In Partnership with Memos: Learning From History and many other Rwandan NGO partners, the Peacemaker Institute organized two Bearing Witness Retreats in Rwanda in 2009-10. In the tradition of the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat co-founded by Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1996, hosted annually in the years since by the Zen Peacemakers and in 2007 and 2008 by the Peacemaker Institute, we conducted these five-day retreat, bearing witness to the horror and tragic impact of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide as well as the current state of healing and reconciliation efforts in Rwanda. Grounded in our Three Peacemaker Tenets – not knowing, bearing witness and loving action – the retreat offered Rwandans of all backgrounds and visitors from other countries new means for bearing witness to the realities and aftermath of genocide in ways that lead to healing, reconciliation, community-building and ultimately the prevention of violence and genocide.
For upcoming Bearing Witness Retreats, please visit our affiliate’s site: http://zenpeacemakers.org/
Issa Higiro (Memos – Learning From History), Dora Urujeni (Memos – Learning From History), Michael Brady (Peacemaker Institute & Bead For Life), Kate Crisp (Peacemaker Institute), Grover Gauntt (Hudson River Peacemaker Center), Fleet Maull (Peacemaker Institute) and Cassidy Murphy (Peacemaker Institute).
Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat Advisory Committee: Roshi Bernie Glassman (Zen Peacemakers), Andrzej Krajewski (Polish Peacemaker Community, Stefanie Krug-Rohn (Zivik, Germany) and Gerd Scheuerpflug (DED, Rwanda/Germany), Ginni Stern (Zen Peacemakers)