Be the Peace! Come to our Free Peacemaking Workshop, Saturday, September 29th, at Meriden Public Library
“She made me do it!” “He made me do it!”
You may have shouted this out sometimes as a child, when you reacted hurtfully to something that annoyed you. Maybe your reactions got you into trouble with your parents.
Is it so different today with us adults? All the time we hear hurtful and self-justifying words said in our homes, in public, and online. There have also been hurtful and self-justifying words hurled back in response to those words. And sometimes, it isn't just words that get thrown back. Sometimes, people get hurt - or die.
There is a better way.
Our church invites you - local residents, public servants, business and civic leaders, and educators - to the first of a series of free peace-making workshops, on Saturday, September 29th, in the Cook Room at the Meriden Public Library, from 9AM to 3PM. The core of this peace-making workshop is based on non-religious materials that have helped thousands of people around the world to take a new perspective on how they view and manage potentially hurtful conflicts - in their own lives, in their workplace, and in their church and public lives. A signup form is below - the workshop is free.
Some of our workshop, is based on the book The Anatomy of Peace, by the Arbinger Institute, a non-religious research and training company that helps people to live more productive and peaceful lives.The key concept of the book is that if we have "hearts at war," often our peacemaking efforts will fail - and our "wars" will continue. If we learn to have hearts that are peace, then we can learn to have good relationships - and, perhaps, even love - even with our enemies.
We will never agree with one another perfectly, and we may not ever even like one another perfectly. But we must try to be perfectly willing to listen to and speak to one another, with the dignity and respect that we would give ourselves, and to our God. If you know that you've been a “They made me do it!” person, or you have to learn to find peace with a person like this, please consider signing up for our workshop - and please suggest it to others who might benefit from it?
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