A Beautiful Event With Fran And Reza

Posted by Bonnie Rose on Feb 25, 2020
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting ServiceSpace friend, Fran Faraz, at our Spiritual Center, The Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. Fran is the Program Director for a College Peace Studies Program. She did an amazing job of speaking – so warm, likeable, and knowledgeable.

We explored the idea that a conflict with two opposing sides often has a third way embedded within it. Fran also spoke about the importance of saying “I AM the change I wish to see in the world” – and then taking actions based on that statement. She discussed authentic hope vs. inauthentic hope. Inauthentic hope pretends that everything is fine, even when it isn’t. Authentic hope addresses the reality of challenges and labors to gain the peace and understanding that lead to positive change-worthy actions.

One of the best things about this gathering was the appreciation I felt for ServiceSpace. Fran, her husband Reza, and I have served together at several ServiceSpace gatherings. We were the makers of Mango Lassis at Karma Kitchen, Berkeley. We have taken three steps and a bow together around the Banyan Grove property. We have meditated, talked, and square danced…. Fran and Reza are some of the best people I know, and I have ServiceSpace to thank for introducing us.

I also appreciate ServiceSpace for the ongoing invitation to ripple. Rather than keeping Fran and Reza to myself, I got to share them with other dear people. How wonderful!

When I think about the noble friendships I have formed in ServiceSpace – and multiply that by the thousands and thousands of people in this ecosystem – that gives me great authentic hope. Thank you, friends.

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