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Finding the courage to work for peace

Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on how his faith influences his peace work.  David leads workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

This audio is an excerpt from a longer interview with David Niyonzima, conducted by Friends Liaison Lucy Duncan and Friends Relations Fellow, Madeline Schaefer.  As well as being the director of THARS, David is also a Quaker pastor and member of Burundi Yearly Meeting.

Iowans Explore Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking

By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate

Trust instead of fear. Generosity in lieu of greed. Compassion and community rather than vengeance and isolation. According to Des Moines author and healer Geral Blanchard, these are some of the timeless values which many indigenous and traditional cultures use to live peacefully and happily.

Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking

Geral Blanchard

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa.

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing.

This flyer describes a Sept. 21, 2011 forum featuring Geral Blanchard on Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking.

Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking with Geral Blanchard

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6:30pm

Geral Blanchard

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa.

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing.

Through words and photos, Geral Blanchard will examine interpersonal violence in indigenous societies, noting how resolution often entails making conflict resolution processes into sacred ceremonies. He will draw examples from the Hollow Water Ojibwa First Nation of Canada, the Q'ero of Peru, and various African tribes. Moving from the micro to the macro, Geral will stimulate discussion on how sacred indigenous traditions can be brought to the world stage to address international conflicts.

An Exploration of Nonviolent Peacemaking

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 5:00pm

JustMatters: Engaging Our Conflicts--An Exploration of Nonviolent Peacemaking

Art for Peace Silent Auction and Reception

Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Hilary Rantisi brunch and dialogue on Palestine-Israel

Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 10:15am

Our International Peacemaker will take part in Worship (10:15 am).  Join Hilary Rantisi for brunch and dialogue following worship.

The Hands of Peacemaking in Palestine-Israel

Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 6:00pm

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program -- INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER

SPONSORED BY Social Ministries Task Force of the Presbytery of Des Moines

Enjoy a Middle Eastern meal catered by Open Sesame; learn from Hilary Rantisi: “The Hands of Peacemaking in Palestine-Israel.” Palestinian handcrafts and olive oil will be available for purchase. 

Please be our guests!  Call the Presbytery of Des Moines at 515-276-4991 before Wednesday, September 29th for your dinner reservation. 

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