How do you turn the ‘Other’ into a Brother?
Spring updates from our global Chapters
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, the Islamabad Chapter hosted a seminar titled, “Women: Rights, Responsibilities, and Roles.” They heard from a panel of respected female speakers to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women as well as address the challenges that they continue to face in these sectors.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Chapter Leaders in Kinshasa invited the rival fans of two popular football teams whose recent actions had turned violent for a face-to-face gathering. They hosted a successful dialogue event between them that encouraged participants to look beyond their differences and work toward a more inclusive community.
At a recent Chapter meeting, students spoke with Flint filmmaker, Mike Ramsdell, and watched his documentary, “When Elephants Fight” followed by a discussion on community activism. Members also participated in the local March for our Lives rally, calling for stricter gun laws across the U.S., especially in schools.
Seattle Chapter members recently volunteered with World Relief to help convert an unused parking lot of a local church into a refugee community garden. Here they are hard at work removing asphalt and digging ditches!
The Redding Chapter hosted a public screening of “Disturbing the Peace” and had an inspiring Q&A session with the film director, Stephen Apkon. He encouraged the audience to see that the film was not just about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but rather was about the heart of conflict in any community and has special relevance for those in the United States as people took to the streets this past month in protests against violence. “Whose peace are we disturbing,” he asked “when we question the typical narratives of victim vs. perpetrator, violence vs. peace?”
East Coast Speaking Tour
Euphrates Founder and CEO, Janessa Gans Wilder, gave talks in three communities on the East Coast last month. She shared her story and the work of Euphrates to receptive audiences at the Fairfax Student Peace Awards, the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and with a diverse interfaith group in Frederick, Maryland.