A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Monday, April 16, 2012

Learning Peace in Castellon de la Plana

Cándido was my first host in Castellon. As a post-graduate student of Peace Studies, he had volumes of textbooks for me to browse through. I didn't have to explain Quakerism to Cándido; he is well aware of the work Quakers and Mennonites have done in the area of peacebuilding.

Joulia, from Greece, is working on her PhD in Peace Studies. Here she signs on of the petitions.
My second host, Karina, from Mexico. She's making her first vegetable garden after reading a book on gardening.

Karina and her friend, Silvia, signing the petitions.

Two of the three dogs Karina and Silvia have. They also have two cats. All of their animals are rescue animals.

Arely, also from Mexico, signs a petition. She is also a student of Peace Studies. She gave me good advice on editing the petitions.

My final host in Castello, Sascha, originally from Germany. This EFL teacher was also interested in peacebuilding, as well as literature, spirituality, or anything else you wanted to talk about. He gave me a hammock, and loaded me up with food for the road.

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