Walking the Path of Non-Violence in Myanmar (Burma)

For: Lauren Seganos
Organizer: Lauren Seganos
Walking the Path of Non-Violence in Myanmar (Burma) (Lauren Seganos)
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The Story

In January 2015, I have the incredible opportunity to spend two weeks experiencing and learning from the rich culture and history of Myanmar. As part of a Border Crossing class at Andover Newton Theological School, 10-15 students and faculty will travel to one of the poorest of South Asian countries. Until recently, Myanmar (or Burma) had one of the most repressive governments in the world, however now the people of this country are in the process of reaping the fruits of a long and rich history of non-violent resistance.

Throughout the course, we will explore some of the social justice projects of Buddhists and Christians that are creating a more just and equitable society. We will meet with Buddhist monks and Christians who have participated in non-violent resistance in Myanmar and we will aim to discover resources and inspiration for walking the path of non-violence in our own context. Additionally we will spend 3 days in a Buddhist monastery, sharing in the life of the monks who live there.

In addition to my regular tuition and other academic expenses, this experience comes with an additional course fee that must be paid prior to January. The cost of the course includes the flight to and from Myanmar, lodging, 3 meals per day (2 at the monastery), speakers and entrance fees, tour guides, buses, and a driver.

While there is some financial assistance available from Andover Newton, it will not cover the most of the course fee. Therefore any amount that you can contribute will bring me closer to this opportunity that promises to be challenging yet unforgettable. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to support my theolgoical education, from Boston to Myanmar!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 20, 2014

Posted on November 20, 2014

Hello friends and family!

I want to share a story with you that I think exemplifies the touching generosity of this fundraising campaign. Yesterday as I was working a shift at the dining hall for my part-time job, someone walked up to me and asked if I was Lauren. I replied that I was, and he told me that someone asked him to do what he was about to do. He then handed me an envelope and walked away. The front of the enveople read, "For Lauren, For Burma," and inside I found multiple $20 bills with no other note. I have no idea who this anonymous donation came from, but I was completely floored and overwhelming grateful. 

So it is with great joy that I can announce that thanks to this unexpected and gracious donation, I have made my goal of raising $2000 for my course in Myanmar! From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful for your support of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Each of your generous gifts brought me closer and closer to my goal, and this week I was so thankful to hand in my final payment. 

As a sign of my deep thanks, I will have something for each of you when I return from Myanmar in January. It will be a simple but heartfelt token of my appreciation and gratitude. Again, without your help, I don't know where I would stand in relation to this course. But thanks to your faithful and generous gifts, I will have the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself, and enhance my theological education in ways I never expected. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted on October 30, 2014

Posted on October 30, 2014

Great news: I received my Myanmar visa in the mail this week. So it's now official! I am looking forward to this opportunity very much. This semester, I along with the other students on the trip, have been reading about Theravada Buddhism and vipasanna insight meditation in order to prepare for our 3 day immersion in a Buddhist monastery. Also this week we are reading the writings of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Price winner who is a national hero of the Burmese people. Thank you for your financial support of this border-crossing experience!

Posted on August 29, 2014

Posted on August 29, 2014

In just the few short weeks since I announced my acceptance into an Andover Newton Theological School course in Myanmar, I have been floored with the responses and support from so many people. In addition to the many prayers and words of encouragement, as of today, August 29, 2014, over $1500 have been raised to make this opportunity possible. Wow! I am filled with gratitude for your generosity and willingness to support my theological education in this way. Even though I will still be fundraising into the fall semester, with your help I am drawing closer to my goal. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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