MOUNT VERNON — A workshop on May 11, will focus on ways to reach common ground with people without violence or the threat of violence.
The workshop titled, “Heart of Nonviolence: Making Room for Peace at Home and in the World” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon.
It will be led by nonviolence educators Sr. Paulette Schroeder and Josie Setzler, who are active in Project Peace in Tiffin. Project Peace does nonviolence training and holds events promoting peace.
Schroeder was a member of a Christian Peacemaker Team in the West Bank in Israel from 2008-2011, where she saw oppression firsthand, and tried to practice nonviolence on all levels.
She continues that work by advocating for changes in U.S. policy toward Israel and Palestine.
Setzler leads two community peace groups in northwest Ohio in the Tiffin area and Pax Christi and People for Peace and Justice in Sandusky County. She is a certified facilitator in the Creating a Culture of Peace nonviolence training program and is trained in conflict transformation and mediation skills by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
The workshop will explore the various forms of violence that can be encountered in normal life and through role playing and small group discussion, show how active nonviolence can be an effective response to violence, conflict and injustice.
Participants will learn practical tools for dealing face to face with another person in an adversarial situation, which involves maintaining one’s own dignity while recognizing the other person’s truth.
Gandhi’s principles, emphasizing the worth of each individual and the oneness of mankind, will also be explored.
The workshop could be helpful to teachers, managers, advocates for social justice and strong communities, church and government leaders, and anyone who would like to examine ways in which they personally can approach people and situations to de-escalate conflict and reduce the likelihood of violence.
Participants will come away with exercises that will help them turn pain into compassion, with strategies for dealing with confrontational situations, and with links with others who share some of the same goals.
To reserve a place at the workshop, please call the First Congregational UCC, at 740- 393-1736, by May 6.
The fee for the workshop includes lunch.
For information, call Brian Miller, 740-427-4010.
Published on April 13, 2013