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5 Books on Making Nonviolence Work in a Scary World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

Obama's Nobel Speech, Violence, and Nonviolence: Who's Na
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The president's campaign speech in Philadelphia on race and his speech earlier this year to the Muslim world from Egypt were, in my mind, two of the most important presidential speeches of my lifet ...

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 ...

Remembering Merton on the 40th Anniversary of His Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. 1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. In April, we reflected on 40 th anniversary ...

India's Challenge after Mumbai 26/11: Don't Repeat America's Mistakes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit the same mistakes as the United States in its war on terror. After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit th ...

Burma's Untold Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Soldiers entering villages and killing people on sight. Landmines blowing pregnant women to smithereens. There's no way this is really going on. The world would never tolerate this. ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

Deadly Delays as Zimbabwe's Talks Drag On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and off, the delays have turned deadly -- literally. As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and ...

Ethnic Cleansing in Orissa: India's Persecuted Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In India, the world's largest democracy, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sunday_Specials/The_Audacity_of_Hope/articleshow/3690305.cms">millions applauded the recent U.S. ...

Addicted to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neglected baby boy away from his crackhead mother and made him her own. Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neg ...

Sacred Pilgrimages to the School of the Americas and El Salvador
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last spring, I made a pilgrimage to rural El Salvador to learn about the violence that had occurred there during the U.S-supported <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadoran_Civil_War&qu ...

Is the Dream Fulfilled? Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Where have all the prosperity preachers gone? It seems like only yesterday when we were hearing about prosperity preachers and messages about God pouring out financial blessing. ...

Signs that SOA/WHINSEC is Losing its Grip on Latin America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This weekend, an estimated 30,000 people will meet in protest at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to close the School of the Americas. This weekend, an estimated 30,000 people ...

Obama's Promise to Close Guantanamo and the Value of Your Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being elected, promised to close Guantanamo Bay. President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being electe ...

Just Peacemaking and Counterinsurgency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).</p> Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but ...

A Pro-Lifer Who Welcomes the Obama Presidency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In many situations I'm hesitant to use the term "pro-life," as for a lot of people it really means nothing more than "anti-abortion." To be pro-life should mean doing all that one can ...

A Pastor's Brother Killed in the Colombian Army's Grotesque Fraud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>If no one speaks out, the violence is going to continue. Someone has to give voice to what is hidden. If no one speaks out, the violence is going to c ...

Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, includ ...

Changing Places: How the Obama Election Transformed Historic Locations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Having talked to many friends since the election, I am conscious of how lots of us are still trying to let what happened sink in. Having talked to many friends since the election, ...

A Prayer for a New President and a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

God of Abraham, Miriam, Hannah, Rizpah, and David...<br /> God of Elijah, Amos, Ruth, Isaiah, Deborah...<br /> God of Mary, John the Baptizer, Peter, Paul, Philemon and Onesimus... ...

A Consistent Ethic of Life from the Unborn to Baghdad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Two pictures rotating on my laptop's screen-saver instantaneously rotate in my mind each time I hear a candidate or a preacher address the "value of human life."</p> ...

A Tribute to Gayle Williams, Christian Martyr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Life is a gift.</p> Life is a gift. It is a gift from God, creation, nature, father, and especially mother. It is a gift in the sense of the pure gift, the gift that as ...

The Sad Truth about the Surge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In a recent conversation I had about the coming election, a friend reiterated the campaign rhetoric that the "surge" in Iraq has worked, and that Barack Obama ought to admit that John McCain was ri ...

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, ...

The Legacy of Wartime Slurs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I thought our culture had no more use for wartime curses. Granted, my sophisticated analysis is nothing more than noticing if people are calling <em>me</em> any names, until I realized ...

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, ...

One Day, I Will Join the NRA
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week, The New York Times ran an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/opinion/10wed2.html?_r=1&amp;oref=slogin">editorial </a>about H.R. 6691, follow-up legislation ...

'Meaner Streets' in D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. political issues, the Sojourners policy team made an exception on a n ...

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 ...

Who's Winning in Colombia's Conflict?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What have you heard about the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/13/AR2008051300800.html">paramilitary leaders extradited to the U.S</a>. ...

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 ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Tragically, the culture war crossed over fighting words to shooting bullets. Once again, a community of faith was caught in the crossfire. Tragically, the culture war crossed over ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Tragically, the culture war crossed over fighting words to shooting bullets. Once again, a community of faith was caught in the crossfire. Tragically, the culture war crossed over ...

Seeking Wisdom in Zimbabwe's Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><p><em>I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; <br /> I possess knowledge and discretion. <br /> To ...

Making Sense of Zimbabwe's Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p><em>Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your ...

Four Iraqi Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the unique opportunity of meeting with four Iraqi evangelicals at a conference in a country near Iraq. They were young church leaders. Recently, I had the unique o ...

Good News from Colombia: Rescue of FARC Hostages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Its been months since I&acute;ve written anything about the current events in Colombia. But I can't let "the hug the country has been waiting for" slip by without comment.</p> ...

Don't Shoot!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

"Don't shoot -- I want to grow up," read the protest sign an 11-year-old boy held in the wake of 30-plus shootings of Chicago schoolchildren this school year. " ...

Gundamentalism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last week's headlines blared the news: The Supreme Court has ruled that there is a constitutional right to gun ownership. Last week's headlines blared the news: The Supr ...

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 ...

Khartoum Continues to Undermine Peace Efforts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the past week, the blood-stained regime ruling Sudan has once again engaged in "<a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/node/910" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/node/910">o ...

Diplomatic Progress, Continuing Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I will begin with some positive news of growing international pressure on the Zimbabwean government. I will begin with some positive news of growing international pressure on the ...

Things Fall Apart: Prayer Requests for South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr"><p><em>Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;<br /> Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,<br /> The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywher ...

Diplomacy = Hitler Appeaser?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

President Bush's remarks, made last week in Israel, suggesting that anyone who wishes to talk with a violent enemy is the contemporary equivalent of a Hitler appeaser, are so wide of the mark, patr ...

A Call for African Solidarity Against Xenophobic Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a South African, it is a downright shame that brothers and sisters from other countries in Africa <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05/zimbabweans-face-new-violence.html& ...

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 ...

Don Imus and VA Tech - A Year Later
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>It was only a short year ago that "shock jock" Don Imus chose to refer to the accomplished women playing in the NCAA Basketball Finals as "nappy-headed hoes," later billing the mat ...

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& ...