Thursday, October 24 the SCNY Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation and the Sociology Department of CMSV co-sponsored the "Creativity for Peace" event in the Presidents Reception Room. Three young women peacemakers from Creativity for Peace — www.creativityforpeace.com — shared their stories. Dottie Indyke, Executive Director, gave a brief overview of purpose of group and moderated the question and answer period.
Rula Abu Hussain, a Palestinian living in Israel, Adi Goldshtein, Jewish Israeli, and Diana Fraua, a Palestinian from the West Bank moved our hearts and opened us up to the pain and reality of all those living in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. They invited us to learn how to be peacemakers by listening to our own stories and others, an important first step towards opening mind and heart. They also invited us to learn and listen more to the stories of people living in their homelands and to visit sometime. Years ago Sisters Eileen Storey and Elizabeth Earley (both deceased) invited Sisters and others to do this through the great pilgrimages they offered.
One of the young woman said, "Through Creativity for Peace, I started to believe in my own voice." This helped her move from feelings of anger and fear towards love and compassion.
Those who came to listen were students in the sociology class of Dr. Kristin Lawler, Assistant Professor of Sociology; some people from the Riverdale community and Sisters of Charity, including Sisters Wilda Asfour, Rose Bianco, and Theresa Capria.