Virginia Swain for America's Soul

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Virginia Swain  WORCESTER, MA



Calling for a Spiritual Renaissance in America
 
with Virginia Swain

I invite you to become a stakeholder in my process of hope to join with others inclined to knit together the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans in a very divided time.

Drawing on our longtime commitment to Culture of Peace through the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace at the United Nations, we commit to build a culture of hope and practical achievements in the American Culture of Peace.

A Spiritual Renaissance would occur when everyone knows why they're here. They then can claim their patch on the patchwork quilt of America's soul destiny. Our destiny will not be fulfilled until everyone's patch is on the quilt and we are all working together in equal partnership.

Vaclav Havel, author of the Politics of Hope, says "hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good".

Calling for a Spiritual Renaissance in America is a project of the Center for Global Community and World Law, a 501C  nonprofit in consultative status at the United Nations. All donations are tax exempt.

 A troubled America is crying out for a Spiritual Renaissance. I believe part of the Renaissance involves my calling to work with others to facilitate living out our soul destiny at home and in the world.

My goal is to strengthen the United Nations through my own country, America.  If you think the UN needs changing, you have to go back to your own country. I will re-focus my 25 years of experience developing and training Reconciliation Leaders in the United Nations to the United States and implement the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will, the will of the people

 When the soul is neglected, it appears symptomatically in obsessions, addictions, violence and loss of wisdom, says author Thomas Moore in his book Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life.  He writes that "we have lost our wisdom about the soul and even our interest in the soul."

 My friend, Thomas Banyacya, a Hopi Elder, delivered the Hopi Prophecy at the UN in 1992  on the need to change the way we live. Now is the hour, Thomas says, to find the leader within each of us and to develop and sustain a relationship with the Great Spirit and reverence for the earth.

My spiritual renaissance began a long time before I met Thomas when I lived on Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley, California, for nearly a year and a half in 1986-87. I was in New York City during the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/01, I had a dream of a Phoenix rising from the ashes of Ground Zero. The Phoenix is a transformative and regenerative bird-- resurrecting America's soul purpose.  My dream showed me a new way to look at my renaissance in 1986-87 and 9/11, encouraging me to heal and address the soul needs of the United States. 

The World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter--offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today's world. 

Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique - it's a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.

This greater unity of spiritual traditions will be the ground upon which America's Soul Café stands.

In Covey's book, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he says, “Begin with the end in mind.”  One of the courses at the United Nations, Designing and Implementing Interventions for Local, Community, National and Global Challenges, uses the imaging process (see collage at top of page). When we image a solution to a challenge, we then can make a timeline and follow an action plan.

Covey's 8th Habit is to find our voice (referring to an individual's personal significance) and inspire others to find theirs.  How we find out what is unique and valuable to others allows us to move from effectiveness to greatness.

 All are invited to our online America's Soul cafés, on Saturdays,  January 14, February, 4, March 4, April 8, May 6 and June 10 on zoom from 11:00-1:00 ET, 10:00-12:00 CT, 8:00-10:00 PT . Subsequent Cafes will be announced in late May.

All donors are invited to join me in building the Spiritual Renaissance of hope.

Join donors Jamshid Faryar, Elva Casteneda de Hall,  Betty Poynton, Anne Burling, Lisa Stiller,  Donna Talman,  Robert Kauffman, Joanie Ciardelli, Nanri Tenney, Tom Patterson, Lisa Tener, Kim McCoy, Gene Bellinger, Wendy Driscoll, Chip Wood, Gioia Persuitte, and several anonymous donors who sent checks to me, to co-create a plan of action to facilitate America’s Soul Purpose at home and in the world, in a respectful, caring way by building relationships through America’s Soul Café.

 Ø  Peacebuilders $30-$98 receive an e-book of My Soul's Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11 in early February.

 Ø  Peacekeepers $99-$598 will receive one-hour consultation and my e-book.

 Ø  Peacemakers $599-$999 will receive a hardcover, e-book and a 2.5 hour consultation.

 Ø  Reconcilers $1,000-$2999 will receive a hardcover, e-book and 6 hours of consultation.

 Ø  Culture of Peace Diplomats $3,000-$4999 will receive a hardcover, ebook and 9 hours of consultation.

