July 23, 2021
Dear Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma Communities,
We are happy to provide this biweekly communication on the work of the Compassionate Reconciliation Project.
We are continuing to meet with and support Advisory Teams in the CRC representative selection process (to learn more about this process, please see our previous updates), providing facilitator trainings to Advisory Team members, engage the SSSC board in their discernment process, among other activities associated with maintaining momentum and progress in the Compassionate Reconciliation Process.
July 30: European 3HO Yoga Festival: Just Outcomes will be facilitating a session at the European Yoga Festival with the goal of creating a safe, structured, and inclusive space for sharing and dialogue to take place through the technology of Circles.
Navigating Complex Community Harm and Conflict
This week, we want to introduce you to some thinking that has been very influential for us, with the hope that it may resonate, inspire, or catalyze fresh thoughts for some of you as well. One of our mentors in the work of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding is John Paul Lederach. In his book “The Moral Imagination” he states that “the goal of transcending [grievous conflict, harm and] violence is advanced by the capacity to generate, mobilize, and build the moral imagination.” Through his work, peacebuilders and conflict strategists around the world have come to embrace community crisis and harm as an exploration of uncertain terrain that is full of opportunity and the need to be creative and responsive.
The capacity of “the moral imagination” to effectively deal with complex community crisis and conflict is dependent on the following 4 faculties:
You can learn more about John Paul Lederach at the following websites:
We invite you into the reflection, exploration, and conversation about how “moral imagination” helps shape the Compassionate Reconciliation Project in your communities.
Yours in kindness, compassion, and gratitude,
Catherine Bargen, Matthew Hartman, Cara Walsh, Aaron Lyons, and our extended Just Outcomes Team
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