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How to Convert a Terrorist in Three Grades or Less

Jeffrey E. Stern | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jeffrey E. Stern

There was a child we will call Meena. She lived in Pakistan. She was a child of energy and initiative. She was six years old when she attempted her first terrorist attack.

Reflections on Dr. King's Legacy for Today's Politics of Intolerance

Eric Kingson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Eric Kingson

With the rhetoric of intolerance and the drumbeat of war dominating the Republican Party's presidential spectacle, this is an important time to reflect on how Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movement he embodied changed our nation and our lives for the better.

Honor Dr. King By Rejecting Violence in All Its Forms

Mike Weisser | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Not only is violence sanctioned in the American legal fabric, but when efforts are made to curb violence through lawful means, the gun lobby and its sycophants in and out of the media resist such efforts on a continuous and usually successful basis.

MLK Knew That Words Are More Powerful Than Violence

Myrlie Evers | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Myrlie Evers

Today, as we are celebrating Dr. King, let's take a minute and reflect on his life, but also rededicate ourselves to stopping the cycle of violence. We can disagree with one another, but rather than pulling the trigger we should have a conversation.

The State of Our Union Is Strong (in Oregon)

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The state of Oregon has offered us nearly two weeks of a 21st century governing challenge. One that has demonstrated a durable, resilient democracy among American citizens.

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Talk Like A Woman

Anthony Conwright | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Anthony Conwright

This post was originally published on Son, You have not been born or conceived. As of now, you are still an idea that exists some...

Spiritual Nonviolence: From the Center of the Battlefield to the Center of Bliss

Swami B.V. Tripurari | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Swami B.V. Tripurari

After all our worldly effort, we want to enjoy the fruits of our work. We are attached to enjoying the results of our activities, and this attachment motivates how we walk in the world. Unfortunately, action motivated by this attachment is not conducive to sitting in meditation.

Christmas, Violence and the Economy

Kutter Callaway | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Kutter Callaway

Today I want to highlight my colleague's trenchant analysis of the film Of Gods and Men, in part because we are in the midst of the Christmas season, but also because of the ways in which this movie invites us all to reconsider our approach to violence, terrorism, and the economy in light of Christmas.

Aung San Suu Kyi and Katniss Everdeen

Susanne Dumbleton | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Susanne Dumbleton

Two worldviews taunt me these days. As a writer covering Aung San Suu Kyi's campaign for democracy in Burma/Myanmar, I'm mesmerized by the election in...

It Is Time for a Rededication

Rev. Dan Schatz | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dan Schatz

There is something sacred in the act of lighting a flame. This time of year brings many such rituals -- the Yule log, the Christmas candle and the Chanukah menorah, among others. Each, in its own way, reminds us that our lives need never be engulfed by darkness so long as we remember to kindle a light.

An Open Letter To Jerry Falwell Jr, Students And Faculty Of Liberty University

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Your message faithfully represents a longstanding (and ugly) stream of American culture and politics. You could spiritually form a generation of people who think of themselves as "Champions for Christ" but who actually become a mirror image of the violent religious warriors you fear and reject.

Since When Did Scapegoating And Taking Revenge Become American And Christian Principles?

David Mochel | Posted 11.27.2015 | Religion
David Mochel

I am tired of letting the loudest among us be those who call for un-American behavior in the name of patriotism. I am tired of letting the dialogue be monopolized by those who pass off prejudice as faith. Compassion matters. Dignity matters. Standing for something worthwhile is rarely easy.

The Compromised Road to Peace in the Middle East: Having Our Cake and Not Eating It Too

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

This is another our-interference-in-the-Middle-East-got-us-into-this-mess piece. For this, I'm not ashamed.

China at a Tipping Point: Ecological and Spiritual Awakening

Zilong Wang | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Zilong Wang

There is the China we hear about in the news: largest economy in the world; lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and into urban areas; largest CO2 emitter; entrenched corruption; toxic air; poisoned food and water; growing disparity; political uncertainties; global expansion and entanglement...

Non-Violence: Our Generation's Call to Duty?

Johann Berlin | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
Johann Berlin

While the correct path forward against this enemy remains uncertain, what is clear to me is that we cannot fight injustice with more unjust actions, like blaming the very people who are trying to flee this enemy.

Becoming Human

Yara Zgheib | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion
Yara Zgheib

There was once a man who lived in Dadri, an Indian town in Northwest Uttar Pradesh. Most people in Dadri are Hindu, but Mohammad Akhlaq was Muslim. One night, after he had gone to bed, one hundred men stormed his house, dragged him into the street, and stoned him to death.

YWCA Week Without Violence: You Likely Know a Victim

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

While you may not be aware, you likely know someone who is a victim of domestic violence. There is a common misconception that domestic violence must always entail some form of physical abuse -- this is far too simplistic of a definition.

The Illusion of Calmness

Sami Awad | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Sami Awad

Some say that breaking the structures created by Oslo can lead to chaos and unprecedented violence; that it is insane to even consider such an option. To those voices I say, look at where we are now?

On the Arming of "Serious" Christians

Preston Shipp | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Preston Shipp

In calling Christians to take up arms, Ramsey has failed to reckon with some of Jesus' most challenging instructions, commands that strike at the very heart of the gospel. He is encouraging Christians to place their trust in the wrong thing.

We Have More in Common Than in Conflict: Reflections for International Day of Peace

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Human conflict and violence happen due to root causes: poverty, injustice, inequality and fundamentalism. Our children grow up with this.

Calling for a Revolution -- the Entrepreneurial Kind

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Steve Mariotti

The purpose of this article is to start a revolution. A non-violent one, based on voluntary change in civil society.

Make Love Not War: A Basic Intro to Just War, Pacifism and Just Peacemaking

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

In the broad scope of understanding how we as humans in general, and Christians specifically, are called to live in a world with violence, there are a few big ideas. The first is Just War, the second is Pacifism, and the third is Just Peacemaking.

Bob Dylan and America's 70-Year Nuclear Nightmare

John Dear | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
John Dear

I thought Bob Dylan's statement was profound. We've always had war, and all kinds of related evils, but with Hiroshima, we crossed the line with this new demonic power and insane preparation to destroy the entire planet. We said to God, "What it took you 15 billion years to make, we can destroy in 15 minutes."

After Charleston

Tom F. Driver | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Tom F. Driver

The most amazing thing has been the public reaction of the victims' families, who have, as they say, refused to let the mass murders push them into hatred. Instead of calling for revenge, or even "justice," they offered forgiveness. It is the strongest affirmation of nonviolence I have ever heard.

Palestinians Waver Between Politics and Nonviolent Revolution

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The best way to show support and solidarity for leaders to take courageous decision is to come up with a national non-violent strategy for liberation that is agreed to by all Palestinians.