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Workshop on Alternatives to Military Service Planned - assistance needed


Please post what you know as a comment to this annoucement and help Richmond Friends Meeting and the Richmond Peace Education Center organize its two day workshop on alternatives to military service for young people. The workshops will counter military recruiters' efforts to fill their quotas, especially through local high schools.

The final planning meeting for this event will be at Richmond Friends Meeting's regular Social Concerns meeting on Tuesday January 10th. Information shared on this site between then and now will be helpful.

To learn how you can volunteer, please contact us.
The program will be held at the Friends Meeting, 4500 Kensington Ave. on Friday, January 27th from 7-9 p.m. and continue Saturday, January 28th from 9:30 a.m. to -12:30 p.m. At the evening presentation on Friday the 27th participants will learn about different programs being carried out on counter recruitment and alternatives to the military. The Friday evening session will offer an opportunity to design a plan of action for the Richmond community.

The Saturday session will help participants refine their skills for engaging with people with differing views through interactive, participatory exercises.. The workshop, Fostering Constructive Conversations, is based on the premise that “You cannot teach a man [woman] anything. You can only help them find it for himself.� (Galileo.)

Presenters Scilla and Paul Wahrhaftig of the American Friends Service Committee, Pittsburgh are both trained in mediation, dialogue and listening. This training is already being used extensively in the work on Alternatives to Military Service in Pittsburgh.

Families and high school age youth are encouraged to participate in this special event in the Friends’ Peace Lecture series.

For more information, contact:
Emily Kimball etkimball(at)aol.com
or the Richmond Peace Education Center at 232-1002, rpec.1 (at) juno.com

Presenters biographies:


Scilla Wahrhaftig has a long history of Quaker activism, in England, Zimbabwe and the US. In November 2001 she spent nine months as staff for the Quaker United Nations Office in New York working on the issues arising from 9/11. Scilla also served on the Peace Issues Working Group of Friends World Committee for Consultation that put on a major peace conference in Guilford, North Carolina in January 2003, “Friends Peace Witness in a Time of Crises�. She is also on the planning committee for the Quaker conference on Torture to be held in Guilford in June 2006.

She is presently working as staff person for the American Friends Service Committee Pennsylvania Office. The focus of the work is peace building through dialogue and listening. She has been trained in conflict resolution, mediation and dialogue. Together with her husband Paul has developed a training, Fostering Constructive Conversations, for refining skills for communicating with people with differing views from your own.


Paul Wahrhaftig has been active in organized conflict resolution since its modern beginnings in the early 1970s, both as a practi-tioner and organizer/networker. Beginning in 1972 he helped popularize the new concept of community dispute resolution programs. He has served on many task forces and planning groups that have helped chart the field.

As President of the Conflict Resolution Center International, (1981-2003) Paul actively chronicled and highlighted the major issues and developments in conflict resolution around the globe in the publication he edited, Conflict Resolution Notes. He co-authored The MOVE Crisis in Philadelphia: Extremist Groups and Conflict Resolution, which has become a standard text. His most recent book is Community Dispute Resolution, Empowerment and Social Justice.

Paul is an active practitioner with over two decades of experience in the practice of mediation, handling family, workplace, community and multiparty conflicts. He has conducted trainings on three continents and has taught conflict resolution at Carnegie Mellon University. He drew on his roots in conflict resolution to design, along with his wife Scilla Wahrhaftig, Fostering Public Conversations training. FCC helps people turn potential conflict situations into constructive dialogue.

In 1999 he was honored with the Margaret Herrman Award by the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution for his lifetime contributions to the conflict resolution field.