This participatory community dialogue is premised on the notion that a community is capable of discovering within themselves the courage and ability to engage reality, and change it. Through gathering in diversity and difference, a community learns and teaches each other what is truly required to reconcile. And the bonds of friendship that form between them and their lands is that which compel them to do so. In this dialogue you will be invited to:
Musqueam Nation – growing social sustainability
- – listen to those with whom you may disagree,
- – see those on society’s margins as most knowledgeable and essential to the pursuit of peace and justice,
- – discern your particular gifts and skills and uniquenesses,
- – risk being compelled to offer them for the community,
- – learn and teach, and…
- – imagine the full possibilities of world peace and what it could look like on the prairie.
By participating you will risk seeing others as yourself, being changed, and having a world of fun!
Highland Folk School 1968 Racial conciliation
Hear about the life work of our community members (from deans to tweens, farmers and social workers!) Hear the stories of communities around the world that have transformed their realities (from Highlander Folk School in the Appalachia mountains, to peace process of Indigenous communities in post-civil war Nepal, to our next-door neighbours at UBC Farm where Musqueam Nation, Mayan refugees, university and the Metro Vancouver community live, work and teach together.) The parallels among of the places that have transformed their realities while living in injustice reveal a pedagogy: a critical pedagogy of place. We’ll endeavour to gather in such a way that practice the ways of being they propose.
The hopes we share for just societies and healthy environments, meaningful work and education, reconciliation and restorative cultures resides in a choice: to live and work in relationship as a prairie community, or not. What if by beginning together, the prairie community could live in the way of a world that is, indeed, for all relations and generations...
Members of the Mayan in Exile Garden at UBC Farms
Who? You! This Convergence is cross-cultural, cross-class, inter-faith and multigenerational!:
- – Agrarian and conventional farmers!
- – First Nations, Metis, settlers, immigrants and newcomers.
- – Children, youth, adults and elders.
- – Business, industry, government, social services workers, un-employed and retired.
- – Religious, spiritual, atheist and agnostic.
- – Students, academics and citizenry.
- – People of minority communities and marginalized circumstances.
- – All sexual orientations and gender identities.
- – Cynics and idealists.
All are welcome. All are needed. Invite your friends and family! (Click here to help welcome others)
“Enduring change does not occur through mass numbers of people, but through a quality of relationship between unlikely people.” – John Paul Lederach
“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” —Lilla Watson, Australian Aboriginal activist
“Our crises began the instant humans believed they were not enough.” – Anonymous
Farm fresh from the garden sushi – UBC Farm in unceded Coast Salish territories