“We must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the days since the murder of George Floyd we have been watching events across our nation with both grief and renewed commitment. And as we grieve, we redouble our commitment to our founding mission: answering violence with skills for peace.
Like the continuing challenge of Covid 19, this killing and its aftermath bring America’s best and worst to the fore. At LFFP, we declare with renewed conviction that love is the answer. Peace is our product, and love is the foundation of our method.
For 40 years we have been providing emotionally safe spaces, in the DC metro area and around the world, where people of all ages can experience, learn, and practice the skills of peace, starting from within.
We choose to see this twofold crisis as an opportunity, a new opening for the work of recovery and reconciliation. With Dr. King we hold on to hope for a profound culture shift, “building dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
Since the schools and other community centers where we typically work have been closed, we have been gathering people of all ages in online Peace Circles. Using “tool cards” and active listening, we grow together in self-awareness and we build solidarity. This summer we will hold more online circles, as well as four weeks of online Peace Camp and three sessions of the LFFP Peace Academy, culminating in a Peace Practitioner credential. We invite you to join us!
Do you believe, with Dr. King, that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word”? If you do, check us out, and find your piece of the peace. If you don’t, we warmly welcome you to the circle. We need his vision of the beloved community most when it seems farthest away.
In persistent peace, MJ and Jerry Park Co-Founders, Little Friends for Peace