Table of Contents
- 2017 May • Papuans update after returning home from International Peace Training
- 2017 Feb • Hayley describes a transformative experience in Indonesia
- 2017 Feb • Nanik reports on the 4th Annual International Peace Training
- Perspectives on the 2017 International Peace Training
- 2017 Feb • Mentawai Islands
- Compassionate Listening Workshop at Peace Place
- 2017 Feb • Reflections from our 4th Annual International Peace Training
- Joglo Preschool
- 2017 Feb – Mar • 4th Annual International Training for Peace
- 2016 Jul-Aug • Joglo Preschool is Becoming a Model for Others
- Sharing the Power of Goodness at PhilYM
- 2016 June – July • Volunteering at Peace Place – Felicitas Zschoche from Germany
- 2016 June • American family of Four visiting Peace Place
- 2016 April – May • Peace Place Activity Update
- 2016 May-Sept • Feliz Zschoche volunteers at Peace Place
- 2016 March • Earthquake Strikes Mentawai Island
- A Decade of Tsunami Relief: Author chat with Nadine Hoover of Friends Peace Teams
- Tunas Baru Preschool’s First College Graduate!
- Barak Induk: Leaders to Meet Soon
- Presentation to University Muria Kudus, Central Java, Indonesia
- 2016 Jan • International Training at Peace Place
- Update: How you can help the people of Barak Induk
- People of Barak Induk once again under attack
- 2015 Dec – 2016 Jan • Friends Peace Team to Indonesia
- 2015 June • News from Joglo Preschool
- 2015 March • International Training for Peace
- 2015 Feb • Helping At Joglo Preschool
- Stay at the FPT Guesthouse in Pati, Indonesia
- 2014 Jan – Apr • Friends Peace Team Indonesia/Australia
- Never Underestimate the Power of a Few People — Growth Always Comes from Small Sprouts!
- Opening of the Taman Bermain Buemoe Ubeut (Small Earth Playground) Preschool in Langsa
- Petrus Introducing the new Joglo Preschool
- 2012 • Extended Service, Kristina Blank
- 2012 Jan – Mar • Indonesia Peace Team
- 2011 • FRIENDS IN BARAK INDUK UNDER ATTACK
- Children and teachers playing at The Peace Place.
- 2011 • Extended Service, Esther Buckwalter
- We did it! Indonesians run AVP basic workshop in East Aceh
- 2011 • Extend Service Nicholas Rozard
- 2011 Jun – Jul • Indonesia Peace Team
- 2011 April • FWCC Manila Peace Team
- 2011 Feb – Mar • Indonesia Peace Team
- 2009 • Voice of Barak Induk
- An Adventure in Indonesia, Stephen S. Haynes February 2007 unpublished article.
- 2006 • Friends in Conscience in Indonesia, Nadine Hoover; NYYM Spark: NYC, NY.
- 2006 • Alfred Builds Eight Houses In Tsunami Area, Nadine Hoover
- 2005 • Help or Hope for the Acehnese? The Human Face of War, by Nadine Hoover September 2005, unpublished manuscript.
- 2005 • Gratitude to Alfred Residents in Tsunami Aftermath, Nadine Hoover; Alfred Sun: Alfred, NY.
Perspectives on the 2017 International Peace Training
Self-Transformation Sprouted from the Goodness Within
By Lino M Sanjoyo
In an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop, I found myself working hard to look over the violence that I have experienced in my life. I am used to accompanying people who have experienced violence. Moreover, the violence I experienced was far from significant and seemed to evaporate with forgiveness and tolerance. It seemed irrelevant to recall it again.
The opening session of finding goodness inspired me to see how far I know myself. It was actually the introduction session that encouraged me to introspectively recognize goodness within. Am I as perfect as people say that I am a good person? I began to wonder if I fell into the same fate as Moses, who could not enter the promised land, as he did not carry out just one of the orders of the Lord in Kadesh, nearby the waters of Meribah, or Yudhisthira, who could not directly enter Heaven as he was once dishonest or did not speak clearly about the death of Ashwatthama, son of Drona.
Pondering self-knowledge led me to the idea that it was not the violence that I had endured, but the violence I had done. Apparently this became my starting point for self-transformation. I saw something bad that I had to change.
