Monday March 7, 12PM SL/PST Metanomics: Veteran-Civilian Dialogues

Who’s Listening? Spirituality in the Age of the Machine

Please join us to watch the show at Rockcliffe University, a Metanomics Event Partner where it will be streamed live from the Studio. or watch it in direct on the Metanomics’ website

Doug Thompson (Dusan Writer) guest hosts the Metanomics program at 12pm PST. His guests will be Larry Winters, Scott Thompson and Rev. Robert Chase of Intersections International.

This program, which shares news of Dialogue sessions which took place in Second Life has been planned for weeks, but it may be best represented by the New York Times reporter who sat in on a recent NYC session and described it in the February 8th New York Edition:

“Dozens of strangers formed a circle around Scott Schumacher, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who sat in the center of the room and began to speak matter-of-factly about the most painful experiences of his life. He mentioned a memorial that he had just seen outside, listing the names of friends who were killed in Afghanistan. “Hell, my name should be up there,” he said brusquely to the group, “because I didn’t come home.”

“The setting was a workshop exploring war and its psychological aftermath, held on Friday evening at the headquarters of Intersections International, a social justice nonprofit group, on Fifth Avenue in Midtown. The three-hour session was intended to strengthen relationships between members of the armed services who have returned home and civilians.

“The project was developed by two men, both psychotherapists: Lawrence J. Winters, a Vietnam veteran and an author; and Scott Thompson, a staff member at Intersections International and a former Army chaplain. The dialogue on Friday was the 20th in a series that began two and a half years ago: there have been similar events in Seattle, Indianapolis and on the Internet, via the virtual world Second Life. They are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. In the coming months, Mr. Winters and Mr. Thompson said, they hope to find partners who can use the model in other communities.

“The goal,” Mr. Winters said, “is to create a space for a story to be told, to try to counter isolation.””

The Intersection of Civilian’s Pain and Veteran’s Silence | Intersections International

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