It takes story to get us there.
Words can build us up. Words can break us down. Often the reason we feel animosity, hatred, confusion or worry comes from a miscommunication or simply, the wrong words.
At One Earth Writing, we believe in the power of story to heal the world.
Our programs bring together tweens and teens from communities that may not ordinarily cross paths for writing workshops. Our participants sit down to write their common stories about love and disappointment, about sports and food, about the details of their lives. And in doing so, they realize how similar they are to the people across the table.
Friendships, relationships, bonds grow when we find points of commonality. Our writing programs build bridges of understanding between people from different communities. Through One Earth Writing, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Jains, find their similarities, African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Caucasians, wealthy and poor, urban and rural. Regardless of where we begin, we can come to a place of understanding.
Quite simply, when we sit down together, human to human, and share our words, we begin to build bridges of understanding that lead us to the same island. On this island of love and compassion, we realize we are all the same.