An extraordinary day today. The final plenary and workshop this morning and tonight a mass storytelling extravaganza and epic telling. For the first time ever anywhere, we tried a group of 200 plus into groups of ten. The leader had them create a circle of ten chairs each and made a competition out of who would get their circle together first which was great fun. And everyone in each of the circles told a story. It was an ecstatic experience, like Pentecost. People standing and telling to their groups. The groups applauding for each storyteller. People celebrating all over the room. It was beautiful to watch and hear.
Then we had an epic telling of 28 stories from Mark. Primarily Cambodians, and six Americans. It was particularly powerful for me to hear these stories told by this global community. I was aware as an American of what American intervention and bombing back in the 70’s precipitated in Cambodia. What our team did felt like a real gift and they were joyously grateful. At the end Tom Rand, as leader of our team was presented with the gift of a beautiful wall hanging. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this possible.