Archive for November, 2009

This is late notice but …   Alexis Bilindabagabo, Anglican Bishop of Gahini, Rwanda,will be speaking TONIGHT at 7 PM at the State Museum.  He will speak about the process of reconciliation and building peace in the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda.  Here is the information about the lecture: 

Lecture: “Genocide and Reconciliation in Rwanda: A Survivor’s Perspective of Hope”
November 18

Date: November 18


Bishop Alexis Bilindabagabo survived the Rwanda genocide in 1994 that killed almost a million people.  Since that time he has become a recognized spokesman and author on the reconciliation process in Rwanda.  As part of his rebuilding efforts, Bishop Bilindabagabo has founded a foster care agency for genocide orphans and has been instrumental in rebuilding schools, hospitals and churches.

7 p.m., Auditorium, free.  (The museum is located at 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC  and the auditorium is on the second floor.)   


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Conflict occurs in all areas of life.  Have you ever thought about seeking additional training to deal with difficult (or even ordinary) conflict?  If so, register now for an opportunity to be trained in basic mediation! 

The Community Mediation Center, located at 4801 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC  29203, is offering a 24 hour course “Basic Training Mediation“,  from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM on January 26th – 28th of 2010 (you must attend all sessions).  The 24 hour training will prepare anyone — including parents, educators, business and human resource professionals — to begin mediating conflicts. 

An additional bit of great news is that the $150 registration fee will be waived for participants who are being sponsored through community organizations, including churches.  All that’s required for this discount is that the individual receiving church sponsorship must agree to act as a mediator in the future for members of their neighborhood or community as part of the Community Mediation Center’s Community Mediator Initiative. 

Questions should be directed to Timothy or Dorothy at the Community Mediation Center, phone 803-714-1176. 

If you’re interested in attending this training, the time is now to block out the days on your calendar and to ask your church to sponsor you! 


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