 Ø  Global Citizens at $5,000 or higher will receive a hardcover and an ebook and 12 hours of consultation.

My book is My Soul Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11. Contributions through the services of VirginiaSwain.com are  donated to the Center for Global Community and World Law at l/3 our regular fee $50/hour.

 For people who are ready to co-create a solution and who are open to a new definition of politics where people of all views facilitate peaceful change in America, in which we can coexist in sacred space, I am eager to share what I have learned from the Phoenix,  America's Soul, as it came to me in a dream while in New York City on 9/11 during the World Trade Center attacks. It's all in my new book.

 I assure you this is a joyous process!

 Here's my plan of action:   

1.  Invite others to join America's Soul Cafe and help every person know they have a role in America's destiny. We, the people of this country, all have a life mission and purpose.  You are desperately needed to step up to the patchwork quilt of America's soul, the Phoenix. Every patch and mission is important to the destiny of the USA
The Cafe is built on the world café model where people will join me on the Internet with their wisdom and experience to reflect and envision solutions to heal America's soul, using the imaging process in a Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will (the will of the people).

2.     A Soul Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/1  is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble . The Phoenix is a transformative and regenerative bird, the Soul of America. The Phoenix shown through a dream experience gave me a new lens to look back at 9/11, encouraging me to heal and address the soul need of the US that the Phoenix has taught me.  Read advance endorsements  and the Foreword by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury.

3.     Continue my 25 years of experience developing and training Reconciliation Leaders in the United Nations to now focus on training Reconciliation Leaders in the USA who redefine leadership for themselves based on their mission and purpose.  To learn more about Reconciliation Leaders , read what these leaders say about the impact of the program on their lives.

 Continue my scholarship offer to train Reconciliation Leaders until March 30, 2017. 

 4.Celebration has been an important way to bring people together. Listen to my reflections on my 1992 United Nations Master's Thesis project, Celebration of the Children of the World: A Model for Building Global Community.

Here are two papers authored by Dr. Sarah Sayeed and myself:

A Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a Post–September 11th World” Presentation at the Human Dignity and Humiliations Studies Conference, Columbia University, Virginia Swain and Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2006

“Reconciliation as Policy: A Capacity–Building Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development,”   Presentation at the Human Dignity and Humiliations Studies Conference, Columbia University, Virginia Swain and Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2005.

Celebrating and creating solutions through expressive art is an important part of the work to restore faith in humanity,

5.  Continue to present the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will (the will of the people) interventions under the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service, as I did at the National Coalition of Deliberation and Dialogue Conference in October.

 6.  Create a coalition of coalitions for the Spiritual Renaissance for America.  I am now part of Parker Palmer's Courage and Renewal Network. I led a study group last year of his book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Democracy Worthy of the Human Spirit, and recently joined the Academy for Leaders. I am attending the Invitational retreat with Parker Palmer March 31-April 2, 2017.

 Groups to be invited include individuals in the following groups with whom I am affiliated: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Center for Global Community and World Law,  Institute for Global Leadership, National Coalition of Deliberation and Dialogue, World Cafe Community Network, Spiritual Directors International, American Counseling Association, Psychology Today Therapists,  Worcester World Affairs Council, World Federalist Association-Institute for Global Policy, International Torch Club,  and others you may invite when you join us.

 I invite you to join me in any of the categories above. You can send a check (paypal see below) make it out to the Center for Global Community and World Law at 32 Hill Top Circle, Worcester, MA 01609.   Your donations are tax exempt. A receipt will be emailed. 

Sincerely, 

Virginia

Virginia Swain
Principal, VirginiaSwain.com
Founder, Institute for Global Leadership
Co-Founder and Director, Center for Global Community and World Law
32 Hill Top Circle
Worcester, MA 01609
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The next monthly America's Soul Cafes are on Saturday, March 4th, April 8, May 6 and June 10, from 11AM-1PM Eastern US time. To determine your time zone, please use http://www.worldtimezone.com .

The Cafe is built on sacred space and is an online free community building environment called the world cafe. It is also based on a new definition of politics and politician I defined and wrote in my master's thesis from Lesley University in 1993.

America's Soul Cafe and the World Café embodies discovery tools that helps a large group understand a set of issues at their own pace. It ' s great for helping people reach a state of common understanding and alignment.

