Summer 2002 Newsletter
Come Join The Circle
The Peace Resource Center (PRC) has copies of Come Join The Circle: LessonSongs for Peacemaking available for sale. This CD features singer/songwriter Paulette Meier performing songs she has written to supplement messages she has shared with schoolchildren over the years. Paulette has a beautiful voice and great messages for children.
Songs include Come Join the Circle, Listen, TIME at the Peace Table, The Strategy Wheel, Affirmations and Come on Board. This is a must CD for elementary teachers, parents of young children and youth group leaders. In fact, adults listening in will find the CD quite enjoyable. "Songs ranging from country to reggae and blues to hip-hop are sure to entice children from all backgrounds and ages." The CD is available for $16.00 plus 6% Ohio sales tax. This would be a great gift for the teacher in the family, young children and grandchildren.
Thanks go also to David Smith and Brian Arnett, Wilmington College graduates and former residents of this house at 51 College Street, who visited recently and donated books to the PRC they purchased during a visit to Hiroshima. Over the years, the PRC has built the library collection because of the generosity of donors like Brian and David.
We would also like to thank Hisamitsu Shirai for his gift of a beautiful copper crane donated to the PRC (pictured below). Our thanks go also to Charles and Mary Ann Albert for delivering the crane.
Allan RÆ der from Denmark recently requested materials on Barbara Reynolds. Roder is a teacher conducting research for an article he is writing on Barbara. We were able to provide documentary footage he was unable to find elsewhere in the world. We were also able to assist Andrea Widener from the Contra Costa Times in California for an article she is writing about an anti-nuclear group there. The Catholic Telegraph also visited recently to gather information for the July 12, 2002 issue.
The TRUE Report
12th Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
The theme for this year’s Symposium is "Stolen Childhood: Restoring Hope." The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a presentation by Lori Heninger, the Quaker Representative to the United Nations. The afternoon program will begin with Jean-Robert Cadet. He is the author of "Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American." The second afternoon speaker will be Eileen Cooper Reed. She is the Director, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. The evening program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Music for Peace performed by the Wilmington College Chorale. The speaker concluding the day’s program will be Carl Upchurch. He is the author of "Convicted in the Womb: One Man’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker." SHOWTIME will be airing the movie based on Carl’s life story this September. All presentations will be given in Boyd Auditorium.
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1 Jan through 30 Jun 2002
For three of the past four years, the PRC has set records for annual giving. We thank you for your support. Your gifts have allowed the director to work over the summer months. This summer he has presented to two Quaker youth camps and presented a workshop on Conflict Management to Leadership Clinton (local business leaders). We will also be able to use funds to purchase fire proof file cabinets to secure our archives in an acid free environment. In addition we will purchase a scanner so we can begin to scan documents and place them on line for researchers around the world to view.
Christine Ayoub - Raymond Ayoub - Barbara S. Bayless - Pamela G. Bentz - Jim Boland - Sheilah Boland - Hara Ann Bouganim - Ellen K. Brooks - James R. Brooks - Jennifer M. Burgel - Caesar Creek Runners - Cincinnati Monthly Meeting -Rosemary K. Coffey - Corning Incorporated - C. Proctor Dean -Ruth Esther Durham - Donald H. Dyall - Alton A. Earnhart - Eclipse Consulting - Maryellen F. Fargey - Full Circle - Larry Gara - William B. Guthrie - Alice Hartman - Dale C. Hayes - Ruth B. Heller - Virginia Hilker - IBM International - McDonald’s Restaurant - Paulette Meier - Terry C. Miller - Anne H.T. Moore - Michael J. Moran - Ross Morgan - Mary Lee Morrison - Elizabeth Morrissett - Charles Murdock - Michael Neyhouse - Barbara Nicholson - Shirley Parsons - Verda Mae Peters - Philadelphia Yearly Meeting - Marvin D. Resnick - Jerome R. Scheve - Margaret F. Schirmer - D. Neil Snarr - Christine H. Snyder - Gladys R. Spencer - St. Columbkille Church - Mary Elizabeth Stanfield - Dorothy A. Stroup - Helen M. Sutton - Donald E. Troike - Jean Anne True - William F. Wagner - Helen Wiegel - William Wiegel - Neil Wollman
Peace Related Web Sites
http://www.apadrc.org is the website of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center. Translators are needed for a new multi-lingual dispute resolution website. For more information about APADRC or to volunteer as a language specialist, contact Shirlie Mae Mamaril, Outreach Coordinator at (213) 250-8190 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org The Rumors of Peace Newsletter of the Nonviolent Peaceforce can be found at this site. The following story comes from the site. A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about the tragedy on September 11th.
