Karuna Connectors

This drop-in group meets every other month (on Zoom) to learn about & support transformative, nonviolent solutions to conflict in communities worldwide. This is a participatory meeting, without obligation, but with opportunities to enage in outreach to support our peacebuilding projects.

Click to register for Tues. Jan. 18 (4pm EST)

Jan. 30: Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

This program is led by Friends Peace Teams: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. This 2-hour workshop (over zoom), from 3-5pm ET on 1/30/22, is convened with a focus on faith communities in Western Massachusetts.

What would right relationship among Native and non-Native peoples of North America look like? How can we begin to take steps in that direction in our communities, places of worship, schools, and other institutions?

This workshop session is sponsored by Interfaith Opportunities Network, Interfaith Council of Franklin County, and Karuna Center. A donation is requested to register.

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Discussion Series


This series has concluded, but recordings are available.

What can we learn from peace workers around the world who are using dialogue, mediation, and other community-based approaches to heal divides and interrupt cycles of violence? Drawing on Karuna Center’s partnerships in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Nigeria, as well as promising efforts in the US, this discussion series will highlight creative, innovative, and successful responses to conflict that are building community and supporting lasting peace.

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Lecture, Workshop, & Dialogue Series


An Understanding of Past and Present in the Kwinitekw Valley’s Indigenous Communities

The public events of this series have concluded, and participants are now engaged in working groups to explore these topics more deeply.

2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing in Wampanoag territory in 1620. We, and white people in particular, have yet to reckon with the centuries of violence and conflicts over land, resources, and values that began with the arrival of Europeans. The way this history is most often told—by settlers’ descendants—excludes the voices of Indigenous peoples, downplays the systematic violence and attempted erasure that Indigenous communities have survived, and raises many questions about who gets to shape our understanding of history and why. The continued erasure of Indigenous stories and perspectives, in history and the present, calls into question whether colonialism is really “history” at all—or a system and set of policies that still actively shape our communities today. 

Through events facilitated by Indigenous people and non-Indigenous allies, this series considered who the narrators of Indigenous history are, and make space for a strengths-based retelling, and analyze the meaning and matter of relationship-building, reconciliation, land caretaking, memory, and inclusive curricula that explore Indigenous histories, cultures, and lived experiences.

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