The Peace Circle in these videos was held at the Raven Foundation in Glenview, IL on July 17, 2011 as a reflection on the ten years since the attacks on September 11, 2001. Bob Koehler was the circle keeper and he asked us two questions: “Where were you on 9/11?” and “What could we as a nation have done differently in response to the 9/11 attack?”
We all knew at least one other person in the circle, but none of us knew everyone else. What happened for our group of ten is what we hope will happen for you – by the time everyone had answered the first question, we felt connected, deeply connected as if we had been friends for a long time. Ten strangers had shared openly and had listened respectfully – that’s all it took for us to feel comfortable enough with each other answer the second question honestly. We were able to share the whole range of emotions, hopes and fears that such a conversation elicits. And unexpectedly, it was fun!
We divided the circle time into two videos, one for each question. We are also including video introductions so you can see who the circle members were. You can watch the videos on your own or as part of your Peace Circle. Another peace circle was held at Chicago’s Field Museum in a building constructed by the Maori people of New Zealand for their traditional process of peacefully encountering the stranger, a process called the Marae Encounter. View it here.
So please join the conversation of peace by forming your own Peace Circle to explore a divisive issue in your community. Peace needs your voice. It won’t happen without YOU!