He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful, angry, and violent. The other one is loving and compassionate." The grandson asked, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?" The grandfather answered, "The one I feed."
http://www.peacefultomorrows.org Amber and Ryan Amundson, the wife and brother of Craig Amundson who was killed at the Pentagon on September 11 fulfilled their pledge to help create an organization of family members of 9-11 victims who seek peaceful and just responses, not war, as the U.S. response to the criminal attacks of September 11. The founding members, including family of those killed at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania, announced plans to work together to promote effective, non-violent ways to counter terrorism and to advocate for an open discussion about peaceful and just responses to the September 11 tragedies. Contact: Kelly Campbell, 415-518-1991 (cell) or Rita Lasar, 212-253-7651
Emotional intelligence is all about "people smarts." It is the skills you can use and develop to create optimal results in your relationships. Six Seconds EQ Network is all about supporting educators, parents, trainers, and leaders to learn and teach EQ in their personal and professional lives. The EQ Directory has over 200 links to valuable resources.
http://www.c-r.org is the website of Conciliation Resource's Accord team on 'Mechanisms for political participation of the public in peacemaking'. The full report by Catherine Barnes, "Owning the process: Mechanisms for Political Participation of the Public in Peacemaking", can be accessed on this website in the Occasional Papers series.
www.mcfarlandpub.com is the site which contains the New Directory to the North American Peace Movement. Included are 1400 entries on the USA, Mexico, and Canada. Organized by states/provinces and cities with description of each, address, phone, email, website. Extensive Index. PEACE MOVEMENT DIRECTORY: NORTH AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS, PROGRAMS, MUSEUMS, AND MEMORIALS. Compiled by James Richard Bennett. McFarland, 2001.
www.acresolution.org The National Association for Conflict Resolution has the national standards for Conflict Resolution Education Programs in Schools posted on this site.
http://www.mapscience.org Environmental Working Group has created a new site where you can map any location in US -- shows radiation transport routes and also sources of nuclear waste generation nearby. Be sure to take the link labeled "more" and scroll down to the pop-up window labeled "YUCCA MOUNTAIN DOES NOT GET RID OF NUCLEAR WASTE" since it will tell you how much waste is at these sites now AND when YUCCA IS CLOSED!
www.iicd-volunteer.org Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD) is a small non-profit alternative education school that trains and sends between 60-80 student-volunteers a year to work overseas. Volunteers have built houses in Brazil, staffed schools for street children in Zimbabwe, worked in teacher training colleges in Mozambique, and taught entrepreneurial training courses in Nicaragua. We feel that students in your program might be interested in a hands-on way of further developing the skills they have learned in your program, and that both they and their communities might benefit from the leadership skills and cross-cultural perspective that they will gain from our program. We are attaching a poster for you to display in your department as we hope more of your students will participate in our programs! For more information, you can check out our web address, http://www.iicd-volunteer.org. Please feel free to contact us at the Institute should you have any questions, or to request more information. Promotions Department Institute for International Cooperation and Development 413-458-9828 email@example.com
www.churchoftoday.com This site has posted the following prayer:
Dear God, Bless and protect us in this dangerous hour.
Forgive us how often our hearts have been closed when danger was visiting others.
May the eyes of our enemies be open, that they might see the Light in us.
And may we see the Light in them, that darkness shall be no more.
Surround us all with Love, dear God, so hatred will dissolve. Amen
By Marianne Williamson
BOOKS FROM OTHER PLACES
Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Compassion by Marshall Rosenberg is available through www.PuddleDancer.com or phone 858 759 6963. Quoting the web site, "Nonviolent Communication can help you experience empathy and harmony in your personal, family and professional relationships. Use these skills to improve your parenting, child, family and marriage relationships; to promote your children's emotional development; to increase your effectiveness in business relationships; and to create cooperation in your community."
PROPHETS WITHOUT HONOR: A Requiem for Moral Patriotism by William Strabala, Michael Palecek. The book tells the story of a group of American men who happen to be priests, who happen to have served decades in American prisons and the stalwart women who helped them form an international movement called Plowshares. In so doing, the book tells the morally patriotic story of America. The book deals with the historical necessity of protest in the U.S. and offers the lives and careers of these priests as example: Carl Kabat, Darrell Rupiper, Roy Bourgeois, Frank Cordaro, Larry Rosebaugh, Charlie Litecky. 380 pp., 2002. ISBN 1-892941-98-8 paper, 1-892941-99-6 hardcover.
