“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 to the first of a series of free peace-making workshops, on Saturday morning, September 29th, in the Cook Room at the Meriden Public Library, starting at 9AM. A signup form is below - the workshop is free.
The morning workshop will cover breakthrough insights into how people of all kinds, in all situations, can learn to "wage peace" - even in the middle of our "wars!" The 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. After the morning workshop, the workshop leader will be available in the Cook Room to help workshop attendees practice peace-making skill for their real-life situations
The core of the 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 people who we treat as our enemies.
Coffee and light refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact Pastor John Blossom of South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church at email@example.com or 203.293.8511 tel/txt.
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