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The CIVIL CONVERSATION PROJECT & THE PAUSE – Krista Tippett & John Paul Lederach

THE PAUSE 

Given the events of recent days, we asked our friend and teacher John Paul Lederach to offer a reflection for this week’s Pause. He’s spent his life walking with people in many cultures through violent conflict towards transformative change. I’m so grateful for the perspective he opens here, and the fierce/gentle way he invites us into the truth of our time and ourselves.

— Krista

From John Paul:

The images of this week remain seared in our minds. While painful, they will not and should not be unseen, precisely because they help us look more carefully at what peers back at us from our national mirror.

We are not looking at a fringe few. We are gazing upon ourselves. CLICK FOR MORE

 

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OnBeingCivilConversationsProjectSpeaking together differently in order to live together differently.  The Civil Conversations Project seeks to renew common life in a fractured and tender world. We are a conversation-based, virtues-based resource towards hospitable, trustworthy relationship with and across difference.

We honor the power of asking better questions, model reframed approaches to entrenched debates, and insist that the ruptures above the radar do not tell the whole story of our time. We aspire to amplify and cross-pollinate the generative new realities that are also being woven, one word and one life at a time.

Civil Conversations Project  –  Listen

How do we speak the questions we don’t know how to ask each other? How to engage our neighbors who have become strangers? Can we do that even while we continue to hold passionate disagreements on deep convictions? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it to human purposes?

The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) is an open, ongoing conversation offering tools and resources for renewing civic discourse at every level and nourishing common life. It includes audio, video, writing, and guides to help ground and animate new conversation and relationship across the differences of our age.

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How To Recognise Negging (So You Can Avoid Men Who Do It)

By Erika Smith – Refinery 29 UK

“In one more drink, I’ll be ready to hit on you.” “You’re too much of a nice girl for me.” “I like your shoes, they look really comfortable.” According to one popular Reddit post, these are a few classic examples of “negging,” a tactic self-described “pickup artists” use in an attempt to attract women.

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THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA NATURE CENTER – Vision 2020

We do not love what we cannot name, and what we do not love we will not save.”  Robert MacFarlane

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is proud to present 2020VISION: A new strategic plan for our future. Highlighting the unique wildlife of the Southern Appalachian region both past and present, the Nature Center will become a true gateway to the incredible world of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

NEWS AND BLOG


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ASHEVILLE TRAVEL BLOG

The Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to serve 1,300 local businesses as tourism industry partners. The CVB offers Partner Forums and headliner events that provide partners with promotional, sales, and networking opportunities throughout the year. The CVB also offers tourism partner orientation to help connect local businesses with the free marketing services provided by the BCTDA. A newsletter, Facebook page, and the AshevilleCVB.com website also provide resources to the Buncombe County tourism sector.

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A MATTER OF SPIRIT: International Peace & Justice Center

A Matter of Spirit (AMOS) is the quarterly justice journal of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center with analysis, theological reflection and action on justice issues. Our Governing Council selects four topics for the year, which are then given to our Editorial Board to determine articles and writers.


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EMBODIED MEDITATION PODCASTS with Paige – Calm Stress and Anxiety

Gentle yoga combined with guided relaxations and meditations. These short, portable audio sessions blend breath-centered movement, music, and mindfulness practices to help you sleep, center, ground, release stress, and generally soothe your system.

Please give the first Embodied Meditation—Calming Stress and Anxiety—a listen here. It’s 15 minutes of soothing, grounding movement and guided breathing to help dissolve tension.


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SPROUT: The Arboretum Blog

For more than 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People, Plants and Places…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.   CLICK HERE for SPROUT: The Arboretum BLOG


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SOUTHERNERS ON NEW GROUND Blog Feed

The Legacy and Dream of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer communities as committed to liberation, dignity, and safety for all people must be remembered, amplified, and carried forward….

SONG builds a beloved community of LGBTQ people in the South who are ready and willing to do our part to challenge oppression in order to bring about liberation for ALL people.


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TERRI CROSBY: Creating life-affirming, ever-evolving, happier relationships with those you love.

Since the early 80′s, I’ve been studying, observing, and experimenting in my own life, and talking to others about it.

What I found over the years is that yes, you can change even the most stuck or awful circumstances. Yes, you can rescue a relationship and it takes one person to do it — you.

IN RELATIONSHIPS, KNOWING WHAT’S OURS TO DO

 


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