Violence, Healing & Forgiveness

peoplesmonastery3 Violence, Healing & Forgiveness shows

March 15th, 2014 ~ 2:30 to 5:00 PM
Circle Session:
“Violence, Healing & Forgiveness”

This is a special gathering with the extraordinary organization CONNECT, whose mission is to prevent interpersonal violence and promote gender justice. This gathering will focus on issues such as domestic violence, spiritual abuse and resources for help. What is violence and abuse? How do we heal from it? Can we forgive those that commit such acts?

Violence and abuse is not always physical. It can manifest emotionally, mentally, sexually, financially, spiritually and many other complex ways. It effects everyone – youth, elders and everyone in between.

Join us as we explore these issues through meditation, discussion, music and ritual. We will be joined by Co-Executive Directors, Sally MacNichol & Quentin “Q” Walcott. These are two of the most passionate, knowledgeable and amazing people committed to keeping our families safe and our communities peaceful.

So come and hang out with us on a Saturday afternoon whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular.

The Peoples Monastery provides a safe space where all are welcome. This is a place for urban and nature dwellers alike. It truly is a circle.

~ ~ LOCATION ~ ~
240 East 53rd Street
(b/w 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
New York, NY 10022

*Enter Through Quest Book Shop*
~ $7 Suggested Donation ~

Feel free to bring a dish, dessert or treat as this is a Potluck gathering. You can also just bring you, as that will be a great gift too! :~)

My Weekend Kerfuffle

He loved my bow tie, suspenders, stripped shirt, and guitar
He even pulled out his and asked me to play
It excited him… visibly

Then I think he remembered, or maybe this was the point after all…
The message. The sermon.
I brace myself
I notice myself nodding, agreeing to things I don’t agree with
I stop
He continues. Excellent salesman
Well maybe not so much… I’m not convinced

He asks questions
I ponder answers
He forges ahead providing his own
I feel myself sinking. Questioning choices. On and on it seems to go.
Prodding and reaching deep fears. Depressing fears.
Finally it comes to an end, not without invitations to church and such
(and they wonder why their son doesn’t visit).

Anyway I stand my ground. Quietly.
Waiting. Remembering… what I forgot

When the coast is clear, I take myself out
My sanctuaries don’t have crosses. The rest of the day is glorious!
I have so much to be thankful for
I even Created… this
By the end of the day, I can reach the Truth again…

He doesn’t have to understand, no one really does.
I just thank God I do
My best isn’t my intellect.

My highest resource is my Creativity
What better gift to give my Creator