learn from the successes and “failures” of nonviolence? And what can we learn from one another? Participants will leave with practical insights, tools, and resources for their daily journey of self-discovery.   March 10, 2018 2-5 PM $25 suggested Love Offering.  2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa   Facilitated by: Michael Nagler, Founder, the Metta Center for Nonviolence Stephanie Van Hook, Executive Director, the Metta Center for Nonviolence   Co-sponsors: Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa, and the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County

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Lesson 6 (Family Program)

“I believe in the sovereign rule of love which makes no distinctions.” -Gandhi- Activities for Month Six (Print Version Here)  The following activities are options for you to implement as works best for your family throughout the entire month. None are very demanding, but each one requires of us our full presence of mind and heart. You are invited to be creative with the activities: find your own way to make it work for the children with whom you participating. Invite each other to add to the activities in ways that add to their meaning and beauty. Here’s a list of the activities for the month. Find descriptions below. Journal Family Meeting Gandhi Searches for Truth, Reading and Discussion (for whole family) Search for a Nonviolent Future, Reading and Discussion (for older teens and adults) Mealtime Activity Wisdom Tradition Passage Nature Activity   Journal Read this Daily Metta and reflect on the ‘experiment in Truth’ at the bottom.   Family Meeting This could take place around your nonviolence altar. Or in a space that you create intentionally to hold this meeting. Begin the meeting with something beautiful. Maybe a short song or a poem or an inspiring quote. Allow time for quiet reflection. Then, invite each other into the discussion. Suggested topic for this month: In what ways do we see the “law of love” working itself out in our own lives?   Reading and Discussion with Children: Gandhi Searches for Truth can help grown-ups and children have important conversations about ideas related to nonviolence. It’s most effective when we take our time with the content. Each chapter is divided into a quote, a story, and a nonviolence principle. The quote is intended largely for the older child/adult reader, but feel free to read and then explain, in your own words, to the children with whom you are working. You may want to make a copy of the chapter’s illustration (or have the child/children draw it themselves) as well as take the Gandhi quote, and write it out on a piece of paper, decorate it, make it beautiful, and add these to your nonviolence altar for the month. When the month is over, you can choose to leave them on the altar, or create a book where you post your journey together, something to look back upon. We’re on Chapter SIX now. As previously explained, read it on your own first. Take time to consider how you would put the quote and the content of the chapter into your own words. Depending on the age of the child, you may be called on to simply show the picture, read it through, and then explain in your own words. That’s OK. If the child is able to engage with the material (and I believe, if you are patient and creative, that this is possible as early as three years), ask them to put what they heard into their own words too. Ask the child to “read” it to you–to teach […]

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Come network at the Petaluma Peace Network’s headquarters at 205 Keller Street. We’ll meet in Suites 202D and 203. Bring a friend and your business card! Silent Auction items will be on display in 202B. “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”  -Margaret Wheatly-

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Interrupting Incarceration with Nonviolence

  Kazu Haga of East Point Peace Academy comes back to Nonviolence Radio with one of his students, Dion Martin. Martin became a trainer for Kingian Nonviolence through Kazu’s program while incarcerated at the San Francisco County Jail. After three years, he was acquitted and is now exploring ways of sharing his practice with others who have been in similar situations. Listen to the way their stories weave together, and what they have to say about nonviolence. Stay for the second half of the show where we explore the underreported gems of nonviolence in our news, including a tribute to the late scholar and nonviolent strategist, Gene Sharp.

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Rehumanization inside prisons

In this 8-minute TedX Talk from within Graterford State Prison, we get to turn the spotlight on the science of nonviolence through the power of rehumanization. Reflection: In what ways have your experiences shaped your views on the prison system in your country, and what is one thing you learned from Anthony Wyatt’s talk?  

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