January 20, 2017 is Michael Nagler’s 80th birthday. It is also the inauguration date for the 45th president of the United States. “Nonviolence isn’t about putting the right person in power; it’s about awakening the right kind of power in people.” ~ Michael Nagler, Founder & President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence As a lifelong scholar and spiritual practitioner, Michael Nagler has made vast contributions to the field of nonviolence. He co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies program at UC, Berkeley, and he is the author of the American Book Award-winning Search for a Nonviolent Future. Many of us are familiar with the term “people power;” Michael coined the term “person power,” to describe how nonviolence truly begins—when an individual converts a negative drive (fear, anger, aggression) into a positive drive (universal love, compassion, resilience). Michael’s birthday aligns with the inauguration of a president who will, unwittingly, increase humanity’s desire for nonviolence. So we’re out to accomplish two things: 1. Honor Michael’s birthday and 2. Support the initiatives that he is directly involved in at the Metta Center. We would like to create 100 Person Power Awards for Michael while also raising funds for his beloved life’s work. Perhaps Michael was your favorite teacher at UC, Berkeley. Maybe his webinars and books helped you grow your understanding of nonviolence. Whatever the case, here’s your chance to award him! Head to our campaign page and show your support.
A Benefit for the Metta Center for Nonviolence
Food, music, and tools for challenging injustice and building the future on the foundation of nonviolence.
Aquas Cafe: 6- 8 pm
189 H Street, Petaluma
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The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County’s Of One Soul project and the Sebastopol Grange are co-sponsoring a day-long nonviolence training. Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017 Time: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Please arrive at 9:30, as the training will begin at 10:00 a.m.) RSVP: Don’t wait: Attendance is limited to 50 people Location: Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave. (HWY 12), Sebastopol, CA (It’s a green building set back from a white fence along the north side of Hwy 12, just east of downtown and near the famous “Strawberries” farm stand.) Location is wheelchair-accessible. Tuition: $20.00 – $40.00 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BROWN-BAG LUNCH AND BEVERAGE. Training for a Nonviolent Response to Fear & Hate This introductory-level training includes: nonviolence theory, brainstorming about threats in our communities, ways to handle fear, The C.L.A.R.A. method of de-escalation, practice role-plays and more. Our lead trainer, Mica Stumpf, received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C., Berkeley and has been a nonviolence trainer for 5 years. In the fall of 2013 she spent six weeks working with an international peace team in Jeju Island, South Korea. Since January of 2013, she has been working as a Kingian Nonviolence trainer with Positive Peace Warrior Network and East Point Peace Academy. This work has opened the opportunity to teach nonviolence in local jails, tapping into a passion to serve communities most affected by violence. She has also trained in restorative justice and mediation. In 2015 Mica Stumpf became a nonviolence trainer with the Metta Center for Nonviolence. In 2016 she became a certified counselor and currently also works as an assistant teacher at Interchange Counseling Institute. She lives in Oakland, CA. Background and Purpose of Training: The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and ICSC’s Of One Soul project are working with other faith and social action groups to establish a nonviolent network of goodwill in Sonoma County: Trained people who have agreed to step forward supportively, if a person or group in our community is scapegoated, threatened, harassed, or abused. We are concerned in particular for Muslims and Latino immigrants, because of the hateful and threatening tone of the U.S. presidential campaign rhetoric over the past year. We know from history what happens when we fail to act in the face of bullying and abuse. On January 8 we will (and receive) training on how to respond nonviolently and supportively. For more information: David Hoffman, Chair, Interfaith Council of Sonoma County Email: SonomaCountyInterfaith@sonic.net
Now What?—After the Election: The Tikkun Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration Now What? is a two-day strategy conference for liberals and progressives about what direction the left should take after the results of the November election and a ceremony on Sunday to give out the Tikkun Award to a few of the many people whose lives are embodying Tikkun’s message of global healing and transformation. This year’s awards feature noted peace-activist and singer Holly Near, award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone (most recently, the new movie “Snowden”), Rabbi Arik Ascherman (for 21 years chair of Rabbis for Human Rights), Stanford history professor and editor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Clayborne Carson, cultural anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Aaron Davidman (creator of “Wrestling with Jerusalem” and more! We also want to “honor the activists,” so if you are one, come! If you know some, invite them to come! And if you would like to honor those people who have been activists, come! But come also if you simply want to participate in thinking through the challenges facing us in American society in the coming 4-8 years (not just in electoral politics, but in changing the direction of our society). Date and time: November 12 and 13 Location: Berkeley, CA See the full event details.
