Healing and Reconciliation After War


Social Hall
121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA, 01004
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Ed Tick Ph.D. and Kate Dahlstedt MACP will share stories and lessons from Soldier’s Heart journeys to Viet Nam on Sunday, April 2 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM in the UUSA Social Hall. Ed and Kate, experts in tending the invisible wounds of war and co-founders of Soldier’s Heart, Inc., have led annual healing and reconciliation journeys to Viet Nam for the past 17 years. These journeys have proven to be profoundly transformative healing experiences for veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. They have also enabled Kate and Ed to penetrate Vietnamese culture and history, study the Vietnamese peoples’ stories of war and recovery, understand why there is no PTSD there, and experience the extraordinary spirituality and healing available in their culture.

Join us for an evening of lecture, poetry, slides, stories and discussion about these journeys in Viet Nam and what they can teach us about healing and transforming war trauma into the nutrients of peacemaking. In Viet Nam, with survivors from all sides, we practice Buddha’s lesson that permeates Vietnamese people and culture:

Hatreds never cease
By hatreds in this world.
By love they cease.
This is an ancient law.