Circle of History at 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
Ghost Ranch Conference Center
Abiquiu, NM
August 25—28 (depart August 29)

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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.

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

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