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Emerging Indonesian Facilitators for AVP’s Creating Cultures of Peace and Justice

By Petrus

Peace Place Pati, Central Java, Indonesia is a place to practice creating a culture of peace that supports the movement to build peace in Indonesia. We support the emergence of facilitators through online facilitator training. Eight participants joined the facilitators’ training 19 January – 30 March 2021. 

We studied the AVP Basic Workshop Roadmap and it’s parallels with trauma recovery. 


Friendship               Agreements

Affirmation             Safety

Communication      Remembering

Cooperation            Reconnection

 If you cannot cooperate, stop and try to communicate. If you cannot communicate, stop and say something affirming. If you cannot say something affirming, stop and get to know each other, become friends: this is  the guidance of the AVP Roadmap.

Resiliency through agreements, safety, remembering, and reconnection is recognized in research as the primary sequence of the stages of trauma recovery (Herman, 1983). Following this sequence improves our ability to face painful or difficult conditions.

Empowerment skills help us make positive choices in our use of power. Resiliency skills help us face human tragedy, heal, and stay well. Play helps us develop capabilities for survival, creativity and joy. Transformed people need transformed societies in which to live, work and play, and to help their societies transform into healthy places.Nadine Hoover, Creating Cultures of Peace.

Seven emerging Indonesian facilitators for AVP’s Creating Cultures of Peace and Justice include:

Ferdi Prabowo Jati, a master’s student at the University of Gajah Mada (UGM), concentrates on criminal law. He currently works as a volunteer in Harapan Fian, an organization that supports the urban poor in Yogyakarta. With Creating Cultures of Peace training, he feels he has gained knowledge on how to change his personal life as well as his social life. He got real knowledge of ways to create a culture of peace. Making changes felt easier because he knew the steps and friends accompanied him. Becoming a facilitator of CCP felt to him like becoming a participant who has gotten a lot of knowledge. In addition to practicing in the street community, Ferdi is also working as an online facilitator for the AVP Basic Workshop, which we call Empowerment.

Ruwaida is a moslem student from Nusa Tenggara Barat which is currently finishing her study at UIN (State Islamic University) Yogyakarta. Ida was born and raised in an exclusively Muslim family. In the past she was very closed to different religions but her life experiences have taught her to be more open. Some things that gave her life experience about interfaith were her sister in law who came from Christian background, Quran teacher’s child, and when she studied at UIN. Now she is active in the interfaith movement in Yogyakarta. Besides practicing CCP with children at GajahWong Yogyakarta school, Ida is also currently doing an internship as an online facilitator of empowerment training.

Rakha got to know Creating Cultures of Peace in January 2020, and since has followed up with embodied justice training. He has organized embodied justice training for victims of violence in Bandung with the youth community and also participates in a movement to advocate for justice and stop violence against women in Bandung. He is interested in participating in the training because he wants to develop Creating Cultures of Peace in Bandung.

Asaria Lauwing Bara, is a Vicar’s candidate in GMIT (eastern evangelical church). Bara’s congregation joined JPIT (Eastern Indonesian Women’s Network) focusing on women’s issues. A great deal of violence occurs in his community, pushing Bara to coordinate a community study group that was named “Mentari Maulafa’s House” in Nusa Tenggara Timur. After getting to know Creating Cultures of Peace, Bara practiced a lot, became a good listener, and listened to his conscience. This is a big challenge for Bara because as a Vicar’s Candidate he must preach more. Every day he practices stopping with the church council and through the Rumah Mentari Maulafa community he practices bringing out the good by coming up with positive words. He joined the facilitator training because he wanted to learn more about Creating Cultures of Peace tools to share with the congregation and the community.

Novience Margarita Selly is a pastor in Indonesia Bethel Church Nafiri Sion in Papua. She joined JPBA (Jaringan Peduli Bina Aksara Papua-Literacy Care Network for Papuan Literacy Development) and started to develop Creating Cultures of Peace with children and youth. She participated in the facilitator training because she wanted to learn more about Creating Cultures of Peace tools for self-change and to support the varied ministries in her congregation, especially among the children and youth.

Wiwit’s discernment for 2021 focused on health care, using time effectively, completing a psychological study, and looking for an internship to develop his knowledge in mentoring children with special needs. His goals following the facilitator training are to learn more about Creating Cultures of Peace tools for self-change and to introduce Creating Cultures of Peace to more of his friends. He has five friends from Papua, Bandung, and Magelang studying in Satya Wacana Christian University who already know AVP-Creating Cultures of Peace from online training through the Basic Empowerment skills and tools.

Tito is studying English literature. His focus in discernment 2021 includes: 1. Learn more about grammar and tenses, get used to reading English novels, reading books and writing in English, taking note of something, getting focus on the lecturer when classes, and following class well. 2. Build community on campus through choir groups and events on and off campus. 3. Improve his music skills, especially violin. He participated in facilitator training to train himself in practice of using Creating Cultures of Peace tools and to be able to introduce Creating Cultures of Peace tools to his friends.

We are happy that Peace Place Pati is a place to practice Creating Cultures of Peace. We have entered a new stage of developing local facilitators from among youth in Yogyakarta, East Nusa Tenggara, and West Nusa Tenggara through students studying in Jogja, Papua, and Salatiga.