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Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 31, 2015

Modern Peace Makers: Weekly Summary

Modern Peace Makers Summary: Sunday, October 25-Friday, October 30, 2015 “Every thought, every word, and every action that adds to the positive and the wholesome is a contribution to peace. Each and every one of us is capable of making such a contribution.” —Aung San Suu Kyi (Sunday) “Non-violence is not a garment to be put… Continue Reading Modern Peace Makers: Weekly Summary

October 30, 2015

Desmond Tutu: Economy of Grace

Modern Peace Makers Desmond Tutu: Economy of Grace Friday, October 30, 2015 Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence. —Desmond Tutu [1] Desmond Tutu (b. 1931) is the first black Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and has used his position to defend human rights, fighting poverty, homophobia, racism, and sexism. Tutu’s work… Continue Reading Desmond Tutu: Economy of Grace

October 29, 2015

Cesar Chavez: Solidarity in Action

Modern Peace Makers Cesar Chavez: Solidarity in Action Thursday, October 29, 2015 In giving of yourself, you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love. —Cesar Chavez [1] Though he is fondly remembered by Mexican Americans, Cesar Chavez is not otherwise well known in the United States, so I will share some… Continue Reading Cesar Chavez: Solidarity in Action

October 28, 2015

Dorothy Day: Crying Out for Justice

Modern Peace Makers Dorothy Day: Crying Out for Justice Wednesday, October 28, 2015 We must cry out against injustice or by our silence consent to it. If we keep silent, the very stones of the street will cry out. —Dorothy Day [1] I was delighted to hear Pope Francis mention the American Catholics Thomas Merton… Continue Reading Dorothy Day: Crying Out for Justice

October 27, 2015

Martin Luther King: Redemptive Suffering

Modern Peace Makers Martin Luther King: Redemptive Suffering Tuesday, October 27, 2015 I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship. —Martin Luther King, Jr. [1] Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968) learned from Gandhi how Jesus’ teachings could be… Continue Reading Martin Luther King: Redemptive Suffering

October 26, 2015

Gandhi: The Spring of Nonviolence

Modern Peace Makers Gandhi: The Spring of Nonviolence Monday, October 26, 2015 Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable. —Mahatma Gandhi [1] As I said last week, to create peaceful change, we must begin by remembering who we are in God. I believe this is why Mahatma… Continue Reading Gandhi: The Spring of Nonviolence

October 25, 2015

Joining Hands in Peace

Modern Peace Makers Joining Hands in Peace Sunday, October 25, 2015 As I mentioned last week, nonviolence has been taught and modeled by various individuals and religions throughout history. Yet only in the last century has nonviolence become more widely accepted and practiced. This week I’ll briefly introduce several of the “modern peacemakers” whose work… Continue Reading Joining Hands in Peace

October 24, 2015

Healing Our Violence: Weekly Summary

Healing Our Violence Summary: Sunday, October 18-Friday, October 23, 2015 The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, from being one with everyone and everything. (Sunday) Your absolute foundation is communion with God and others. This is the “deepest me” to which you must return before you act. (Monday) “God… Continue Reading Healing Our Violence: Weekly Summary

October 23, 2015

A Nonviolent Reformation

Healing Our Violence A Nonviolent Reformation Friday, October 23, 2015 Jesus lived a nonviolent life, taught it, and died it, yet the tradition that proceeded from his teaching didn’t even understand the concept enough to have a word for it. Mark Kurlansky writes that “The concept has been praised by every major religion. Throughout history… Continue Reading A Nonviolent Reformation

October 22, 2015

The Warrior Archetype

Healing Our Violence The Warrior Archetype Thursday, October 22, 2015 The warrior is a timeless, primal archetype at the core of both individuals and groups. Men especially are attracted to warrior energy. All the hunters, defenders, athletes, guards, knights, and samurais are, in fact, telling us there’s something valuable about focus, determination, and courage for… Continue Reading The Warrior Archetype

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