After Confrontation, Then What? Nonviolence in the 21st Century The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University will be hosting this roundtable symposium and on the role and relevance of nonviolence to the social, economic, and cultural conflict challenges that new frameworks of violence—from terrorism to climate change—present in this century. Date and time: Thursday, November 10; 9:30am – 4:30pm EST Participants include: Clayborne Carson Johan Galtung Shamil Idris Mary King Lester Kurtz Michael Nagler Jamila Raqib Jagadesh Shukla Maria Stephan See the event flyer for full details.
~A Benefit for Metta Center for Non-Violence~ Friday, Sept. 23rd At the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics 99 W 6th St. in Old Town Santa Rosa 6:30: Food, drinks and socializing. 7:30: Program Music and an original Revue entitled “Who do We Owe?” featuring Abraham Entin and friends doing lively original and familiar songs that explore questions of debt from a political/spiritual perspective. Also performing will be The Sebastopol Love Choir and Lloyd Ferris No charge for admission.
The Moment Calls for Peace Tuesday, July 19 at 9am PST: Michael Nagler of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Kazu Haga of East Point Academy will be hosting an online peace training. If you can’t make the live webinar, it will be rebroadcast at 12pm PST. Stay tuned for more details… This training is developing at this very moment, in response to recent events.
A Conversation About Violence & Healing Do you feel overwhelmed by the recent episodes of violence? Are you wondering whether there could possibly be a silver lining to any of it? You’re certainly not alone. But if we’re going to build the saner society we all want, we cannot stay stuck in despair. It’s time to get constructive. So join us for a productive, inspirational conversation about finding our way to mutual healing and reaching for our highest human potential. Thanks to Carol Bragg, a longtime nonviolence advocate and a graduate of our Certificate in Nonviolence Studies program, for proposing this discussion. Call Details The 60-min conference call will follow a free-flow format: participants will be encouraged to offer their own reflections, and Metta Center staff will be on hand to answer questions you may have about the power of nonviolence. Call time: Wednesday, July 20, 5pm PST RSVP: the call is free; sign up here so we can email you the call-in number RSVP for the Silver Lining conference call. And please spread the word: the more people who join healthy discussions like these, the better.
When Michael Nagler told a young friend that he was going to start a new think tank, he thought she’d be very impressed. Instead, she looked at him squarely and said, “We don’t need another think tank. We need a hope tank.” So we began hosting Hope Tanks, a gathering of friends seeking to deepen their nonviolence and challenge themselves to think differently about the greatest challenges the world faces–by uplifting the power of nonviolence to help us solve these crises. There is one rule in hope tank: everything is on the table, but we have to use nonviolence to solve the problem. Are you interested in learning more? Join the Metta Center for a tele-conference HOPE TANK, a new experiment from our usual in-person sessions: FRIDAY, JUNE 17 FROM 10:30 AM-11:30 AM. You can connect by calling into this conference line: 707-890-6406 with this code: 46300 Or via your computer at this link: uberconference.com/mettacenterfornonviolence Please bring with you: One recent story showing constructive, hopeful and empowering action, whether by an individual or a group of people. Plus, any burning questions you have about nonviolence in our world today.
Person Power and the Roadmap to Nonviolent Action: A Teleseminar Hosted by Transition United States Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 11:00am – 12:15pm PST Registration: To participate, register online here and you will receive instructions via email. Once you have registered you can explore these other low-cost call-in options. In this TeleSeminar, Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook of the Metta Center for Nonviolence will go into the connection between person power, constructive program, and non-violent resistance (the three phases of the Metta Center’s Roadmap). They will begin with the real beginning: how can each of us empower her or himself through spiritual disciplines like meditation and the use of a mantram, along with other tools for realizing our highest potential as “spiritual warriors.” The approach at the Metta Center has always been “big picture:” Nonviolence, when properly understood, is the key issue underlying virtually every problem in our present system, and so we try to ground ourselves in a basic understanding of this force that Gandhi called “the greatest force available to humanity” and work out the structure of its applications on down to the most practical details. Transition towns for us, as you can see from our Roadmap, are a key element in transformation toward a livable future. They are the perfect testing ground for the strategies of a life based on nonviolence, which implies “perfect justice all round in every department of life” – including humanity’s living relationship with nature. They are the equivalent of Gandhi’s ashrams (he founded four of them in his career), serving as headquarters and training centers for revolution both in its active sense, where it involves direct resistance, and its constructive sense – what Buckminster Fuller called building the world you want as a powerful basis for putting the one you don’t want out of its misery. See the Metta Center’s animated short video “A New Story of US” for a great primer. Learn more at Transition United States.