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 Beyond Tolerance

 On Wednesday, March 12th PCTN hosted Speaker LaFreeda Thomas. She gave us so much food for thought as she shared her family’s experience over her years in Paradise and then inspired us with the rich ideas, words of wisdom, and courageous activism of many of those who have stood firm for justice and peace, including Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Joan Baez, Alice Walker, Mother Teresa, Harry Belafonte, Archbishop Desmond TuTu, Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Phil Lane, Jr., and Andrew Young.

 

The theme of the program was tolerance and the importance of moving beyond tolerance toward acceptance and the connectedness of all human beings. She asked: “Can we look at an opponent and see beyond to the value of the human being and use that recognition to arrive at reconciliation?”

 

She left us to ponder these practices toward the sacred path of peace and justice. They are taken from the book “Just Peacemaking” by Glen Stassen.

1.      Identify and cease to participate in ongoing negative processes.

2.      Be inclusive in all activities that are good for the human family.

3.      Take the initiative to communicate with those who do not agree with you, for the purpose of bringing about reconciliation.

4.      Hold to the high standard of truth telling.

5.      Discover the road to justice when resolving difficult situations. This prepares the path that leads to reconciliation:

·         There must be some sacrifice made by both sides.

·         Both parties must be trusted with that sacrifice.

·         Faith and truth must be protected in any agreement.



 

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