Table of Contents
- US, June 2017 • Young Adult Quaker’s National Gathering at Pendle Hill
- US, May 2017 • AVP/USA National Gathering
- US, May 2017 • AVP Liberation Workshop Cambridge Friends Meeting House, MA
- US, May 2017 • Jamuna visits at FPT Council Face to Face Meeting
- Norway, May 2017 • Nadine goes to Norway
- Korea • What is THAAD?
- Korea • Spring 2017 News
- Korea • Meet Youngsil Kang and Chuck Esser
- ‘Peace Pilgrimage’ to South Korea October 2015
- Stand Up for the Power of Peace: Middle East
- West Bank, Oct 2015 • A Traveling Friend Reports
- Minute approved on 2 June 2015 by the AWP Working Group
- S Korea, February 2015 • Nadine Hoover hosted an Advanced AVP Trauma Healing Workshop in Gangchon, Korea
- Middle East, 2015 May – Jun • FPT-AWP continues to explore a partnership in the Middle East
- Planned Middle East Friends Peace Team • May – June 2015
- Ireland, July 2014 • FPT-AWP Peace Team members travel to AVP International 2014!
- Middle East, 2014 May • Exploratory Peace Team
- Australia, 2014 Feb – Mar • Nadine Hoover, Sojourning Friend at Silver Wattle
- Australia, Jan 2014 • Friends Peace Teams Weekend at Silver Wattle
- Australia, March 2013 • Discernment Workshop at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre
- Middle east, 2013 Dec • Exploratory Peace Team
- Norway, July 2011 • Team Member, Terese Longva Returns Home to Terror
US, May 2017 • AVP/USA National Gathering
Jamuna Shrestha’s impressions of the
AVP-USA National Gathering in Boston!
In Nepal, AVP is not yet able to do a National Gathering. So, especially as the current President of AVP-Nepal, I gained lots of experiences and ideas from the AVP-USA National Gathering.
First I liked the theme: “Journey of Change: Transforming ourselves and our communities as we transform conflicts.” Life is not always easy to live, but the opportunity to live is a blessing beyond comprehension. In the process of living we face struggles many of which cause us to suffer and to experience pain. Many people suffer in personal struggles, while others suffer as they watch their loved ones in pain.
I liked the public sessions of Adam J. Foss, a former Harvard Juvenile Justice Advisor Committee member and a visiting fellow at Harvard Law school. As a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform he champions the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. He shared about how AVP does work in his life and this society. His message was especially relevant to AVPers. I highly appreciated the opportunity to after his message to gather with AVPers from all over the world, to share the universal impact of AVP for stopping violence everywhere.
Margaret Lechner and I offered a 90-minute session on Trauma, Grounding and Resilience. We did two major activities, Core Self and Storytelling with Good Companions. We filled the room with 30 participants and four people had to leave because there was not enough space in the room. Participants enjoyed it and realized or remembered the importance of self care in our lives. Some of them wanted to participate again and asked who to contact for more activities like this. One participant took my Trauma Healing manual, and we referred them to the education committee for more manuals. During the session participants were emotional. They practiced sharing stories following the storytelling protocol.
The gathering motivated and inspired me to focus my journey in AVP Nepal.
A special added value of this event was the opportunity to network with other AVPers from around the world, which is an exceptional opportunity for horizontal exchange of experiences, understanding and direction. I perceive this also as an occasion to practice in the richness of multiple languages, and to support young AVP facilitators to join our common goal for a less violent, more peaceful world.