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News 14 Dec 2010

Friends Peace Teams to INDONESIA
December 2010

Dear Friends,

Peace Teams:
- February-March 2011 Jamie Carestio is coming with me to do organic composting, AVP training for facilitators and developmental play with seven to nine preschools.
- June-July 2011 Autumn Star and possibly her friend, Sophie Thirianit, are coming with me to do an Indonesian language course, work with the children’s picture books and toys, do AVP and trauma healing workshops and play with the children.

Trauma Healing:
Three workshops scheduled for Jan-DE, April-TX and May-NY all in the US. The Trauma Healing manual will be to the printer before the end of the calendar year.

Translation:
We are looking for funds to translate Quaker materials into Indonesian. If anyone has a fund in your yearly meeting to support this, please submit a request for the funds, which may be granted to FWCC-Asia West Pacific Section or to Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia.

Pamela, Do you have any word from where you submitted the Ashoka nomination?

UPDATES:

ANTICIPATING:
FWCC in Manila April 1-7, 2011
AVP Int’l in Guatemala, Sept 2011
US-Indonesia exchange?

Charge as a Spiritual Companion Group? Anyone interested in writing?

What have you received, reactions, your intentions?

Deb: The work is exciting, truly … to hear about the work, how clear Nadine is and committed and doing this work with integrity. If I stop doing 8-10 other things, I could go to Indonesia and learn the language and work with her.

Tom: It feels good to engage with Nadine even from afar. I have this paternal attitude. I worry about her safety, health, condition and spiritual condition. I know she lets her life speak. I’m not an international traveler, so I won’t be an on the ground companion. It serves me well to listen and engage. I need to find ways to make my service better felt.

Jens: I appreciate hearing all the news and look forward to her being in this area. I hear there is a need for Nadine to bounce ideas off people and get feedback. I wonder if there is a way to have more feedback on the calls. It will be good to have her here to talk in more detail. We send greeting from QVIC to the Friends Settlement in Whanganui, Aotearoa and look forward to hearing their news.

Nadine invites individual phone calls. That may be a nice format—to hear the major themes on the call and then to follow up individually with her afterwards. She is home Oct 29, so early November is a good time. You can use this number: 607-542-9029.

Gay: I want to keep on setting up this call. Glad to talk to Nadine about spiritual community and practices and whatever else. I will initiate calling her when she gets home.

Autumn: Good to hear the news from Friends in Inodesia and plans for Aotearoa/NZ. I want to learn how to be more involved in US. I hope to be going to Indonesia next summer for language school and visiting the Indonesians afterwards. Sarah and I are planning to go to SOA the day after the QUIT conference at Powell House and we could do some fundraising there. I want to do some more fundraising from wherever I am as well. Having Nadine nearby and talking will be great.

Pamela: Pretty interested in thinking with Nadine about Quaker practice and the question about inviting Indonesians on big trips, learning about Indonesia Yearly Meeting and books and where stories and books comes from and how the writing is done, and examples of what to translate. I’m interested in thinking with Autumn about selling bags or other fundraisers especially in Philadelphia. I want to let this settle and see what rises to the top as what is most important to engage in and also supporting Nadine’s writing for a US audience.

Nadine: I encourage people to make the stories their own. The ecological footprint is too large to fly around the world twice a year for “Nadine’s stories.” Those stories are important to you, they shape you, that is why you’re on this call. I invite Friends to reflect on what is happening within you and how these stories shape you and become your stories in a way that compels you to want to share them with others. When you do you can let people know they can travel with me, they can share their gifts in AVP, healing, art, writing, singing, laughing, play, Quakerism, whatever. We’re not looking to fill programs, but if someone lights up at the idea, they can come with me. They can also come, as Autumn is planning, stay with Andreas’ family in Jogja, ride the bus to an excellent Indonesian language program and within weeks be functional in Indonesian (3-6 weeks is adequate).

Fundraising for it’s own sake is not that compelling to me or to many of us. It’s tiring. But if the story is compelling, one way to participate is to share funds. Deb Dickinson has a quilting group. She shares the stories there and once or twice a year of every couple years I get a sweet letter from them and a pass the hat collection (+/- $239 or such). This really matters. This is what it is about, what is possible. Much love!

Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia is only meeting on conference calls every couple months. I’d like to catch you up on some news. Remember all the work is made possible by gifts of time, talent and finances provided by people we encourage and ourselves. Please talk to family and friends about this wonderful people-to-people witness and peace work or consider a fundraising event or two. Every bit counts!

Outlook
The September-October trip to Indonesia I took on my own to do a five-year review of the work we’ve done so far and assess where we might go in the future. Attending Indonesia Yearly Meeting was a highlight, challenging our ability to communicate clearly our Quaker practices within the ecumenical environment within which we like to work.

