Rabbi Amy Eilberg was the first woman to be ordained by the Conservative Movement of Judaism. She spent the early part of her rabbinate in end of life care and grief counseling but now her focus is on peace and reconciliation work. Amy spends much of her time on interfaith dialogue and is energized by those conversations that hold the possibility of conflict but also hold out the promise of new understanding, and of peace. For her, peace does not come from avoiding the difficult issues, but by facing them, and having honest, respectful dialogue about our differences.
We interviewed members of the IGVP community in order to create conversation among the very people that are spearheading visual peacemaking through their photography. As this new series of posts will reflect the vision of each photographer, our hope is that the responses to these questions will help members of the community know each other better.
Eric Gibson is a Buddhist teacher. He travels the globe teaching in different countries and different cultures. He talks about how Buddhist teachings have helped him understand that we are all connected. In his interview, he talks about an old proverb that has become one of my favorite quotes... “If you think about your own happiness, then you always have problems, but if you think about the happiness of others, there is always interesting work to do."
Guild member, Ami Vitale, will be hosting several unique and exciting opportunities to grow as a visual storyteller. Explore the ancient, exotic, culture of Sri Lanka or traverse the stunning landscape of Montana, all the while working under the mentorship of an acclaimed photojournalist.
Hudlin Wagner says that her perceptions of peace are a result of her tri-cultural background…her black, Native American and West Indian heritage. She defines peace, initially as a physical feeling…a lightness of being, which includes a spiritual connection with the world and its order. As young girl, Hudlin’s parents decided that she would integrate the local Catholic school, and none of the children would sit near her because they were afraid that if she touched them, they would turn black. When she asked her parents to send her to a different school, they told her, “This is your journey to be introduced to each individual human being…so you don’t recreate the stereotypes of every race.”
We would like to introduce the IGVP community to Krishna Gurung, a visual peacemaker who currently works in Nepal, promoting community development through ecological practices. Read about how personal tragedy inspired Krishna to empower and equip communities for holistic environmental engagement in a country where esteem for the environment is low.