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This week’s news:
- Sept. 25 OWL Global Wisdom Circle — Videos
Sonia Shah spoke about about her restorative justice work, what it’s like holding circles in the California state prison system with men convicted of sexually molesting children, and how her own life’s journey has led her to this work. The question we discussed: how have we each experienced violence in the context of our own lives and how — on a heart level — have we responded? The conversation — about healing, forgiveness, and honoring the humanity of everyone — was deeply moving.
View all the videos, and enter your own comments, at Sept. 25 OWL Global Wisdom Circle.
- Sept. 26 Global Gender Partnership Circle — Video
First Speaker Dr. Grace Wamue-Ngare in Kenya, together with Dr. Grace Mose (Kenya) Trish Sewe (Kenya), and other women and men in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast, carried on a conversation about initiatives and projects led by brave women and men in African countries that are creating the conditions for the empowerment of women — leading to the betterment of families, children, the environment, the economy and all people in their societies.
Bonita Banducci has posted the video of this circle on YouTube:
- Awakin Calls
Sept. 24 Awakin Call — Recording and Transcript
Maria, who lives in Helsinki, began corresponding in the spring of 2014 with Moyo (an artistic pseudonym). At the age of 18, Moyo killed two people – a crime for which he was sentenced to death and, for the past fifteen years, has been held in solitary confinement on death row in the United States.
Though living vastly different lives on the surface, Moyo and Maria swiftly found common ground for friendship. A year into their correspondence, Maria received a special letter from Moyo with a stunning work of handmade art – a gift that planted the seed for an art exhibit of Moyo’s transformative story. Moyo continued to correspond with Maria regularly, sending letters, postcards, photographs, poetry and artwork. In August 2016, Maria exhibited his work as an art exhibition in Helsinki and online. The exhibition, Buddhas on Death Row, is titled in the spirit of Moyo’s body of work: a series of Buddha portraits with accompanying reflections on suffering and happiness, conflict and peace, impermanence and eternity, ignorance and awareness.
Oct. 1 Awakin Call
You check out the complete line-up of future calls, and check out the recordings and transcripts of years of past ones, at Awakin.org.
Any questions, comments, ideas for future OWL circles or for the OWL community? Please let me know!