I'm joining Service Space because ... I met Nipun Mehta and Audrey Lin and was blown away by their selflessness and big-picture thinking. I also am completely on board with radical generosity and learning how to incorporate into my life, work, and family.
A good day to me is when ... I've spent the morning hiking in the mountains, had an inspiring deep listening call with a friend/colleague, and spent time playing with my three small children. Then, capping it all off with time out with my thoughtful husband.
My hero in life is ...Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science
My favorite book is ...right now it's The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my loving, supportive, and wacky family, and my great privilege to do the work I do. (peace building)
Sep 26, 2021, 1 comments Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Huda Abuarquob. Huda Abu Arquob’s family history "challenges the simplistic narrative of Palestinians and Israelis fighting for 3,000 years." She is now Regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a coalition of more than 130 civil society organizations working in Palestine and in Israel on conflict transformation, peacebuilding and nonviolent direct actions. She is also a recognized leader in Feminist Inclusive Political Activism. For Huda, a sustainable peace solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict lies not with political leadership at the top, but with people-to-people dialogues, particularly among women. Her life work involves building strong grassroots Israeli-Palestinian relationships as a foundation for lasting peace. She learned early on that simply fostering contact among people alone, without more collective healing work and social change education, does not transform conflict. Below are some of the nuggets from the call that stood ... Read Full Story
Sep 22, 2021, 1 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Huda Abuarquob: A Palestinian Building Peace From Bottom UpReflection questions: Our guest this week is a peacebuilder who believes that differences shouldn't be swept under the rug. What is a social conflict you are currently facing? How do you seek to heal personal and collective traumas in order to seek a deeper, more transformative resolution of that conflict?
Aug 22, 2021, 3 comments, 6 smiles Hi Service Space friends! Our 8 year old daughter, Afton, has been joining Awakin Circles the past couple months and enjoying creating poems and stories of her own to share. Like many of us, she is also concerned about the environment. (We live in Redding, CA in prime wildfire territory!) She is starting the TOGETHER club, hoping to connect with youth from around the world to share creative inspiration and practical acts of healing for the planet. Would love for you to spread the word if you know of kids who would like to join! (And for the adults wanting to participate, Afton liked the idea of adult mentors and guest speakers.)
Feb 21, 2021, 1 comments Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Aqeela Sherrills. Growing up the youngest of 10 siblings in a Los Angeles housing project as a member of the famed Crips gang, Aqeela Sherrills lived the country’s most violent urban street gang war. By 1992, he had helped broker a historic peace agreement between the rival Bloods and Crips. He is now a leading campaigner against gang violence and the death penalty, as an expert on victim service and community-based public safety. A spirit-centered organizer, he promotes transformational change at both individual and community levels, coming from a place of love, healing, and reverence. Tragically, in 2004 his own 18-year-old son in college died to gun violence. In response, Aqeela visited sacred sites around the world, initiating a new phase of work and activism. He launched The Reverence Project to introduce those who suffer from high levels of trauma ... Read Full Story
Feb 17, 2021, 1 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Aqeela Sherrills: Transforming Trauma In Urban War ZonesReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that we are not our experiences and that "the harm we do and things we experience do not define us or who we are, they just inform who we are becoming." How have you risen from trauma and tragic experiences in your journey of becoming?
Nov 28, 2020, 1 comments, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Eddie Rodriguez. Five years away from a pension, Rev. Eddie Rodriguez walked away from an assured livelihood with Bellsouth, and stepped onto the path of “meaning and purpose” he had been looking for. For the last twenty years, based in south Florida, he’s worked worldwide as an interfaith minister. “I am challenged," he has said, "to find what we all share in common, regardless of different religious beliefs and cultures, and that is Love.” It was his profound connection to the book Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsch that spurred him to make the change, and to embark on a personal journey that led him to become Rev. Eddie. “I remembered the words ‘it is not about making a living but making a life,’ and ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’.” “Taking a risk was at ... Read Full Story
Nov 25, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Eddie Rodriguez: Conversations With Many Faces Of The DivineReflection questions: Can you recall a time where you walked away from security to seek deeper meaning and purpose? What supported you and gave you strength in taking the step?
Nov 08, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Joan Blades, expertly moderated by Aryae! Joan Blades is an “accidental activist” leading movements that have shaped American culture and politics. A deep believer in ordinary people driving change, Blades in her latest endeavor seeks to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural and party lines – one living room at a time. An open source effort, Living Room Conversations offers an intimate structured conversation format to citizens as a powerful tool to rebuild respectful relationships and identify common ground. Raised in Berkeley during the civil rights era and having been active in the women’s rights movement, Joan has had a prolonged look at the dysfunction of partisan behaviors, as well as at the good will, intelligence and power of ordinary citizens. Dubbed the “mother” of digital mobilization as co-founder of MoveOn.org, which accidentally grew out of her online bipartisan ... Read Full Story
Nov 04, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Joan Blades: Moving On Post-Election? Transforming DiscourseReflection questions: How are you "moving on" from divisiveness in civic life and helping create a new reality? How can you be among the small group of people driving change in discourse from a grassroots level?
Sep 19, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Tuesday Ryan-Hart. Tuesday Ryan-Hart leads large-scale systems change with a deep practice of placing equity at the center of new movements. She believes that social, organizational and systems change often starts with a "big bang" -- "something urgent enough to make us realize the effectiveness and relevance of our systems is diminishing exponentially." But though we "like the drama of epic turning points," big bangs simply "force disparate groups into conversation." Her approach to longer term change processes is that finding a shared purpose or vision is not a prerequisite for doing work together; rather, doing work together is the prerequisite for building relationship and getting to shared purpose. Attempting to arrive at shared purpose too early can leave some voices marginalized -- thus holding groups back from doing the real work of taking the next step together. Below are some ... Read Full Story