Participant Stories

 

What Agape-Satyagraha means to me

Sasha Simpson

I was introduced to the Agape-Satyagraha program as a child coming to Kids Church.  I was interested in the topic of nonviolence and how to de-escalate conflict.  While in the program, I learned how to mediate and negotiate and the difference between them.   The most appreciated gift that was given to me was the knowledge of nonviolent acts that Martin Luther King and Gandhi used to change laws for people's rights.  What I took back to my everyday life is knowing that you don't need to fight violence with violence.  Also that conflict can be avoided on a day to day basis by using the steps learned in this program.  Agape-Satyagraha has been very useful to me as I make my way through high school.  I believe that it will continue to help me throughout life.

Additional Stories

Tony (not his real name), who has been participating in Agape-Satyagraha Training, reflected at one meeting, "I didn't get in a fight today.  A guy got in front of me in the lunch line.  I was ready to push him out of the way, when I remembered how we had talked about cooling off first.  So I counted backwards for a while. Then I said to myself, 'This isn't worth getting into a fight about and then getting suspended.  I'll just let it go this time.'"

Todd, a graduate of Agape-Satyagraha, led a mediation among his friends at the mall.  His friends had decided to pool their money to buy a newly released video game which none of them could afford on their own.  When they got to the store, they could not agree on which game to get.  Some wanted the new action game. Others wanted a new adventure game with great graphics.  They became frustrated with each other and couldn't agree on which new game to buy.  Todd asked them to come out into the mall and have a seat.  He asked them what they really needed.  Then he led them through a mediation process.  They brainstormed possible solutions and finally agreed to pool their money to get an older game that they all had wanted for a long time but could not afford to buy.  This solution pleased everyone involved.