We made great strides at translating “The Friendly Classroom for a Small Planet” manual available from Children’s Creative Response to Conflict (CCRC), the precursor to the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops.

We selected a few schools from the schools we have been supporting for future attention. The Indonesians observed that our best schools are in communities where we had done AVP workshops prior to training the teachers and requested that in the future Developmental Play for Peace training follow AVP workshops.

Aotearoa/New Zealand Friends invited me to tour from Christchurch in the South to Auckland in the North meeting with Friends and AVP communities along the way. We stayed at the Quaker Settlement in Whanganui where Peter Watson lives. He has become our Friends Peace Teams-Indonesia coordinator for A/NZ.

Haverford College invited me to speak for two days with students and faculty. They have a summer service program to Indonesia. I hope to explore more connections with them for the future. Emily Higgs was a lovely host.

A Quaker Initiative to End Torture (QUIT) conference was held at Powell House, Old Chatham, NY October 19-21, led by John Calvi and Chuck Fager.

Final edits were made to the Trauma Healing Manual. Chuck Esser has offered to do one final read of the manual and provide feedback. Hopefully this month, I will learn to format the files to submit to Lightning Source, our contracted printer for publication. As soon as that is done a notice of workshops will be announced with the publication announcement.

I will be in Philadelphia writing about the practices of community discernment that guide and direct our work in December through early January. I have scheduled massages in Alfred, NY for the week of Jan 10-14, after which I will attend Farmington-Scipio Winter Gathering before going to Cleveland with the Rozards.

Sarah and Nick Rozard at that time will be planning a possible extended volunteer commitment in Jogjakarta. Nick hopes to support the development of the water filters and Sarah hopes to work on the business and social aspects of production and distribution. Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia working with the Society for Health, Education, Environment and Peace (SHEEP) are optimistic about the value of this work. Our commitment is to a cheap, portable filter that provide 100 percent clean drinking water. Other available systems are either expensive or only clean a portion. 

A Trauma Healing AVP Advanced Workshop is confirmed for January 28-30 in Wilmington, DE. John Shufford is organizing this one. You may contact him at: john@teamcrs.org

A number of schools requested Alternatives to Violence and Developmental Play for Peace training in February and March, 2011. I would need to equip two of these schools in Aceh–Alue Merah and Matang Neuheun. Five schools in North Sumatra will cover their own equipping costs, but will form a network of schools which will be very supportive to the Tunas Baru School in Barak Induk (former refugee camp). One school in Central Java will cover their own equipping costs and Petrus’s family and friends will be involved (they hope to start a school soon as well). I hope the writing of the spiritual discernment book will be primarily complete and I can turn attention to writing a formal manual for this combination of workshops.

I plan to attend the Friends World Committee for Consultation Gathering in Manila, April 1-7. Two Friends from Indonesia Yearly Meeting will hopefully join us and I have begun inquires about possibly two more joining who have worked with Friends Peace Teams in Indonesia. I have written to the three young Friends organizing a Young Friends Gathering, April 7-9, at the end of the full gathering, to ask if I should stay on for some or all of that time. 

I was chosen to be the keynote speaker for South Central Yearly Meeting in Texas, April 22-24, 2011. The theme is “Going Deeper” and the talk is titled “Seeking the Spirit-led Life.” Tom Martin will by my companion for this visit. I will be working with Tom to plan appropriate speaking tour around this event. 

I hope to sneak in a week of massage work the last week of April.

Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie has asked that I speak at 10:30am to their all school gathering on May 6. The public is invited, so if you’re in the area it would be lovely to see you.

A Trauma Healing AVP Advanced workshop is confirmed for May 6-8 at Powell House, Old Chatham, NY.

Friends Peace Teams face-to-face meeting will be held in New Brunswick, NJ May 11-15 with a public potluck and presentation on May 14. Please consider attending and encouraging all your friends to attend the Saturday evening event.

Friends Peace Team to Indonesia June 1 – July 12, 2011 already has young Friends interest. An Indonesian language course will be offered in Jogjakarta and on the internet followed by working visits to some of our schools. If others wish to join us for three to six weeks in Indonesia at this time, they may contact me Indonesia@FriendsPeaceTeams.org and we can discuss a good match for them.

New York Yearly Meeting presentations are expected July 20-23 at Silver Bay, NY.

We are exploring the idea of a two-week Conscience Studio at Powell House July 24-August 6. If we get a core group committed, we will offer a compilation of our trainings along with practice in community discernment and studio time to produce expressions of what we are seeking, finding and hoping to share.

Alternatives to Violence Project International Gathering is scheduled for October 1-7 in Guatemala. A gathering of trauma healing workshop facilitators is being considered for September 30.

Hopefully the fall will permit more time for writing, editing and publishing.

In faith,
Nadine