Pace e Bene trainer Dr. Kit Evans-Ford spoke and led a nonviolence workshop entitled From Hurt to Healing in Tiffin, Ohio on April 5. Below is her reflection.
Visiting Nonviolent Tiffin was such a gift! Sr. Paulette and I journeyed with 50 male inmates at Crosswaeh correctional facility. I shared my journey of surviving an extremely violent sexual assault. Doing this allowed the men to feel comfortable sharing about their journeys. We talked about healing, forgiveness, relationships, and used activities like Two Hands of Nonviolence to recognize our scripts and how to be better, more nonviolent people in relationship with others.
Later that evening 85 community members, which included leaders from Nonviolent Tiffin (Part of the Nonviolent Cities Project), journeyed together as we learned about trauma, healing, and nonviolence. Activities from Pace e Bene’s Engage: Exploring Nonviolence Living assisted with thinking through and applying effective ways to actively listen to others in working to resolve conflict. We are grateful for the partnership with the Sisters of St. Francis and Nonviolent Tiffin!
Sister Paulette Schroeder, who helped organized Dr. Evans-Ford’s visit, offered the following reflections on the workshop.
“I loved the evening and the way Kit related with the people assembled—about 85 attendees in total. It was clear that she had a personal interest in each person and that she sincerely wanted every individual to benefit sincerely from the skills she taught and the sharing of her own healing with the audience.
“I heard only positive remarks from the audience consisting of men and women from a local rehabilitation center, members of Nonviolent Tiffin, the mayor and the president of the town council, teachers of some of Bridges Academy, local citizens, social workers, etc. Next time I hope to have more mental health workers join us, since our outreach effort wasn’t too successful. It could have helped them very much.
“Kit was so easy to be with, to share life with, and to settle her in the apartment which one of the members of Nonviolent Tiffin offered. Blessings to Kit, Ryan, and all in your work to slowly but consistently build a society which is peaceful and nonviolent in every aspect of the people’s lives.”
Campaign Nonviolence, a project of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, is working for a new culture of nonviolence by connecting the issues to end war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction. We organize The Nonviolent Cities Project and the annual Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions.
Waging Nonviolence partners with other organizations and publishes their work.