A Workshop for Exploring Inner Peace and Global Peace: Applying Spiritual Principles to Transform Conflict

Saturday, March 1, 2008
10 am to 4 pm
United Church of Gainesville
1624 NW 5th Ave (Fellowship Hall West Wing)

This workshop is full.

Workshop description: Our ability to find creative solutions to personal, national and international issues depends on our capacity to handle conflict.  This workshop will teach universal principles and practices of responding to conflict based on Search for Common Groundís practical experience around the world. It is for people who want to examine and transform conflict in their own lives; to understand the parallel between personal and global interactions; and, to learn about Search for Common Groundís role in the world.  Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict- away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. They work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societiesí capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities. The workshop can deepen a personís spiritual practice regardless of his or her religious background.

For more information see the Search for Common Ground web site at www.sfcg.org

Workshop Presenter: Philip M. Hellmich
Philip is the Co-Director of Individual Giving from Search for Common Ground, an international organization dedicated to transforming the way the world deals with conflict. Philip has over 18 years of experience in international development and peacebuilding.  His own spiritual journey began in the bush of Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he served with the Peace Corps.  It has deepened through a daily meditation practice that has helped him deal with the harsh realities of war-torn countries across Africa.  He has worked intermittently as a freelance writer, publishing in the Washington Post, several magazines and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

"Rare is the man who walks in this troubled world, his heart anchored in Divine Consciousness. Storyteller, poet and peace maker, Philip Hellmich celebrates the power of spiritual principles in the quest for global social transformation. His presentation is just superb." 
Patricia Aburdene, author, Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism

In addition, Philip will present an overview of this topic in lecture format on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm in the HPNP Auditorium. Workshop and lecture are sponsored by the UF Center for Spirituality & Health.

For more information, contact Mary Fukuyama, 352 371 9136.

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