Available from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com.
The Nobel Peace Prize and the Laureates: An Illustrated Biographical History, 1901-2001 by Irwin Abrams, the world’s foremost authority on the Nobel Peace Prize. Abrams is a founding member of the Peace Resource Center. The book is available through amazon.com. ISBN: 0881353884
Wilmington College Children’s Literature Conference: Exploring and Supporting Children’s Response to Literature October 18 and 19, 2002 featuring Katherine Paterson, James Ransome and Janet Wong. Paterson is the author of Bridge to Terabitihia and Jacob Have I Loved. Visit www.wilmington.edu/lit.htm to register. Call (937) 382-6661 extension 277 for details.
The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit at COSI Columbus until December 20, 2002. Admission to the exhibit is free to the public and open from 10 am until 5 p.m. daily. The exhibit consists of two hundred digitized panels and showcases and depict themes, which were co-constructed by the children of Reggio Emilia, Italy and their teachers. They were developed as a result of the children’s interest in mirrors, shadows, plants, water and color. More information at www.cosi.org.
Symposium on Religion and Human Rights will be hosted by The Brueggeman Center for Interreligious Dialogue at Xavier University in Cincinnati on September 22-23, 2002. Speakers include Dr. Anna Speicher and Jamie Phelps speaking on the religious background of women opposed to slavery, Swami Agnivesh speaking on Contemporary Hinduism and human rights, Thomas Idinopulos discussing religion and human rights in contemporary Israel-Palestine and Farid Esack speaking on the Qu’ranic basis for human rights beyond self interest. Contact Xavier University for more information.
Conflict and Culture: War and Terror in the Modern World 29 September – 1 October 2002. The University of Newcastle, Australia "an interdisciplinary conference convened by the Research Group on War, Society and Culture, School of Liberal Arts. The conference seeks to explore the cultural and social conditions that have made the modern era perhaps among the most violent in human history. Papers are particularly welcome that address the ways in which representations and misrepresentations of other cultures and peoples have facilitated recourse to war to resolve conflicts of state, economic and national interests both internationally and domestically. Also welcome are papers that tackle distinctions in public discourse and international law between war, terror and resistance. Visit web page at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/centre/wsc/index.html
Conflict Resolution Education Institute for Higher Education Faculty will take place in Columbus on September 19th and 20th, 2002. The purpose of the Institute is to assist education faculty in improving their own conflict resolution skills, to integrate conflict resolution content into their courses, and to institutionalize conflict resolution in the professional preparation curriculum of colleges and universities. This year there will be two tracks offered, one for faculty who have participated in prior institutes - to increase their expertise -and a second track for new faculty. A mandatory follow-up training will take place on April 10th and 11th, 2003. As the Institute is covered by the state of Ohio's Department of Education and the state's Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, only Ohio college and university faculty are eligible to attend. If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact Jennifer Batton at Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us or by phone at 614-752-9595.
Other News of Note
Conflict Resolution Center of the West Shore offers community based mediation services and training in Conflict management. The CRC is the "only non-profit community based center to provide mediation services and conflict resolution training to Cleveland’s west shore suburbs. Contact them at (440) 245-6500.
The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and the Ohio Department of Education have an evaluation manual for schools available from the Web site. The resource, Evaluating Your Conflict Resolution Education Program: A Guide for Educators and Evaluators was prepared for the Ohio Department of Education and may be accessed by going to the Commission's Web site at www.state.oh.us/cdr/ and go to Schools. From there, go to Evaluation/Assessment and the entire guide may be downloaded. It is in PDF format.
International Day of Peace Mark your calendars now for September 21, 2002. Communities around the world will join with the ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations at 10:00 am that day. Encourage your community officials to join in this celebration with the ringing of bells for international peace. This day fell on September 11, 2001 last year. May this year be marked by a yearning for peace and not by the escalation of conflict through violent means.
The Murphin Ridge Inn in Adams County, Ohio may be the perfect spot to relax and recharge in simple surroundings. Located in Amish country the Inn offers a "cozy stopping place in beautiful, natural surroundings." I was greeted by a book of Quaker writings when I entered my room in the Inn and read Thomas Kelly for the first time. The Inn is also available for conferences and meetings. Call (937) 544-2263 or visit www.murphinridgeinn.com