ROCKS OF REMEMBRANCE
Our Rocks of Remembrance contain butterflies on them because butterflies are a symbol for hope. Eva's message of forgiveness causes conflict amongst many who believe that the Nazis should not and could not EVER be forgiven for the horrible things they did, and we obviously could NEVER and would NEVER speak on behalf of or for those victims of such atrocities, but we can have HOPE that conversations can take place to address conflicts in our lives, and that is what Eva has taught us.
"In Jewish tradition, it is customary to leave a small rock on someone's grave, and rocks are a fitting symbol of the lasting presence of the person's life and memory." A stone is resilient, everlasting, and forever, and our rocks in this courtyard for the Holocaust Survivors of Tennessee and others affected by this tragedy, will be forever present here as memories of each individual's story so that people will always remember.
On each rock, there is a butterfly. Without having a negative connotation, and simply to show contrasting effect, we have positioned each butterfly and rock together. Butterflies are light, and rocks are heavy. Eva's Kortyard is for bringing two things together that conflict and to have hope for restoration.
RAILROAD TO RESTORATION
During the Holocaust, railroads were used to hurt and change people's lives for the worst.
Our Railroad to Restoration is a reminder about this tragedy.
Today, we cross these railroad tracks with a hope to carry our current life conflicts to an area of hope for restoration.
FOUNTAIN OF FORGIVENESS
The Fountain of Forgiveness is an area designed to conduct Restorative Circles. Students and teachers will bring their conflicts around the fountain to have difficult conversations.
Eva taught us to not run from our conflicts but to move towards them. So, having an area to have restorative circles is our way of moving towards our problems in a healthy way.
A restorative circle is a positive systematic approach to discussing conflict in which the following questions are used: What happened? What were you thinking while that was happening? What have you thought about since? How did this affect you and others? What has been the hardest thing for you? What do you think needs to happen to make things right?
We understand that forgiveness is a personal choice, and we are not telling people to forgive. This area is an area that brings hope for the possibility of forgiveness.
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