IGE is a meeting place for community groups that share our concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. We promote peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

Freethought Cafe: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut: The History of Circumcision

Freethought Cafe
Sunday, August 28, noon-2 p.m
1118 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49506
Bigger, Longer, & Uncut: The History of Circumcision 
“Intactivist” Glen Allen presents a history of circumcision: how it is entangled with religion, how it got started in America. Learn new things about a body part near you, and how it is viewed in other cultures as well.
We will potluck a marvelous lunch (12:00-12:30) and there will be coffee.  Freethought Cafe will give you some things to think about.

Look Who’s Back (film) on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 12:15pm

Free Thought Cafe:

 

Look Who’s Back is a subtitled German film, from the novel, 116 minutes long. Hitler returns and is universally mistaken for a brilliant comedian…at first.
Freethought Cafe is showing this movie at IGE, 1118 Wealthy St SE Sunday August 21.  We also potluck food and drink!  We will start the film at 12:15 p.m.so please plan accordingly.
See you!
Next Sunday, August 28, circumcision!  No, not you–a guest speaker will talk about it.

Free Thought Cafe presents: A Destiny Drive Life

Free Thought Cafe presents:

A Destiny Driven Life: How to make magic in the middle of despair and have the resiliency for follow through when all seems to fail.

At IGE, 1118 Wealthy St. S.E., Sunday, August 14, noon-2 p.m.  http://www.igegr.org/

Wolfgang will present based on coaching lessons with youth and his career as anthropologist / therapist and now  the dark side of the corporate world. Formal discussion 12:30-1:30. Potluck as usual. Coffee is free.
We have ways of making you talk!

Free Thought Cafe on Sunday, August 7, 12 noon

Free Thought Cafe

“Systems Thinking, Aligned Incentives, Urban Design: common sense codified?”

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Institute for Global Education, 1118 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Now is the time! End the blockade of Cuba!

Cuba scored a victory when President Obama moved to normalize relations.
Does it mean an end to more than 50 years of a U.S. blockade against our
neighbor? How will the changes impact the Cuban people? What can we do to
continue acting in solidarity with the people of Cuba and Latin America?
Speaker: Manolo De Los Santos
Manolo De Los Santos works in the Pastors for Peace program, coordinating solidarity projects in Haiti, Cuba and Central America. He helped lead many delegations & caravans to Cuba in civil disobedience of the US blockade. He currently lives in Cuba where he is studying Theology & Philosophy at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas.
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7pm
At the Institute for Global Education
1118 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids

Workshop on Non-Violent Communication (NVC) this Thursday!

Nonviolent Communication can change the world.  More importantly, it can change your life.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
 

Peaceful relationships live in the heart….

….but they can be created by simple, radical steps.

Steps are clearly set out in “NVC”, also called Compassionate Communication, with plenty of real life examples. Pragmatic effective steps reduce stresses in any relationship and enliven passion and compassion that you probably didn’t think possible.

Interested? Come hear about NVC on Thursday, June 23rd at IGE – 7-8pm. Bring your friends and real life examples for a lively discussion!

You will be glad you checked NVC out!

www.igegr.org

What is NVC?
a pragmatic process for identifying, communicating and meeting the often unseen but essential motivating needs of your self and of others;  An NVC practice gradually lessens thoughts and actions based on ineffective systems of guilt, judgment, and manipulation (thru positive or negative reactions), while replacing them with thoughts and actions that address the driving issues in each person with creativity and kindness.
How does NVC work?  You go beyond counterproductive cultural habits to connect genuinely with Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests in yourself and others at the present moment.  Most of NVC is common sense but developing these compassionate ways can make life surprisingly wonderful.   
O – peel off evaluation, comparison, criticism, and judgment to identify objective observations;
F –  develop a vocabulary and awareness of feelings in yourself and others
N – identify one or more basic needs attached to each authentic feeling
R – identify positive actions that you or others can take to meet your needs — requests
E – practice empty-space listening/empathy to hear accurately, paraphrase, reflect;  When appropriate, engage in active “question” empathy to release the ofnr of others;
A – Also apply the above skills to address issues to convey appreciation, dissolve depression, diffuse violence, and work effectively with children and other people at home, work or anywhere;

Non Violent Communication Presentation–Thursday, June 23

June 23 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

What is NVC?
a pragmatic process for identifying, communicating and meeting the often unseen but essential motivating needs of your self and of others;  An NVC practice gradually lessens thoughts and actions based on ineffective systems of guilt, judgment, and manipulation (thru positive or negative reactions), while replacing them with thoughts and actions that address the driving issues in each person with creativity and kindness.
How does NVC work?  You go beyond counterproductive cultural habits to connect genuinely with Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests in yourself and others at the present moment.  Most of NVC is common sense but developing these compassionate ways can make life surprisingly wonderful.   
O – peel off evaluation, comparison, criticism, and judgment to identify objective observations;
F –  develop a vocabulary and awareness of feelings in yourself and others
N – identify one or more basic needs attached to each authentic feeling
R – identify positive actions that you or others can take to meet your needs — requests
E – practice empty-space listening/empathy to hear accurately, paraphrase, reflect;  When appropriate, engage in active “question” empathy to release the ofnr of others;
A – Also apply the above skills to address issues to convey appreciation, dissolve depression, diffuse violence, and work effectively with children and other people at home, work or anywhere;

IGE supports Loving Day!

IGE supports Loving Day!

We want to ask you to support the Loving Day Celebration on Sunday, June 12, 2016 by bringing photos, children’s drawings, or other images of your family to IGE at 1118 Wealthy St. SE for Loving Day.

This IGE photo wall will be in conjunction with the Ebony Road Players Loving Day Celebration on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 12 Noon to 8pm, between Barth Street and Wealthy Theatre, right behind IGE.

IGE will be open with the Free Thought Café taking place from 12pm to 2pm, followed by an IGE open house from 2pm to 4pm, before everyone moves over to the Wealthy Theater.

Loving Day is celebrated in cities throughout the country in observance of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Case of 1967, which struck down the criminality of interracial marriage in the United States.

Ebony Road Players is organizing the Loving Day Celebration so please see the attached flyer for more information or visit Loving Day Celebration 2016 for the details.

Free Thought Cafe field trip to Geek Group on Saturday

Free Thought Cafe field trip to Geek Group  http://thegeekgroup.org/

This Sunday, we’re meeting on Saturday, because it’s summer and time for adventures!

And: We’re meeting at the Geek Group at 12:30, Saturday, June 4, 2016 for their tour.  It’s their birthday and the place is amazing!  The Geek Group is at 902 Leonard NW.

Then after the tour try out the Mitten brewing company down the street at 527 Leonard NW for some coffee, a good pretzel, or a local craft beverage.

There are lots of fun options this time of year.  You might want to mark your calendar now:
June 4    902 Leonard NW   12:30 p.m, Geek Group (food afterwards)
June 12  1118 Wealthy SE   noon-2   The Enbridge Five (potluck)
June 17  1819 Oakwood NE    7 p.m.   Aliens party (dress the part!)
June 19   No Cafe, Father’s Day. Call your dad (you’re welcome)
June 26  1118 Wealthy SE   noon-2
Do not miss the aliens!!  If you want to help with the party, let me know!  Laura Casaletto