Trinity Students Attend Nonviolence Symposium

Recently, Trinity juniors Josh Domzalski, Jack Ferree, Chris Forehand, Dylan McGrath, Owen Neumayer, Blake Ruffin, John Vanetti, Ryan Wiseman and Vince Wolfram attended a Nonviolence Symposium with Trinity Campus Minister Chris Luken. The Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion hosted the Louisville Engaging Nonviolence Symposium: Empowered Young Leaders. About 75 students from various local high schools attended the event led by former Trinity faculty member Cory Lockhart.  Students learned about a nonviolence lifestyle, talked with one another sharing stories and worked on ways to live out nonviolence in their lives and their schools.

The Nonviolence Seminar really opened my eyes to new ways to prevent violence and how to help someone whose daily life is filled with it.  Committing to nonviolence is a lifestyle. The people who dedicate their time and effort to diminish violence spend years preparing through experience, travel, and study. We witnessed many examples of people living this nonviolent lifestyle with effective presentations and videos. Students from local high schools shared stories of their own personal experience with violence and how it affected their lives.  Nonviolence can become a growing cycle if we all commit to increasing awareness for it. Through the variety of activities we did at the Seminar, we learned that once one person has the courage to try and promote nonviolence, other people will join. It is a ripple effect. Once a large group of people is formed, all in favor of nonviolence, they gain a lot of power and can freely express their opinions. With time and new members, nonviolence awareness in our community will grow substantially.  I learned that, historically, violence is very much interpreted incorrectly. Historically, we have seen violence and courage as the make-up of a hero, although that is not the case at all. Violence is an action that can mentally destroy, diminish, and disable a person physically and mentally.

Vince Wolfram ’21

I learned a great deal of views on concepts from people with different backgrounds. I now have ways to diffuse an aggressive person. The most surprising thing to me was that nonviolent protests work better than violent protests in history. I have also learned how to be a better listener and how to show empathy towards others.           

Ryan Wiseman ’21

This experience opened by eyes to other student’s views on nonviolence and its place in the world today; I am glad to have met these people so diverse from me, and I am glad to hear their unique experiences.

Owen Neumayer ’21

I’m really glad I came. I got to hear stories and struggles that people my age are facing. I also learned that just because something seems alright doesn’t mean it is alright.

Chris Forehand ’21

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