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The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured. It has been over a week no ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I lived in Jerusalem during the fall of 2000, after the failure of Camp David and as the second intifada erupted, I found myself angry with everything around me - the crushing might of Israel' ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

Life-Shaping Books for Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Children's literature provides one of the most uplifting, energizing, and soul-freeing pursuits for any child-or any adult who cares about children. Children's literatur ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. While most ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Lewis and McCain: When Heroes Collide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in Vietnam, an injured McCain parachuted into a lake. John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, ...

Sept. 11 Families Join Nonviolence Efforts in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Please, spread the message: There is not only violence in Iraq, there is something more -- people are building peace and seeking real change. Please, ...

A Colombian Peacemaker's 'Option for Civil Resistance'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We are deeply concerned. We are deeply concerned. Attempts are being made to link Héctor Mondragón to the FARC guerilla movement in Colombia's paper of record, ...

Where Wars Come From
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nations. Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nati ...

An International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9).</em></p> "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they s ...

The Gaza Cease-Fire and Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I arrived in the West Bank the afternoon of Saturday, June 7, and hit the ground running. The next morning we starting filming for <a href="http://thispalestinianlife.blogspot.com">a f ...

Holy Mischief: 40 Years after the Catonsville 9 and the 'Fracture of Good Order'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This past weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the historic action of the <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/catonsville40/index.htm">Catonsville 9</a>. ...

The Catholic Worker Movement after 75 Years
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Christine Haider, 25, is preparing for her confirmation to the Roman Catholic Church. Christine Haider, 25, is preparing for her confirmation to the Roman Catholic Chur ...

Video: Creative Anti-War Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Here is a brilliant video from an action around the 5th anniversary of the war ... Yes Lord, more holy mischief! <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da6HL3j2AHg">Watch it:</a></p& ...

Good Friday at Lockheed Martin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>In our little circles, we've been ...

Listening to MLK
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/mlks-unfinished-revolution-by.html">Mary Nelson just posted on MLK's Riverside speech</A>, but I have some r ...

Revolution of the Spirit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Deats Burma's resistance is not over. In August 2007, in response to a massive government-mandate ...

Soldier Saints and Patriot Pacifists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This year, Nov. 11 will be a particularly joyous day for this veteran. This year, Nov. 11 will be a particularly joyous day for this veteran. Though I will not be attending any ev ...

The Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>The news this afternoon from Myanmar/Burma is not good. A recent AP story said that</P><br /> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> ...

Six Found Guilty Of Trying to See Their Senator
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, six of us were found guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by a federal judge for trying to visit the office of our senator. We will be sentenced in a few wee ...

Gandhi For Today
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice How would Mahatma Gandhi confront terrorism today? And what action would the apostle of nonviolence take in response to the wars ...

What if the Amish Were in Charge of the War on Terror?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I confess: Over the last 10 days, I did not pay much attention to the Amish school shooting. As the mother of an 8-year old girl, I find school violence stories too painful to follow.</p> ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The Alpha and Omega The Alpha and Omega Revelation is perhaps the most abused book of the ...

Plowshares Action
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Catholic priest Carl Kabat and military veterans Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli led a Plowshares direct action agai ...

True Service
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Arnold Stieber In the June 2006 issue, Ched Myers wrote a warm, informative article on Tom Fox and Christian Peacemaker Teams (“The Blood ...

Words, Not War, With Iran
Originally Posted: 05/12/2011 - 10:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Wesley Granberg-Michaelson Susannah Heschel B ...

Operation Peaceforce
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amid increased violence in Sri Lanka, Nonviolent Peaceforce members are providing unarmed accompaniment to those deliver ...

The Blood Of The Martyrs
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers Tom Fox's nonviolent witness. We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been, by an ...

Who is the Enemy?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

John Malkin Everyone wants to be happy and to fulfill their dreams. For many who live in war zones, prisons, and places of poverty, those ...

New And Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh A New Season A New Season Hitting midlife can bring angst, lots of it. Dale Hanson Bourke’ ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Communities at Risk “AIDS is born in the house of poverty,” an Indian health worker says on Making Ends Meet: AIDS and Poverty , a new resource from the Menno ...

A Life of Faithful Integrity
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Ann E. Helmke In the final analysis it is not how many times one prays but how eager one is to imbibe it. ...

Getting in the Way
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Rich Preheim Christian Peacemaker teams puts into practice the idea that peace work should be a regular job, not just a noble hobby. ...

In the Mahatma's Footsteps
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Palestine Arun Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, grandson of India’s liberati ...

Arm in Arm, Hand in Hand
Originally Posted: 05/06/2011 - 2:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rachel Medema Volunteers from around the world work for peace in Palestine simply by being there. ...

Coercion vs. Cooperation
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Deats Jonathan Schell, author of such highly acclaimed books as The Fate of the Earth and The Gift of Time, has now written perha ...

Seeing Beyond War
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Theresa Miller I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the article by Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall ("With Weapons of the Will," September-October ...

The Other Front
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Hector Mondragon Nonviolence may be the untold story in Colombia's war. Poor people on the Caribbean co ...

Walk This Way
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler The Nonviolent Peaceforce is putting soldiers in the ...

A Toast to Freedom
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger There are basically three kinds of power: domination, collaboration, and satyagraha (truth force). ...

Swinging Back
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stacia M. Brown Violence in the anti-corporate-globalization movement Kadd Stephens, 24, longs for "a w ...