Starting in 2021, seventeen children and adults began reflecting on relationships among people who are different, especially across religions around Pati and Winong sub-district.
The Mosque, written by German Kuznetzv-Valin from Russia (link), is a story of a young Russian soldier who wears a Christian cross rescuing the corpse of a Muslim that broke loose while fording an icy river, and then people of all religions joining in to construct a mosque in the village.
Our 3-hour, in-person Power of Goodness event began with stopping. Participants took a moment to stop their bodies and minds, let go of tension, stress and distress, calm the nervous system, creating an inner space to listen to love and conscience. Sitting in a circle, each participant shared their name and “a time I noticed the kindness of others who were different from me.” Participants then read and reflected on the agreements to practice:
- Affirm self and others; no put downs or put ups.
- Stop, listen, don’t interrupt.
- Speak simply and honestly, without fear of mistakes.
- Speak one’s own experience, not others’ without permission.
- Make friends not enemies with people similar to and different from yourself.
- Ask for and offer hospitality, feedback, and assistance.
- Care for each person, the group, the community, and the natural world.