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'The Iron Lady' or 'The Lady'

4 Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 01/17/12 02:01 PM ET

The Iron Lady and The Lady appeared within days of each other. These two newly released films, one about Great Britain's Margaret Thatcher, the other about Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi, consider the lives of two extraordinary political leaders. In terms of production and acting, there is no real comparison...

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Peace on Earth

6 Comments | Posted December 25, 2011 | 12/25/11 09:00 AM ET

Throughout the Western World these days, and well beyond, we hear the hope of Christmas expressed in song and word, peace on earth. But how do we turn this creed into deed? How do we move from hope to practice?

Much of what we do, whether as nations and...

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11/11/11: Our Instinct for Unity

Posted October 25, 2011 | 10/25/11 07:33 PM ET

Col. Gaddafi is dead. Pray that there may now be peace for the people of Libya. Not that it will be an easy transition, after decades of brutal dictatorship and after bloody battles of civil war and the violent killing of Gaddafi. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "brute-force" is incapable of...

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Remembering the Past, Re-membering the Future

Posted September 9, 2011 | 09/09/11 12:47 PM ET

Do we have hope for the future? It has been important these days to look back, to honor those who died 10 years ago on 9/11, and to look into the face of our divisions as nations and religious traditions. The question now is, how do we move forward? How...

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Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace

Posted August 13, 2011 | 08/13/11 09:03 AM ET

I do not know how many Christians have read the Quran. And I do not know how many Muslims have read the Christian Scriptures. But I do know that until we come back into relationship, until we begin to learn the wisdom at the heart of one another's traditions, we...

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The Praying for Peace Initiative

Posted July 14, 2011 | 07/14/11 12:28 PM ET

In January this year I was part of creating the Praying for Peace Initiative. Our founding meeting happened just outside Santa Fe. That same evening we gazed across the high desert landscape of New Mexico and saw the distant lights of the Los Alamos National Laboratory where the atom bombs...

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