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by Melinda Morris Perrin

This book contains the thirteen tenets of the Peacemaker's message combined with thirteen Pilgrimage Messages arranged in the order of the Cycles of Truth along with instructions for setting up a study circle.

The Peacemaker is an eleventh-twelfth century historical figure who ended constant warfare between the nations of the Haudenosaunee and united them into a confederacy of nations, commonly called the Iroquois Confederacy. Under the guidance of this spiritual leader they buried implements of war under the roots of the White Pine, the tree of peace. His words contain wisdom much needed in today's world.

Second Tenet of the Peacemaker's Message:

"Co-create a way to live that envisions a form of rational justice for all with programs for healthy growth to make whole everyone's body, heart, mind, and spirit.

Corresponding Pilgrimage Message:

"HONOR - Respect all you encounter with your body, heart, mind, and spirit. Your focus and presence allows an exchange of energy that enlarges exponentially benefiting all. Do not dismiss what you do not understand or can't fully comprehend.

A Peacemaker Talking Circle of five men and eight women completed the material on May 14, 2018. They started their study together in January 2017, a time of rapid change in the United States and the world. The people in the circle included conservatives, an Iranian immigrant, those who had spent a lifetime working for peace and social justice, college professors and adults wanting to learn about the Peacemaker---all seeking a better understanding of a new (ancient) model toward peace in a time of extreme division and conflict. Early sessions were sometimes hard as feelings were raw after a contentious election. The results exceeded expectations. Ending the circle was hard. There are already six new people signed up for a new circle and another congregation is considering offering it.

Comments:

"Coming here each month was like a day at a spa." --Barbara Chepaitis

"Let's plan a reunion." --Evelyn

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