Sharing Space was a CRC newsletter that previously came out three times a year. The main goal was to give new ideas for facilitators and also to share information about various CRC programs. Contributing writers and CRC staff contributed articles about other materials to Sharing Space that reflected CRC’s mission and vision for a more peaceful and just world.
Now, Sharing Space has become a blog where we can “share” articles, materials and event happenings, just as we did in the old Sharing Space newsletter. This blog will be the new place to share new information as well as post some of the old Sharing Spaces that were printed over several years. We welcome your comments. We also welcome articles and ideas on how you have used CRC’s ideas and materials; please send to

HYLA Application Form 2016

HYLA Application Form 2016

We are pleased to invite you and your friends to the 2016 Hudson Youth Leadership Academy, or HYLA as we like to say. HYLA will offer leadership skill- building workshops. In an intense, but exciting five day conference. This is an opportunity for you to share your goals, strengthen your skills, and make life-long friends. Young people like you today have so much to offer as the leaders of tomorrow. With this view and our passion to see young people empowered, the Kurz Family Foundation initiated a collaboration between Creative Response to Conflict (CRC), Me to We, Free the Children and Rockland Community College (RCC).
This registration package has everything you need to apply to HYLA. To register, please complete this package and mail it to the address below. The HYLA Conference will be held from Monday, June 27 to Friday July 1 on the main campus of Rockland Community College.
The cost of the conference is based on a sliding scale. We ask that participants pay between $100 and $200. If you are able to pay at the higher end of the scale, you will be helping to support participants who are in need of financial aid. (Scholarship monies are available. Please write a separate letter stating your request) The day/time of the conference is as follows:
June 27 9-5
June 28 9-5
June 29 9-7
June 30 9-7 (barbeque and talent show)
July 1 9-3
Participants should arrive no later than 9 Am. at the entrance to the Cultural Arts Center. A HYLA team member will meet participants in the upper level of the Center. The balance is due Tuesday, June 7tn.
Application deadline with deposit is due June 1. In order for an application to be considered complete, a non-refundable deposit of $30 is expected at the time of application.
Parents/guardians are invited to a talent show and BBQ on Thursday at 5 P.M.. Please make checks payable to: Creative Response to Conflict. In the memo line on the check, please write HYLA. Please send the application and deposit to:
Creative Response to Conflict
521 North Broadway, Box 271, Nyack, New York 10960

Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit

The Stony Point Center, an FOR affiliate organziation in Stony Point, NY, has announced the seventh-annual “Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit” Peacemaking Summer Institute for Young Adults, ages 19 to 29.

The program, May 31 to Aug. 7, is free to those who are accepted.

The Stony Point Center Summer Institute is seeking Jewish, Christian and Muslim young adults, who are grounded in their religious tradition, serious about spirituality and the state of the planet, and excited by social activism in a multireligious context.

They offer a rich opportunity to live in a supportive community with peers. The community they form will be “nested” in the larger multifaith Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center (SPC), an intentional, residential community of Muslims, Jews and Christians who help run SPC and engage in hospitality, study, and nonviolence and social justice activism.

Apply online — deadline Feb. 15, and space is limited!


The Summer Institute is multi-dimensional. Students will:

  • engage in multifaith study and dialogue
  • grow in their relationship to the land and to each other through farming
  • live together in community
  • study nonviolent approaches to justice and peace

Throughout the program, students will have opportunities for one-to-one mentoring sessions for spiritual and vocational guidance.

Watch a video about the Summer Institute at Stony Point Center

SPC believes that the religious traditions of the world have interrelated lessons to teach us all about welcoming “the other” and caring for the earth. Together, they constitute a spiritual ecology. The welfare of humanity now requires that we consciously rebalance that spiritual ecology — acknowledging the precious uniqueness of each tradition while strengthening their mutual relations. Working in the SPC gardens is an integral part of the program.


There are two sessions. Students can attend one or both, but are encouraged to come for both.

Session 1, May 31 to July 3, will focus on the strong thread of peace and nonviolence that runs through Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Students will use what they learn to explore the social justice issues of immigration, gender and sexuality, race and mass incarceration, and religious conflict and peace building. This session will include the Muslim observance of Ramadan and the Jewish observance of Shavuot.

Holiday break, July 4 to July 9, is optional for those attending both sessions. Students may stay over the break and celebrate Eid as well as the July Fourth holiday. It will be a week of fun, rest and relaxation.

Session 2, from July 10 to August 7, will focus on what the three Abrahamic traditions, and some Indigenous faith traditions perspectives on Earth-care. During this session, students will explore the areas environmental justice, climate change, and food justice.


