I should have made an update prior to now, but was waiting to report on accomplishments. I have been busy since last summer building more contacts and widening the base of the Seattle Peace Project for 2018. We have come a long way since this time a year ago. From the handful of supporting groups we began with, we now have 33. Our network of interfaith friends is growing, and a few other improvements have been made over last year.
First of all, the app we used last year for recording times of prayer and meditation for peace has been replaced by an easy-to-access link to Google Forms. It is no longer necessary to download anything, nor are there any more issues of compatibility.
Second, after observing many services held in different religious groups, I saw that in each spot, the pattern was basically the same: people entered, received a group teaching, socialized a bit, and left. At almost no time did people interact on a spiritual level with one another. I had been toying with different ways to have groups share on a deeper level for decades, and then it all came together. I created the peace circle ritual: a once a month meeting for a small group of people to share on a spiritual level. It is simple but profound. The first time around the circle, each person shares (without interruption) the inner thing that prevents them from being as spiritually perfect as possible this month. The second time around the circle, each person shares a transformational, inspiring story with a wisdom lesson (it could be anything). The third time around the circle, each person thanks the others for what they gave you. For the complete peace circle protocol, see the “Peace Circles” button at the bottom of the Seattle Peace Project (SPP) page. We are currently trying to build up monthly peace circles at four different locations. Everyone who participates comes away impressed by the ritual, as it re-connects us with each other in a way nothing else does. It has the potential to strengthen relationships between individuals in the same religious group, or among people from totally different groups.
Also, we are holding monthly pot-luck peace circles to create a forum for supporters of the project from all different religions to meet face-to-face and become friends. Our first meeting was at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center in Ballard on March 31st, and our second is schedule for Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 21st. At our pot-lucks, we share a meal, everyone shares a story, hold a wellness workshop, strategize, socialize, and close with a blessing for all, extending to the entire city. For full details of upcoming potlucks around Seattle, see the “events” button at the bottom of the SPP page.
Please join us for a potluck meal, and bring your friends. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notifies of upcoming events. Like us on Facebook. Tell your friends. Talk to fellow members of your congregation about the Seattle Peace Project. Please get in touch and get involved. These are the days when heroes are needed to save the world. Come join us in making history, and have a ball doing it!
Wishing You Heath, Happiness, and Wisdom,