"Peace Cafe - What is the Big Idea?"
I have people come to me trying to better understand the
Community Centre for Teaching Peace and Peace Café idea.
Here are some further considerations.
It builds on the recent article that I circulated on Cultural Creatives
), which I believe we are. It is
quoted from the writings of Neale Donald Walsch.
“It feels as if what the world and our communities could
use now is more peace in our lives, and less stress, struggle and dysfunction.
The Big Idea is that we are all in this together.
“We” are the Big Idea and solution.
In the months and years just ahead people will be joining
together in a grassroots movement, not of proselytizing, but of education; not
of changing people’s minds, but of expanding them.
People will join together in clusters in their communities,
towns, and villages, connecting up with other groups around the world via a
network created by the lot of them and facilitated by today’s communication
We could form study groups and facilitate emotional support
groups. They could present programs,
offer classes, produce seminars, workshops, and retreats.
They could create interdisciplinary, interoccupational, and interfaith
dialogue groups, meeting regularly to talk through the challenges of making life
work in the 21st Century. They
could produce major events, called Creating Tomorrow, in which solution-oriented
programs and projects could be exhibited and discussed, and for which public
support could be gathered. Many
people and many organizations will be taking up the call.
Many are right now.
Humanity is now growing impatient to do something about
what it is seeing. In the very near
future, humans will observe with greater clarity, objectivity, and honesty the
role of societal teachings and doctrines in the creation of the many Cultural
Stories that are producing continuing distrust, hatred, violence, and killing in
our communities and world.
Each person will do what she or he is called to do, but few
people will do nothing, for it will become increasingly and more widely apparent
in the months and years just ahead that the time has come for ordinary, everyday
people to take things into their own hands and stop relying on others – much
less authorizing others – to create humanity’s collective tomorrow.
Life does not call the qualified, Life qualifies the
called. People everywhere who feel
called to this work find they have the skills and abilities needed – as well
as the time, energy and resources.
Humanity will soon become aware that humanity has been
betrayed. It has been betrayed by
the very individuals, organizations, and agents that it had entrusted to
safeguard its well-being. Humanity
will soon understand that humanity has been undermined.
It has been undermined by the very doctrines, teachings, and beliefs that
it had imagined would free it from its limitations and, more important, from its
suffering. Humanity will soon awaken
from its long slumber to notice that a new day has begun.
In the years just ahead millions of individuals will be
catapulted to the edge of their consciousness, to the limit of their
understanding, perhaps even to the brink of despair – yet not beyond the point
of no return, not beyond the time of deciding, not beyond the moment when magic
can occur. And those whose minds
have been opened, those whose hearts still beat boldly, those whose soul can yet
be heard, will declare their membership on humanity’s team, and move with
thunderous power and lightning speed to reclaim the future.”
The Community Centre for Teaching Peace and Peace Café is
a place in Yellowknife where that magic can occur, and is inspired. It
is through conversation and dialogue that it will be shaped.
February 8, 2011