Loving Your Enemy at Greenbelt

by Facilitator on March 15, 2010

We’re excited about participating in the Greenbelt Arts Festival in Cheltenham, England in August of this year.  We hope to present three workshops on the theme “Loving Your Enemy,” see the descriptions below.  Mark Yaconelli will also present ideas from Triptykos in three talks on the main stage. 

Loving Your Enemy Part 1: The Nature of Love and Hatred
Ghandi once said the the genius of the Christian faith is Jesus’ teaching that it is possible to love your enemy.  We all have enemies.  We all yearn for our own healing, wholeness, and personal power before those we call “enemy” and for ways to be in relationship with them that do not sacrifice our own wellbeing and integrity.  This workshop will explore the physiology, psychology, and theology of loving enemies as a spiritual path for personal healing and authentic compassionate action. 
Loving Your Enemy Part 2: The Enemy Within
Through lecture, drama, discussion and spiritual exercise we will explore our internal responses to those who frighten, shame, and anger us.  Instead of forcing feigned civility for our enemies, we will engage in a process that nurtures authentic feelings of compassion toward our enemies by trusting that our fear, anger, and hatred are openings on a path of healing, as well as the places where God is most available.
Loving Your Enemy Part 3: Engaged Compassion 
In this workshop we use drama, spiritual exercises, lecture, and discussion to explore the nature of authentic reconcilliation and compassionate action. How do we reconcile with our enemies without sacrificing our own personal power, integrity, and wellbeing?  How do we go beyond “warm feelings” to engaging in real and effective action?  How can we follow Jesus in becoming compassionate agents of love in the world? 

Listen to Mark from his 2007  Greenbelt presentation entitled “Failure, Frustration, and Loss:”

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