Posts by Metta Center

Moms Are Vital to Peacemaking: Newlsetter

Taylor Anderson-Stevenson, our Partnership Catalyst and a mother, writes in her introduction to our latest newsletter: This past Sunday, many of us celebrated Mother’s Day. It’s the one day of the year that women are recognized for giving birth, raising children, and taking care of others. Too often, the contributions of mothers are erased or… read more

True Generosity: A reflection

When I give someone a handout, they call me a Saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a Communist. ~Archbishop Romero Matt Harman, a student in Metta’s Certificate in Nonviolence Studies, has offered this reflection on generosity, inspired by the idea of “true and false generosity” as explained by Paulo Freire.… read more

Interconnectedness Is Our Safety: Newsletter

It has been an incredible couple of weeks in nonviolence, most notably with the reconciliation of North and South Korea, and the promise of transforming the demilitarized zone (DMZ) into a peace park, sealed with the planting of a peace pine. Doesn’t that feel good, as if through their own reconciliation we are participating in… read more

Constructive Dialogue: Workshop

Creating Constructive Dialogue: Using Empathy Circle practice to connect across differences Learn some key principles and a simple practice that helps create understanding and empathy among people regardless of their differences. Structural attributes of the Empathy Circle practice ensure that each person has the opportunity to speak and be heard to their satisfaction. This process… read more

Roots of Resistance: Podcast

What happens when we imagine and tell stories about nonviolent movements? We are more likely to make them a reality! Novelist, activist, trainer, Rivera Sun, joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Roots of Resistance, and the power of nonviolence in all of its constructive and obstructive creativity. Stay on for a dose of Nonviolence… read more

Tools and Principles of Nonviolence: Workshop

“Nonviolence is the greatest power at the disposal of humanity.” ~Gandhi   Conflict is inevitable, violence is not. In this workshop, we will dive into the transformative power of nonviolence, which, when properly understood and creatively applied, has the potential of solving almost all of the challenges of our modern world, especially the on-going menace… read more

Harnessing Power as a Community: Workshop

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. ~Meg Wheatley Building community is more than getting to know our neighbors–it is about building our power together to be a force for security, safety, care, and healing transformation when necessary, as well as learning how to work with those with whom… read more

Youth Leadership: Newsletter

Our mission is to “help people practice nonviolence more safely and more effectively,” and there could not be a more propitious or critical time to do that. For our latest newsletter, we discuss how youth are leading the way in waking up the US to action around challenging gun violence. You’ll also find links to… read more