Curious what our Learning Labs are all about?
The following is a taste of the Learning Lab experience with The Global Immersion Project. Here, you’ll get an idea of the kind of content we cover as well as a feel for what our on-the-ground interactions with international peacemakers are like. Our hope is that, through this “taster,” you’ll get an up-close and personal look at our transformational path toward becoming an everyday peacemaker.
TGIP’s mission is to cultivate everyday peacemakers through immersion in global conflict. We believe that global conflict is the best classroom to be trained in peacemaking and the most dynamic instructors are the everyday peacemakers embedded within.
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1. The Understanding Phase
The Understanding Phase is a 2-month guided study that will equip you to enter into the conflict (our current classroom of conflict is Israel/Palestine) more compassionately and into relationships more intelligently. Here are a few of the resources we engage with during The Understanding Phase:
VIDEO: “Blood Relations” tells the story of two families (one Israeli, one Palestinian) that lost loved ones in the conflict and their unthinkable response which offers us the hope that reconciliation is possible. “Could you hurt someone who has your blood running through their veins?”
VIDEO: Brian McLaren’s teaching (13 minutes) called “Toward the Other,” which begins to unpack the implications of our view of “The Other” both theologically and socially.
INTERACTIVE TIMELINE of the Israel/Palestine Conflict.
2. The Exposure Phase
The Exposure Phase is a 2-week immersion experience into an international or domestic conflict and into the lives of those embedded within. Going far off the beaten path of tourism, we pull into driveways rather than parking lots and sit around shared tables rather than conference rooms. We enter conflict – and the living narratives within – and offer access to seemingly inaccessbile people and places in the posture of humility as learners. It is there that we are exposed people like Shaul, an Israeli Jewish everyday peacemaker living in a settlement.
VIDEO: Shaul’s Story
VIDEO: A video offering collage of images and insights about our time immersing in the Israel-Palestine Conflict.
3. The Integration Phase
The Integration Phase begins upon our return to familiar soil and is where we become resourced to live fully integrated lives of peacemaking in our everyday. Throughout our learning, we quickly realize that being a peacemaker isn’t something soft and euphoric, but something subversive and gritty. Being a peacemaker actually looks like something and that something often isn’t easy. It is seeking reconciliation among our families and friends. It is diving deep into the realities of our neighborhood that we typically ignore. It is choosing the sacrificial Way of the Cross rather than the way of selfish consumption, relational exploitation and social disintegration.
VIDEO: Hear from past TGIP participants as they reflect on their learnings and the ways they are beginning to integrate those practices into their neighborhoods, city and world.
ARTICLE: Living as peacemakers in our neighborhoods and cities means we share tables with people that are different than us. It doesn’t compromise our faith, it reflects the very best of it. A reflection on what our learnings look like back at home in our relationships between Christians and Muslims.
Some thoughts from past Learning Lab participants…
“Having learned first hand from peacemakers embedded in conflict, TGIP gave us tools that have allowed us to better navigate conflict and division in our neighborhood and in our relationship with one another. We came home with tools for peace and reconciliation that have not only transformed our friendships, but our marriage.”
—Todd and Jenna Rubie (San Diego)
“TGIP brought me face to face with the beauty and tension of story: I was forced to move toward & listen to people in a loving, peaceful way. As a result, I have been equipped to coach couples who find themselves in conflict to listen to, understand, and walk toward reconciliation with one another.”
–Derek Rice (Pastor & Worship Leader)
“The TGIP experience taught me how to accept my own contributions to the conflicts that arise within my workplace and, as a leader, to take the initiative in reconciliation. TGIP has resourced me to navigate conflict within my organization, my family, and my neighborhood in a transformational way.”
–John Hamilton (Director, Camp Alta)
“I went into a place of extreme everyday conflict with a heavy heart, but was struck by the hope there is on both sides. My perception of the truth was shattered in a beautiful way, inspiring me to live out similar peacemaking practices in my own life.”
–Mikaela McGee (MA, International Development)
“My heart got so deeply touched, healed, and empowered on my trip to Israel-Palestine that I am having to get use to my new thoughts and new self. Feeling so grateful for The Global Immersion Project. You guys are kingdom class.”
–Sandra Erst (East Bay)
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“This (TGIP) is a bold and courageous vision and one that could have great impact on the life of God’s people in the world! I commend it in hope!” – Mark Labberton, President Elect, Fuller Theological Seminary
“You should know about The Global Immersion Project – They train people for the gritty, subversive, everyday work of peacemaking.” – Brian McLaren, Author and Leading American Thinker