Practicing for Peace

Reflexes of peace are developed over time. When an argument flares up on the shop floor, in the boardroom, or at the dining room table, it’s nearly impossible to keep our passive or aggressive tendencies at bay while willfully choosing to clothe ourselves with patience, meekness, and humility. When we are criticized or feel embarrassed we often travel down well worn internal pathways that lead to shame and insecurity. It takes time, wise counsel, and experiences of belonging to respond with self-compassion and kindness. Speaking of the importance of practicing for peace, theologian and activist Walter Wink writes,

“We do not come to these things by virtue of a sunny disposition but by conversion, practice, imagination, and risk. Nonviolent training needs to become a regular and repetitive component of every change-oriented group’s life; it is not a last minute strategy that can be donned at will like an asbestos suit.”

We need to think through specific alternatives to unhelpful bianries while our minds are clear and open to peaceful solutions. It is hard to be creative, peaceful, and meek when adrenaline and cortisol are coursing through our brains. Just as soldiers train for war in times of peace so they are ready when war breaks out, so too must peacemakers train for creative conflict transformation in times of tranquility.

This series of workshops seeks to create an encouraging space for people to practice the third way of Jesus. Think of this space as a school of peace or studio of shalom – a place for people to practice creative peacemaking in all their relations: with God, themselves, others and all creation.

 

FALL 2018 – PEACE WITH GOD: THE WAY OF CONTEMPLATION

WINTER 2019 – PEACE WITH SELF: THE WAY OF THE BELOVED

SPRING 2019 – PEACE WITH OTHERS: THE WAY OF NON-VIOLENCE

SUMMER 2019 – PEACE WITH CREATION: THE WAY OF MEEKNESS

 

These workshops flowed out of a seminal sermon series at Cedar Park. Listen here.