However, was this fragility a means of this transformation? It seemed illogical, since the instruction was to find goodness and strengths! AVP offers a positive perspective. People are born with goodness inside. Many people ignore this reality. Goodness is the nature of human life. Human beings are born with the Spirit of Goodness deep in the soul. It is the Inner Light, a part of God’s Spirit that dwells in every human soul. I came to understand that the awareness of the potential goodness was the stepping stone and even resource of self-transformation. I get this transformative power, since there is potential goodness that I may realize.
I was struck by a sharing of a participant on the first day. His experience of violence in Aceh and North Sumatra risked his life and his family. The man realized that violence could not be solved with violence. Communication and sitting down in peace were the only ways of solution, for sure the only durable one. “The process of finding seeds of goodness through the self-fragility of a grudge, hurt and anger is really awakened in an AVP workshop,” said the old man.
My co-participants in a session called ‘whisper circle’ on the third day performed in reverence or better said in ritual way encouraged us well through words of goodness whispered into the ears of one after another from behind. The whispers were able to tap on the very inner self and attune it to Goodness of Virtues. The gentle voice of friends whispering into the ears really affirmed that depth inside our soul, we have the inheritance of goodness. The whisper was a kind of fertilizer for the seed to grow and transform into virtues.
I was encouraged by this writing: “Give over thine own willing, give over thy own running, give over thine own desiring to know or be anything and sink down to the seed which God sows in the heart, and let that grow in thee and be in thee and breathe in thee and act in thee; and thou shalt find by sweet experience that the Lord knows that and loves and owns that, and will lead it to the inheritance of Life, which is its portion.” (Isaac Penington, 1661, Ch 26 pg 70)
The sharing in twos on the first day played a big role in starting the transformation process that would be performed in each hometown. I was miraculously empowered when my stories and wishes were heard, accepted and owned by my partner. I was motivated as well by points of transformation shared on the second day in a session about ‘transforming power.‘ It was formulated in the Mandala of Transforming Power. My simple but important wish was to renouncing any violence, especially from imposing my own will and ideas, and uncaring habit for my wife and daughter by putting aside my cellular phone and spending more time with them. I intended to do it secretly when I got home. I would let my wife and daughter notice and state it themselves that I had changed for the better.
The strength of kinship and communal connection gave a strong influence in the transformation process. It was realized not only through sharing, but also by melting the ice of strangeness through the games facilitated by the team. Sense of togetherness, community, kinship, and mutual trust that each had goodness and acceptance of one another created a fertile ground promoting the process of transformation. The united and connected community was a means to confirm the truth and reality found within each of us that will be incarnated in sharing goodness for others.
Since the first day, I felt the warm sphere of the participants. I felt like I was meeting with my own family. I was amazed by the enthusiasm, openness and innocence of their hearts. Through the facilitation and games, the atmosphere melted. I saw the participants washed and turned to tabula rasa as a blank paper ready for any writing or drawing.
I felt proud of their diverse cultural backgrounds of 34 participants: the United States, Nepal, Sumatra, Papua, and Java. They came from various professions: teachers, school administrators, religious leaders, social workers, farmers, tour officer, trainer, students, and housewives. The religious background proved not insulating: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu and Quaker. The youngest participants were in their 20s and the eldest in their 70s mingled in equality, accord and mutual respect. I was amazed by the team who worked together to assist the process. They even prepared and cleaned the place without regard to age.
I was so grateful staying at the training place, not going home as many did. I learned a lot of things from the participants in personal encounters outside the meeting. They shared their life experiences endeavoring efforts to take peaceful ways in places full of violence (Aceh, North Sumatra, Nepal, and Papua). Some shared experiences and views on religion, Islam, Hindu, and Quaker, and experiences of social relations in West Papua.
At the end of the third day of the workshop, I felt like I was on a very fast track. It seemed to me I was just nibbling an appetizer, especially in integrating the deep points of AVP principles. I found that to root the principles within myself I needed more time to learn them, perhaps by doing some simulations or stimulations of my past experiences.
I need to learn slowly and to unhurriedly follow the AVP process. Fewer participants with more time to absorb and conduct simulations of the material would have greatly helped. Also, I would recommend providing a sheet for those who wish to offer a written evaluation, allowing for further reflection and communication. But the experience was invaluable. Thank you.