After dumping his sleeping bag on the floor of a dorm room where he would be staying for the weekend, Eric toured the socially conscious campus of Brandeis, and met with the 300 plus attendees of the Student Peace Alliance conference from all over the world.
The conference, organized by a freshman student, included videos by Dennis Kucinich, who wrote the Department of Peace bill HR808, and speeches by zealous peace activists. Panels were facilitated by Peace Corps-type workers, a rap music producer who disliked the violent language of rap, and a filmmaker who gave cameras to Baghdad citizens.
Before attending this conference, Rev. Estling had looked at college degrees as a piece of paper to use to make money, and as a dually enrolled high school student at Santa Fe Community College, was pursuing a music degree. After his experience in Boston, Eric wants to expand his intellectual horizons and is looking into peace studies at several universities. He said, “if I get something that warms my heart, the work will follow.” If you would like info about the Student Peace Alliance, or want to ask Eric a question, email him at samedifferenceEE@gmail.com.
Diane Childs is Editor of Natural Awakenings
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This article first appeared in the newsletter of the Alliance of Divine Love and is reprinted with the author's permission.
Eric's photo is used with permission of Willene Johnson, photographer.
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