Let’s Kick Start a Campaign for Loving Mimesis! #LoveContagion

“Spread Love, Not Germs”

With the election just weeks away, many are worried about the possibility of violence and unrest. During a recent Theology & Peace Social Hour we compiled a list of resources and ways to prepare. Mimetic Theory helps us understand the nature of rivalry and its violent contagion. Let’s put those insights to positive use by preparing in advance various ways we can de-escalate violence. For instance, we encourage you to share examples of loving mimesis you have experienced personally or seen in the media. Feel free to post to the Theology & Peace Facebook page! Use #LoveContagion.

A new list of resources:

Books:

Online Resources:

More ways to get involved:

Questions and concerns that we want to bring to the table:

  • How do compassion and accountability go together?
  • How can we bring up the problem of accusation, without being dismissed as defending the white racist structures?
  • We all need training and spiritual practices similar to the Christian Peacemaker training. 
  • What can we accomplish in time for November 3rd?
  • What creative tactics can help us dismantle the escalation and the media propaganda? Therapy llama ‘Caesar the No Drama Llama’ calms tensions at protests
  • Where do you see loving mimesis happening in these days? 
  • How can we facilitate meetings between police and African American leaders, like the one that recently occurred in in York County, PA?
  • How can we learn to know one another across lines of tension?

Finally, we want to amplify stories of loving mimesis:

  • We ask that everyone share examples of loving mimesis you have experienced personally or have encountered in the media. 
  • Please join in amplifying public awareness of these stories by sharing on your social media accounts.
  • We invite you to post them on the Theology & Peace Facebook page and on Twitter, in both cases using the Hashtag #LoveContagion

About Sue Wright

I use Rene Girard's mimetic theory to read comics. It's amazing what comes to light. Comics are far richer than I ever realized.
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