In the 1990s, our world was in a period of turmoil, especially with genocide in Rwanda and the dismemberment of Yugoslavia. My husband Jim and I had just come home from a year of self-created sabbatical in Asia and I was ready for a new phase of life. Being on the board of directors of several national and international peace and justice organizations, I observed others doing nonviolence and community-building trainings. The resonance was strong; it was clear that this work meshed with my skills and was my next calling.
I had no idea whether or not Karuna Center would survive. Occasionally, I did not know if I would survive either! But fortunately it and I did survive and thrive, and with others we built up a viable organization doing very creative peacebuilding work that we can all be proud of. Karuna Center has a future as well as a past, now in its second generation of leadership and poised to continue serving at home and abroad where invited to partner in building sustainable, caring, and just communities. All of your support and engagement in these two decades has kept us going, for which I am immensely grateful.