Peacemaking Circles use a restorative justice framework, and derive their origin from indigenous cultures. Peacemaking Circles involve two or more participants. A Peacemaking Circle is a dialogue process that works to create a space to discuss, share, improve relationships, and respect differences. Circles assume a universal human wish to be connected to others in a good way. Honest communication, relationship development, and community building are the core desired outcomes of Peacemaking Circles. There are various types of Peacemaking Circles used to address differing needs/issues:
The facilitator of the Circle (Circle Keeper) is a part of the process and aims to give everyone a voice, address underlying issues, and heal potentially damaged relationships.
FLYY’s Peacemaking Circles can be a one-time event, or part of ongoing family, community, school, and/or organizational growth and development.
“The Circle provides a safe space where this deeper connecting can happen, where conflicts can become opportunities for building relationships. Today, we witness both the harm of disconnecting and the healing power of connecting. We need now, more than ever before, to find ways to connect with each other constructively, to understand and respect our differences, and to recognize the invaluable contribution each of us can make to creating community.”
-From Chuck Robertson Sr., Oscar Reed, and Jamie Williams; “The Restorative Way”
“I encourage the world to choose courage and compassion. Far too often we wait for leaders and governments to bring us peace. But think about it: it is individuals who build peace. And when individuals build peace, it is strong, it is lasting, and it is genuine. That does not mean that we sit nicely on a meditation cushion and enjoy our own inner peace. Peace requires action. Peace requires a real sense of urgency. Peace requires courage and hard work. Peace means that each and every one of us has an obligation to build mutual understanding and an obligation to reject fear. Peace requires us to not only accept but to celebrate the differences among us. Peace encourages us to embrace differences.”
-From Gyalwang Drukpa
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