Non-participating observers are always welcome! Please RSVP to virginiawoodswain@gmail.com by the day before. Although latecomers are welcome, please register a day prior to the event!

Drawing on our longtime commitment to Culture of Peace and Global Movement for a Culture of Peace at the United Nations, we commit to building an American Culture of Peace through the America's Soul Cafe and the Spiritual Renaissance.
Image from February 4, 2017 Cafe
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Lisa Stiller was at our inaugural Cafe on January 14th. She wrote us:

"This was an amazing experience! I felt so connected to everyone so quickly! There was a very deep level of safety and trust built in at the start. The questions and discussion were open enough to allow for wide interpretation, and there was such genuine affirmation for our contributions.Also the teaching component and resources provided were extremely helpful... Thank you to all of you. Looking forward to the next one!!

The monthly America's Soul Cafe is next on Saturday, February 4th from 11AM-1PM Eastern US time. New participants are asked to come to an orientation at 10:45. To determine your time zone, http://www.worldtimezone.com.

The cafe is an online free community building space. Non-participating observers are always welcome!

RSVP to virginiawoodswain@gmail.com by Friday, February 3. Future Saturday dates include March 4, April 1, May 6, June 10 from 11:00-1:00 ET.

Register by the day before please although latecomers are welcome!

America's Soul Cafes are co-hosted by volunteers Gene Bellinger, Robert Kauffman, Mary Waggoner-Moritz and myself to bring together people around the world. Mary and I were trained at the Fielding Graduate Institute in Fundamentals of World Cafe and are on the ongoing monthly hosting team for the Worldcafecommunity.

A natural and effective way to host meaningful conversations that awaken collective wisdom and engage collaborative action, the world cafe and America's Soul cafe are effective antidotes to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today's world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life.
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If you were wondering if there is an academic and artistic base to this work, please read these two papers presented at the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network at Columbia University as well as see a show presented at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery in May 2016 (see the body of this work for the links)

“A Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a Post–September 11th World” Presentation at the Human Dignity and Humiliations Studies Conference, Columbia University, Virginia Swain and Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2006

“Reconciliation as Policy: A Capacity–Building Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development,” Presentation at the Human Dignity and Humiliations Studies Conference, Columbia University, Virginia Swain and Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2005.

Celebrating and imagine through expressive art is an important part of the work to restore faith in humanity,


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You are invited to a series of online community-building environments, called America's Soul Cafe, and will be asked to invite others to join in this caring healing environment. Suggested donation $25

All donors are invited to our first online America's Soul Cafes scheduled for Saturday, January 14 and February 4. 2017on zoom from 11:00-1:00 ET, 9:00-11:00 CT, 8:00 am-10:00 PST. People around the globe are welcome to support us. RSVP to Virginia Swain 508-245-6843

Join Marty Espinola, Anne Burling, Donna Talman, Robert Kauffman, Anne Burling, Joni Carley, Joanie Ciardelli, Nanri Tenney, Tom Patterson, Lisa Tener, Kim McCoy, Gene Bellinger, Wendy Driscoll, Chip Wood, Gioia Persuitte, and several anonymous donors who sent checks to me (not recorded in total), all early donors, to co-create a plan of action to facilitate America’s soul purpose at home and in the world, in a respectful, caring way.
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$1,500 of $32.5k goal

Raised by 19 people in 4 months
Created October 6, 2016
EE
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Eileen Epperson
10 days ago
JF
$15
Jamshid Faryar
18 days ago
$300
Anonymous
18 days ago (Offline Donation)
$150
Anonymous
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EH
$50
Elva Castaneda de Hall
18 days ago

Onwards!

EP
$25
Elizabeth Poynton
1 month ago

So pleased you are doing this!!!

RK
$50
Robert Kauffman
1 month ago

I've been very active for many years in forming community, both intentionally and in participating in settings such as the UN. After taking time to generate funds for my old age, I'm in the process of reaching out for a reengagement. I look forward to many more years of service to the world.

AB
$200
Anne Burling
1 month ago

Good luck with this exciting new project!!

$25
Joni Carley
1 month ago

I look forward to being in dialog about soulful civics .

JC
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