2010 Peacemaking Seminar – Circle of History

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling

History Circle 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Ghost Ranch Conference Center

Abiquiu, NM

August 25—28 (depart August 29)

Each morning the seminar community will gather for prayers and plenary sessions that focus on building skills in the art of telling peacemaking stories.

On Friday, August 27, the skill will be the Circle of History. The Circle of History provides a way to share the collective history of a group with all of its members.  It helps participants listen to one another. Those who are used to telling the story of the organization do not get to monopolize the conversation; they have to listen to others!  Reflecting on what participants hear is as critical as the storytelling. Once the circle is complete, participants reflect on what they have learned. Learning to observe and reflect on group culture is a key to cultural proficiency and peacemaking. The process may also help expand participation in peacemaking. It helps newcomers recognize and understand the traditions and identity of the group, and gives long time members an opportunity to hear and affirm new comers and what they bring to the organization.  The Circle of History challenges everyone to think about a wider identity and new directions for peacemaking while building a shared story.

Teresa Chavez Sauceda 2009 Leading the Circle of History will be Teresa Chávez Sauceda, antiracism consultant for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), based in California. 

If you are unable to attend the seminar, your gift to the Peacemaking Offering will help allow others to participate.


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