Center for Interfaith Cooperation

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What you might have missed not sitting in Ruth Ellen’s backseat

Sunday April 28 the Education Subcommittee of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation presented an event, “Cultivating a Lifestyle of Nonviolence.” Many who attended called it one of the best CIC events ever: funny and insightful, engaging and interactive. The event started by posing some questions about “lifestyle.”

  • What is in a Lifestyle?
    Lifestyle is expressed in both work and leisure behavior patterns and (on an individual basis) in activities, attitudes, interests, opinions, values, and allocation of income. It also reflects people’s self image or self concept; the way they see themselves and believe they are seen by the others.
  • What do you mean by Lifestyle?
    A lifestyle typically reflects an individual’s attitudes, way of life, values, or world view. Therefore, a lifestyle is a means of forging a sense of self and to create cultural symbols that resonate with personal identity. Not all aspects of a lifestyle are voluntary.
  • What is a Lifestyle Brand?
    A lifestyle brand is a company that markets its products or services to embody the interests, attitudes, and opinions of a group or a culture. Lifestyle brands seek to inspire, guide, and motivate people, with the goal of their products contributing to the definition of the consumer’s way of life.
  • What is the definition of Lifestyle factors?
    The habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group. As an adjective: pertaining to or catering to a certain lifestyle, such as unhealthy lifestyle choices; lifestyle advertising; a luxury lifestyle hotel.
  • What are the factors of a Lifestyle?
    Lifestyle Factors Affecting Health and Wellbeing. … Behavioral and social issues that impact on health include smoking, alcohol, poor diet leading to obesity or malnutrition, lack of physical exercise, sexual behavior, and problems resulting from drug taking.

Menu for a nonviolent lifestyle
Fruit Nut Pilaf
Mixed Lentils 5 Spices
Cabbage
Curry Sauce
Indian Rice Dessert
Corn Bread
Lemonade, Water
The participants explored several aspects of lifestyle and how they can promote nonviolence and community health. Food,. for instance, can contribute to children’s behavioral problems. (At the end of the event Shelia Boyd prepared for participants a delicious vegan meal illustrating this argument.)

Jon Loflin demonstrated aspects of hip hop culture.

The highlight of the event was a simulation of Ruth Ellen Homer used the endless hours shuttling her lids to classes and events to teach them moral and religious values.

It was a very funny ans engaging skit. At one point, John Loflin jumped out of the car to .deliver a rap song about how he needed to be by himself driving a car.

The participants shared final reflections at the end.

The group is ready to take “Cultivating a Lifestyle of Nonviolence” on the road. If you would like them to bring their skits and discussions to your classroom, congregation or club, please contact Ruth Ellen Homer. You’ll be happy you did.

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