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'Change the World of Some:' Thoughts from The 2013 Justice Conference
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 2:08am | Type: Blog

While everyone was blowing up the Twittersphere decrying the injustices of the Oscars, as movies like Argo walked away with Best Picture honors, I was sitting in a Philadelphia hotel lobby trying to chew on ev ...

And the Truth Shall Set You Free
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Many young people enlist in the armed forces without understanding what they’re getting into. My county is rural and poor; jobs are scarce. Many students who lack money or grades to make college a viable optio ...

Drones Are Corroding Our Nation's Soul
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

When we so disconnect our warriors from the realities of war, what does that do to their souls and to our collective soul? Do we lose sight of the horrible human cost of war? Do we become arrogant in our perce ...

Namibia-Angola War Retrospectives
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

As President Obama prepares to travel to Israel and Palestine, we can hope and pray that models such as the ones found along the Okavango River in Namibia/Angola will inspire local Syrians and Israelis beside ...

John McCain’s Theology of War is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

John McCain angrily insisted on “right” and “wrong” answers to his questions of Chuck Hagel yesterday. As a theologian and a religious leader, I want to say that John McCain is “wrong.” ...

The Courage to Reject our Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Not only have we created a culture of violence, we glorify violence in our movies, television shows, and video games. Even in pro sports, players increasingly settle disagreements on the court or field with ph ...

The Remarkable Power of Peace + Social Media
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last week, while most of Israel was focused on increasingly extreme rhetoric surrounding the upcoming elections and most Americans were listening to angry debates about guns and fiscal responsibility, a remark ...

AUDIO: Evangelicals for Peace
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Take heart! A new generation of evangelicals for peace is on the rise. It appears a new generatio ...

From the Archives: February 1987
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Turning from Old Ways IN THE U.S., the Cold War has served to justify a permanent wartime ...

A Breakthrough Against Violence
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Myla Leguro Nonviolent Peaceforce and other civilian groups are playing a key role in monitoring the new peace accord in the Philippines. ...

What Would Jesus Say To the NRA?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Underneath the rhetoric of the gun-control debate this Christmas is a nagging question: are more guns the solution to our gun problem? What does the birth of the baby Jesus 2,00 ...

It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel ... Peace
Originally Posted: 12/23/2012 - 2:14am | Type: Blog

That kind of peace is what descended on my heart and mind in the wake of my father’s death. I didn’t do anything to get it to arrive. I didn’t pray the right prayer or read the right thing. It just … arrived. ...

What Are You Singing: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Rather than a subversive message about the twisting of the Gospel, “Do You Hear What I Hear” was actually a call for peace during the turbulence of the 1960s. Whoops. I was joki ...

What Are You Singing: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

One question I am left with as I think about Bethlehem and the places surrounding it this Christmas is What would Jesus have to say about this conflict? I don’t know about you, bu ...

God is Here?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Thinking like that of Gov. Huckabee suggests that we somehow have the power to remove God from our schools and our society. This kind of God is quite small, weak, and impotent — one that is dictated by the me ...

I Found Peace in Kabul
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Even in the most troubled places on earth, there always seems to be a little group of people who refuse to accept the world as it is and insist on building the world they dream of, a little group of people who ...

In Afghanistan, A Call for Peace
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

We call upon the United Nations to negotiate an immediate cease-fire to the war in Afghanistan, and to start talks aimed at ending the war and beginning the long road to healing and recovery. ...

The Missing Figurine in Your Nativity Scene
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

It took me years to realize that there was a character missing from my congregation’s telling of the story. In the church where I grew up, the first Sunday in Advent was dubbed t ...

David’s Sling: Israel, Hezbollah, and the Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The connection between God and violence permeates the Bible, with God apparently sanctioning violence against God’s enemies. So we rightly ask, “What about all the violence in the Bible?” ...

The Waiting
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Advent, a season during which Christians honor and attempt to approximate the longing for a Messiah more than 2,000 years ago, is often described as a chance to exercise our patience muscles. ...

Palestinian Christians Rally for U.N. Status Upgrade
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

The time has come to do right for the Palestinians. It is time to unite in support for justice through peaceful means. Palestinians deserve freedom and dignity, and any step that brings this just and moral cau ...

The Fracture of Good Order
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Forest The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era. Oxford University Press ...

'Tsunami of suffering' expected with UK government cuts
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Press

November 25, 2012 Sojo in the News Ellen Teague ...

On Thanksgiving, Jews and Muslims Volunteer Together Despite Middle East Violence
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

It’s an idea that feels particularly poignant this Thanksgiving: American Jews and Muslims banding together to help the homeless and other needy people. WASHINGTON — It’s an idea ...

