Workshop to connect healing circles

May. 01, 2013 @ 03:39 PM

The Durham Friends Meeting will host a workshop Saturday for those interested in becoming involved in Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham activities.
Nikki Vangsnes of the Durham Friends Meeting Community Action Group on Violence talked about the “Healing Circles Workshop” at the Religious Coalition’s meeting last week. The workshop, she said, will “provide a chance for those of us who feel that call for this kind of work.”
The focus of the workshop is dealing with issues of violence through coalition vigil ministries and healing circles for family members of murder victims. It is free and begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Durham Friends Meeting, 404 Alexander Ave. in Durham. There will be a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The event ends at 11 a.m.
Workshop participants will experience the healing circle process and learn about carrying hope for each other and support each other, Vangsnes said.
“Voices are heard one at a time – not a discussion, but a process of providing opportunity for listening and sharing, from every perspective,” she said.
The workshop will be led by Rob Womack, who has a master’s degree in counseling and a master of divinity from Wake Forest University.
Marcia Owen, director of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, said the workshop circle will be connected to a healing circle for homicide victims’ families that meets at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, where RCND roundtables are also held.
“We hope as time goes on, we’ll make one big circle or many small circles,” Owen said. “It is healing to bear witness to pain. This is preparation to be open to that, to receive it with the love we possess,” she said.
Vangsnes said the workshop will be about being present for each other. RSVP to nikki.vangsnes@duke.edu.