1. Purpose of this study

This study is designed to identify opportunities for religious educators to expand their role as peacemakers in the community. Our hypothesis is that peace in a community is best achieved through well-led collective contemplative peace practices. Obtaining data from you is vital to our understanding of how collective intelligence oriented toward peace can realize a more peaceful world for all. We are polling active religious educators to determine level of motivation and workable approaches towards refining our hypothesis. 

 "Religious Educators" is a broad category. In addition to clergy or those with college degrees in Religious Studies, it  may include yoga teachers, life coaches, business coaches, nutritionists, therapists, health care professionals, teachers, or lay people who work with others directly.  

"Contemplative peace practices" may be defined as any number of practices where the emphasis is discovering, awakening, or amplifying inner and outer peace. This includes various meditation and prayer techniques, and the inwardly focused parts of other practices including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. They may be silent or use words or dialogue, or involve artistic elements. 
 
This survey is only for persons who meet BOTH of the following criteria:
a)    Are active religious educators/teachers of spiritual principles (been teaching in the last two years); AND
b)    Teach/lead/facilitate contemplative peace practices with groups of two or more. 

All responses will be kept in strictest confidence. Individual responses will not be identified, but all data will be combined and analyzed in the aggregate. At the end of several questions is a comment box for free text. Please feel free to include further explanation of your response. We appreciate your taking the time to complete this survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Questions may be directed to Rev. Dr. Margo Ruark, Peace Centers International, Inc. at margo@peacecentersinternational.org. More information can be found on our website at www.peacecentersinternational.org.

* 1. What is the group peace practice(s) you primarily teach? Mark all that apply

* 2. Where did you train to lead collective meditation for peace? Check all that apply.

* 3. How often is your group meditation practice held in conjunction with a worship service or other larger gathering?

* 4. How would you rate your confidence at facilitating collective contemplative peace practice? 

* 5. Do you charge a fee for your meditation group?

* 6. Why do you teach groups contemplative peace practices?

* 7. Based on your own observations, in what ways does your contemplative peace group contribute to your organization's growth? Check all that apply. 

* 8. Indicate your agreement about the following proposition: The only people who can perceive their own capacity for peace are those who are trained to do so.

* 9. Indicate which areas you would benefit from more training in leading group contemplative practice.

* 10. May we contact you if we have follow-up questions? If so, please enter your contact information below. You may also leave your contact info to receive news and updates about collective contemplative peace practices.

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