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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 ...

Six Questions for Leila Sansour
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Leila Sansour, Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of the nonprofit Open Bethlehem ...

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 ...

Wisconsin Shooting, A Culture of Violence, and Why Prayer is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

This is the moment, once again, where we commit ourselves to the calling of peace. We do it because God’s deepest desire for us is to have life and have it abundantly. We do it because Jesus knows the physical ...

'To Protect Peace'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Faith leaders and others protest a planned military base on a South Korean island. IF YOU HAVE eve ...

War Crimes and Misdemeanors
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Hey Pres. Obama: The Nobel Peace Prize committee is calling. They want their medal back. HEY PRESIDE ...

Was Jesus a Pacifist?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a question from Christian Piatt's book Banned Questions About Jesus. It is on sale on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 through July 25. Edito ...

Fighting the Real Enemy: Fear
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!" Siham Abu ...

Witness
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maritza Rivera "There is nothing casual / about casualties of war." There is nothing casual about ...

Aung Sun Suu Kyi and Rodney King
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Both of these individuals are important because of their choices for peace. In 1991, Rodney King was stopped and beaten by a group of Los Angeles police officers. The stop was not ...

Mixed Memories of Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Last week was Memorial Day, but if you are like me your memories of the day are fraught with colorful childhood parades but also with horrors filled with sadness. It makes one wish for the power to short-circu ...

Preventing an Iranian Bomb
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons. CA ...

Stunned and Hopeful
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians ...

We Are Unstoppable! Another World Is Possible!
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Christopher Sofolo reflects on the NATO demonstrations in Chicago earlier this month: "Amidst a swirl of percussion the crowd was chanting: 'We are unstoppable! Another world is possible!'" ...

War at What Cost? A Veteran Perspective
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

This unfathomable amount of money was approved by the House of Representatives in the National Defense Authorization Act. These funds will serve to bring suffering and pain to innocent people, further militari ...

Coming Home: The New Afghan Mission
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Gen. John Allen, the U.S./NATO commander in Afghanistan, is reorienting the military mission in Afghanistan. As U.S. troops leave, Afghan troops must take the lead. Gen. John All ...

Human Rights Watch Slams NATO for Civilian Deaths in Libya
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

For Reuters, Sebastian Moffett reports on a new Human Rights Watch report. For  Reuters ,  Sebastian Moffett  reports on a new Human Rights Watch report: "In a r ...

Support For War In Afghanistan At All Time Low
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort of the war in Afghanistan. From  The Associated Press '  Anne Gearan : "Support for the war in Af ...

Israel and Palestine: There is Hope
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

I was asked recently, is there really any hope for Israel? The answer is yes, there is. Imagine living in a United States of America where every single citizen over the age of 18 ...

Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Akiva Eldar describes the weakness of the Israeli government when faced with non-violent protest A provocative piece this morning from Akiva Eldar, chief political columni ...

The Cost of the Military
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 11:17pm | Type: Blog

The budget for UN Peacekeeping operations for fiscal year July 2011-30 June 2012 is about $7.84 billion. That’s 0.5 percent of what the world spends on its militaries. Each year, ...

The Lesson of History
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The analogy with Tet is not exact, but the lesson from history is worth heeding. An indigenous insurgency, with safe haven in another country, fighting an occupation force and a government it has installed, wi ...

Was Jesus a Fundamentalist?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

“If Jesus was your only source of information about what Christianity should look like, how would you live your life?” When I was in my early 20’s, a Bible teacher by the name of ...

Hope, Caught on Film
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, anonymous U.S. officials told the media that the U.S. military wouldn't stop the drone-launched missile attacks, which they have been carrying out for years within Pakistan. ...

Just Bring Them Home
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

George Masters, combat veteran and freelance writer, writes of driving behind a car with two 'Support Our Troops' ribbons. In his head, he responds. George Masters, comb ...

Afghanistan Massacre Shows War Has Failed
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

After weeks of tumultuous upheaval, the slaying allegedly by a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant is just the most recent incident undermining U.S. objectives to win hearts and minds. Frankly, that mission has long been ...

Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...

IRAQ REFLECTION: A Small Miracle in Suleimaniya
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

A Christian peacemaker in Kurdish Iraq responds to the sudden killing of an American Christian school teacher by an Iraqi student. The news spread through the city of Suleimaniya ...