is in the air ---from Middle America to
the Middle East. Frustration and despair
are increasing. How will this rising anger
play out? How will people engage with their
opponents? What methods will they use?
We know that anger, properly directed,
can be the fuel for constructive change.
And we know that successful nonviolent
movements are not spontaneous. They require
training and practice, personal reflection
and discernment, as well as activism. They
require both inner work and outer work.
Creating a Culture of Peace (CCP) trainings
prepare individuals and groups for constructive,
nonviolent change. They build and strengthen
skills for respectful engagement with opponents,
instead of confrontation that polarizes and
demonizes. They increase group solidarity
through a shared foundation in language,
stories, and principles; through analysis
of successful nonviolent social change movements;
and by planning concrete projects on issues
that concern them. The CCP popular education
approach maximizes mutual learning and participation,
using a variety of interactive exercises
and media. CCP has worked with thousands
of participants and prepared over 300 trainers.
Host organizations include veterans, faith
groups, colleges and seminaries, and peace
and justice groups across the U.S., and an
organization in Palestine.
Janet Chisholm is founder, director and
lead trainer for CCP, a nonprofit organization.
She first established the program at the
Fellowship of Reconciliation when she was
executive director and training coordinator.
It reflects a faith commitment and her
experiences in anti-poverty work, religious
education, teaching children and university
student teachers, and years of peace activism.
She holds degrees in Religion and Human