How To Really Support Our Troops
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Soldier suicides have reached epidemic numbers. As the AP reports, More soldiers are taking their own lives than are falling in battle. Add on top of that, the many who suffer from PTSD, and who as a result fi ...

Awakenings
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

I like the image 'landscape of being' as I see my neighbors around me. I like the action 'continually jumping about' and 'moving imaginatively' as I live with my neighbors, apprec ...

10 Things I Learned in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

"No matter how objective we may think we are or desire to be, we all see the world through a specific telescope/worldview. When we choose to look through the telescope of people who are “different” than u ...

A Series of Curious Events ... and a Chicken
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger With a warm hen under my arm, I remembered Jesus' plea over another empire-ridden city. ...

Just Peace Theory and Foreign Policy
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Just peace theory begins with the idea that peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building is a day-by-blessed-day proposition. Unlike just war theory, it does not begin when violent conflict is imminent. ...

Pacifism in the Scariest Place on Earth
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

While observing the various sites within the DMZ, I thought about how the pacifist Quakers, who founded my school in 1885, would have reacted to such an experience. Recently, I ha ...

REPORT : 'A Window of Hope'
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An opportunity for gang peace in El Salvador If you’re in need of some good news, check out Aaron ...

Leila Sansour
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Six questions for Leila Sansour Bio: Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of th ...

Drones: Forces of Evil in Heavenly Places
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Weaponized drones are demons: evil spirits of the air, specters in the heavens, shadowy presences. “John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, an ...

Transcript: Remarks by the President to the U.N. General Assembly
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY on September 25th, 2012. Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks to th ...

Shane Claiborne: Of Slingshots, Plowshares, and Kitchen Hammers
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

The Y-12 three had a household hammer that they used on the wall of the building, not so much as an act of substantial transformation, but an act of symbolic action pointing toward a God who wants us to study ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we ...

Sudanese Peace Activist Beaten in South Sudan
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, activist rapper Emmanuel Jal was beaten by polic in Juba, South Sudan, while promoting his International Peace Day Concert. Emmanuel Jal—South Sudanese pop music ...

Blindfolded Judges
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

In the bright light of these days’ events it is helpful to be reminded of unalterable truths that transcend party conventions and oppressive governments In the bright light of the ...

Farzana, ‘2 Million Friends’ and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

“Stop fighting,” suggests Farzana, a brave 22-year-old Afghan stage actress. Significantly, her statement is in sharp contrast to what seems to be the democratic world’s unquestioned modus operandi of today, e ...

Behold, The Dreamer Cometh
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Korla Masters Rev. Doug Mork Duane Shank Peggy Flanagan ...

Parting with Sister Anne Montgomery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Anne Montgomery died this week. A great parting has now come, so I take comfort in her words, and rededicate myself to taking direction from them. Anne Montgomery died this week. ...

Israeli Court Rules American Peace Activist Rachel Corrie's Death an 'Accident'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Israeli court rules Rachel Corrie death an "accident" In the spring of 2003 I made myself a T-shirt. It said: "We Are All Rachel Corrie." I wore it as a consta ...

Life, Death, and Connectedness in the Company of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I recognize that with each passing day we are deeply connected within the company of strangers, for they depend upon us, and we deeply depend upon them. This is, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the “single ga ...

Five Examples of Civil Disobedience to Remember
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Five examples of civil disobedience to remember Ever since the global financial cabal drove the world's economies into a ditch, popular movements have been rising up to fight ...

Activist: Fidel Bafilemba
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

When others see destruction, poverty, and war, Fidel envisions the future of his people. It is a future of a Congo lush with natural resources and beauty that benefits, rather than destroys, communities. ...

More Than 12,000 Christians "Starving" in the Village of Rableh: Humanitarian Law is Invoked
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Mussalaha, the popular faith-led peace movement in Syria, smuggles humanitarian aid to blockaded Rableh. Agencia Fides, the Vatican news outlet for Catholic missioners, is the onl ...

Indian Churches Try to Broker Peace in Assam
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Christian churches call for nonviolence in northeast India. Interethnic violence has flashed through India during the conclusion of the Muslim holy season of Ramadan during whic ...

Muslims Brace For Tense Holiday
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Following attacks on seven U.S. mosques in the last two weeks, including three attacks last weekend, many Muslim Americans are approaching the end of Ramadan on Aug. 19 under a cloud of fear as Muslim groups t ...

Conservationist: Dominique Bikaba
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Eastern Congo is home to some of the world’s most stunning scenery—and some of its most brutal and unimaginable violence. The relationship between these two symbols of the region is a close one. ...

'We Are All Oak Creek:' Prayer Vigil Near White House (Photos)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Four hundred people gathered across from the White House last night with a single message: “We are all Oak Creek.” Four hundred people gathered across from the White House last ...