Visit the Stony Point Center website for more details — including a growing list of scholars, teachers and activists who will be coming to teach.

Remember, the deadline is Feb. 15, and the Summer Institute is free to those who are accepted. Apply online now.

If you have questions, please contact We encourage you to forward this message or share this video on social media with young adults or others you know who work with young adults.

HYLA Holiday Party

Please come.
Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues.
Please RSVP

“A good place to find out about HYLA.”


Hudson Youth Leadership Academy

TIME AND DATE: Sunday afternoon, December 13th from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm
PLACE: Rick’s Club American, 100 Lake Road, Congers, NY,10920.
Don’t forget to tell your friends, family, and colleagues.

Please fill out the information below or RSVP to: Janet Newman,

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Leonard Kurz
Cell phone: 510-918-8098

Re-Entry supports 1 Billion Rising!

Last Thursday, February the 14th, One Billion women danced and rose to end violence against women! This movement was started by OneBilionRising, an organization founded to make an end to the atrocity, that one of three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

Proud to be part of these one billion women (and those who love them), the women of CRC’s Re-Entry Support Program met at the Palisades Mall, West Nyack and participated in the dance, with happened across the globe on the same day.

Have a look and enjoy watching One Billion Women (and those who love them) rising to end violence against women.

Look in Youtube!

An Article about CRC in a German Newsletter

Each year, the German Peace Organization Eirene sends out volunteers who want to help in Organizations all over the world. Since the last three years, CRC was glad to welcome the volunteers Christopher Ohnesorg, Malte Greiner-Petter and Johannes Glatz from Germany to work with Creative Response to Conflict.

In their Newsletter they always feature articles about the work their volunteers do, all around the globe. This time, it’s an article about Johannes Glatz and his work for Creative Response to Conflict.

The Original article is in German, but we are also providing an English version of the article.

To read the English translation, please click here.

To read the original German article, please click here.


CRC presents at an Early Childhood Conference in India

Executive Director Priscilla Prutzman was invited recently to present at an Early Childhood Conference in Mumbai, India. Over two hundred Educators mostly from private schools in many parts of India attended. Priscilla’s topic was “Peace Education, Conflict resolution and Early Childhood.” There was a lot of discussion about Inclusion, diversity, and bullying prevention at the conference. Priscilla hopes to return to India next year to present CRC’s programs to colleges through her Fulbright in Peace Education and Conflict resolution.

Rockland County Re-Entry Support – A Program Report

The United Way of Rockland provided a grant for women and children to participate in three 14-week programs a year for three years. The women are formerly incarcerated and attend a program that includes life skills, conflict resolution, dealing with abuse, drug and alcohol issues and self-esteem. Their children attend a program with an age-appropriate focus at the same time the women attend their program.

While the main organizers are Creative Response To Conflict and the Rockland Parent Child Center, the program also is a collaboration of Rockland Community College (in-kind space and services, and use of RCC’s Fun and Learn Center), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (provides several volunteers to handle food preparation and work with the children), and Cornell Cooperative Extension (provides financial literacy programs).

The Children:
The children range in age from newborn to 16 years. The Rockland County Re-Entry Support Program for children is extremely successful. They gain confidence, self-esteem, and the ability to speak in front of a group. The themes covered in the children’s program include: cooperation; communication; affirmation; conflict resolution; bias awareness; bullying prevention; and intervention and problem solving. The children have lots of fun and are now modeling many healthy lifestyle choices, such as eliminating soda and drinking juice, water and seltzer and eating at least one vegetable at every meal.

3 rounds of 14-weeks of the re-entry program have been completed and the fourth round starts on January 19, 2012.

Out of 34 women, 2 returned to jail for a short time. Once released from jail, the 2 women completed our program and are now employed.

Out of the 34 women, 24 have fully and successfully completed our 14-week program and 21 children have graduated from the program.

9 women out of 13 received certificates, 12 children and a host of volunteers.

2 women have regained custody of their children.
7 women are now gainfully employed.
1 woman applied to Rockland Community College and is starting the RCC nursing program.
2 women have applied to BOCES.
10 are researching how to obtain their GED so that they can move on to college.
1 woman is off of parole as of December 5, 2011.

2 women returned to jail out of all of the participants. This 2:34 ratio is dramatically better than the recidivism rate of 8 out of ten formerly incarcerated return to prison. With this remarkable accomplishment, we are very proud of our re-entry program and exceptionally grateful for the support of the United Way of Rockland.