of Integral Studies
Response to National Tragedy
Dialogue for Peace
Charlene Spretnak: Commentary from
San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed Section
SEN Offers Free Support
CIIS Community Gathers for Reflection
Our nation stands poised to chart
the course of history for generationsto break the cycle of violence that
devastated us on September 11, or to continue it. "Retaliation" is in the air,
yet we have a moment to consider changing the worn and disastrous response to
aggression that has marked world history. Those responsible for this tragedy must
be brought to justice, but if that is all we seek and achieve, this horrific loss
of life will be for naught. Unless we as a nation, recognizing ourselves as a
member of the global community, respond with an understanding of our interconnectedness,
this kind of violence will be repeated as it has been over and over. This is our
moment, a great test for our country. What matters is peace, social justice, and
a new consciousness for our participation in the world community. We are horrified
and saddened by this unbearable, violent loss of life. Let us move to be proud
of how we react, and the legacy we leave for our children.
Joseph L. Subbiondo
President, California Institute of Integral Studies
The first Dialogue for Peace
took place on Friday, October 12, 2001 at CIIS. It was conceived as a call to
reflection and action in response to the events of September 11, with a panel
of diverse scholars and community and religious leaders engaging the issue of
how our response as Americans and concerned stakeholders can lead the way to difficult
conversations toward justice and peace. Please visit the
Dialogue for Peace web page for more information.
Emergence Network (SEN at CIIS) Offers
Free Support for CIIS Students, Faculty, and Staff
In this time of national tragedy
and personal grieving, SEN is offering
members of the CIIS community ways to share experiences and work through the feelings
and confusion that so often accompany difficult times. For the next few weeks
SEN will offer peer counseling, consultation and referrals to Bay Area professionals
for those wanting support. If needed we will also help organize "Circles
of Sharing" for the CIIS community.
You may reach SEN at 415.648.2610.
If you get our voicemail, leave your name, number, the best times to reach you
and your reason for calling. If you would prefer to share your experience or needs
via email, visit our website at www.senatciis.org.
or email email@example.com.
The Spiritual Emergence Network is
located at the CIIS Integral Counseling Center at 1728 Church Street at 30th Street.
It is on the J-Church Muni line. Please call if you want an appointment, since
we are not set up for walk-ins.
Alan Kubler, Clinical Director
Karen Trueheart, Director
Consider volunteering as a peer counselor
to help others heal from this tragedy. If you are a student in the School of Professional
Psychology, have taken East-West Spiritual Counseling classes and/ or have counseling
experience, please consider volunteering as a peer counselor for fellow students.
If you are interested in details, call Chris Dirks at the Spiritual Emergence
Network 415.648.2610 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Gathers for Reflection
On September 13 the CIIS community
gathered in Namaste Hall to share reflections on our national tragedy. Sitting
in an informal grouping, with a simple center of cut flowers and two lit candles,
faculty, staff, and students spoke from the heart, sang, and shared silence to
honor the nearly unutterable feelings this event has brought forth. Through it
all, the call to action was to work for peace; the concern was to find ways to
live our lives as part of the world community; and the need was to reach out in
every way possible to include all, to work for change, and to support one another.
In a time when the loudest voices are crying for retribution, the CIIS community
is just as impassioned in its call for ending the cycle of violence with new understanding
and action. The need to gather as a community continues, and upcoming "reflection"
dates will be posted. Public events are planned as well, including a Dialogue
for Peace on October 12.