Group selects ecology pioneer as S.A.'s first peace laureate
Tracy Idell Hamilton: Express-News
San Antonio has its first peace laureate.
The idea of naming a "peace laureate" for the city grew out of "Soul of the Citizen," a conference convened in November to foster a dialogue about faith in public life.
As the peace laureate, Lofgren will be available to speak to schools, faith groups and civic organizations, Helmke said. The peaceCENTER would also like to publish a book Lofgren hopes to write about her foray into the expanding study of consciousness.
Lofgren is especially concerned with children, whom she first got close to when she taught science enrichment to troubled youths at a Quaker school in the 1970s.
It was there, she said, that she saw the healing power of the natural world work to relax young bodies tense with the various traumas of their situations.
"I want to wake up parents, people in general," she said. "We have to stay whole to appreciate the individuality of people, the divine that comes through the mind."
Lofgren may be the first peace laureate anywhere.