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It isn’t often that we get to share wedding pictures on the NCDD blog, but this is a very special occasion.

I’m thrilled to share the news that two of our long-time members and supporters, Terry Amsler and Lisa Bingham, were wed on October 28th. Lisa sent me this photo to share with the community.

Lisa & Terry Amsler's Wedding Portrait

Many of you will remember that back in February, I shared the devastating news that Terry and Lisa were both struck by a bus during a trip to London they had been looking forward to taking together.  They were taken to separate hospitals in a city far from frienda and family, and though information was spotty, we did our best to keep the community updated via the comments thread at www.ncdd.org/10967 whenever we heard news of their progress or transport.

Support and encouragement poured in from our community, in the comments thread and elsewhere, and after the first alarming reports, news about Terry and Lisa’s recovery became more and more hopeful.  Their recovery has actually been quite amazing, and now they’ve surpassed all our hopes for them and gotten married!  Terry has moved to Bloomington, Indiana to live with Lisa.

Lisa is back to work at Indiana University (she’s Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs), and as of October 1st, Terry is back on a part-time basis at the Institute for Local Government’s Public Engagement Program (check out the site at www.ca-ilg.org if you haven’t yet seen all the great resources Terry created for them!).

In an email to me the other day, Terry wrote “Nothing like a brush with mortality to help one focus on and consider what is most important in the lifetime we’re given or have left.”  Please join me in congratulating Terry and Lisa on their wedding and on their amazing recovery!

Andy Fluke
Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

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  1. Brian Sullivan says:

    Wow, what really great news!

    I often wondered what was happening with the both of you, with both hope and concern. The wait was worth it–to finally hear that you are both doing so well, not just getting on with your life but together with love and renewed commitment to each other and your work and our world.

    Congratulations to both of you!

  2. John Backman says:

    Wow. WOW. I cannot imagine better news. This is wonderful. Congratulations to both of you.

  3. Congratulations. Very good news indeed!

  4. Ben Roberts says:

    Congratulations! What a great story to be able to share with the NCDD community.

  5. Lucas Cioffi says:

    Thanks for spreading the joy!

  6. Michael Briand says:

    Congratulations, Terry and Lisa.

  7. Ann Yellott says:

    For some reason I opened this NCDD Community News…only to be overcome with emotion in seeing the photo and reading the news about Terry and Lisa…both about their accident and their recovery and the wonder-filled announcement of their marriage. It’s been many, many years since I have seen Terry and been connected with the national conflict resolution and dialogue and deliberation fields. However, I immediately was taken back to ACR Conferences and the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution where Terry always was a positive and welcome presence. Please share my profound wishes for happiness and joy to both Terry and Lisa!! Thanks to all of you in the CR field for continuing this important work.

  8. Terry L. Cooper says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, TERRY AND LISA! This is wonderful news! I wish the very best to both of you for a fulfilling marriage and a great life together!

  9. Carolyn Penny says:

    Heartfelt congratulations, Terry and Lisa! Best wishes in abundance!

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