What Would Love Do? An Interview with Jane Brunette

May 3, 2014
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore

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The Dayak Benuaq people of Muara Tae in Borneo are losing their forest to palm oil. Western-style negotiations have failed them. With the bulldozers poised to take what little remains of their 140 million year-old ancestral rainforest, tribal elders say their best hope is to hold a ceremony that since ancient times has been used to resolve difficult disputes with great power. Because we rely on the rainforest for our oxygen, tribal leaders are inviting us to join them in this ancient vow ceremony (called Sumpah Adat) to protect their forest. We don’t have to travel to Borneo to participate. This ceremonial method of conflict resolution taps into the heart and the big picture, where we examine our part in the conflict, reconnect to our true values and recommit to our original purpose as humans — to nurture the health and balance of the earth. The ceremony will address tensions with neighboring villages over disputed land by creating an opportunity to inquire deeply, celebrate and feast together. The tribe will also invite company and government officials to join in this process of remembering the long view that includes the duty of humans to each other and to the earth. Our participation, and joint intention, will add power to the ceremony by extending it across the globe, help avert violence and, with great hope, change some minds and hearts so that the remaining forest can be preserved. Join me for an interview with author Jane Brunette, a committed, heartful, passionate woman who is helping the Dayak Benuaq people reach out to us—the family of the earth—with their invitation.

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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.

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Marianna Cacciatore

Marianna Cacciatore

Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.

Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.

Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.

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