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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...

What is this Generation's Call to Duty?

Johann Berlin | Posted 11.16.2015 | 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.

Escalating Humanitarian Crisis on the Aegean Sea: A Yogi's View

Becky Thompson Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Becky Thompson Ph.D.

Now, in Greece, he and the 120 others who arrived yesterday will continue on their arduous journey, first to Molyvos, a coastal town that is about an hour's uphill walk from the shore, then on a bus to a locked detention facility in Mytilini, then to Athens where they will receive authorization for a temporary stay in Greece.

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence Now

John Dear | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
John Dear

The death of unarmed Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore demonstrate the profound systemic injustice in our country, as well as the complete misunderstanding and widespread hypocrisy about nonviolence.

Communities That Matter: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in daily giving we were honored to provide funding that helps make life better for people around the world. From a culturally sensitive Ebola-eradication effort in Sierra Leone to a free/low-cost means of legal support for African Immigrants in Texas, our daily giving community at The Pollination Project is happy to announce the seven micro-grants we've made this week.

Baltimore Is Burning -- Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Baltimore is my home town -- the birth place of Jonah House, a Christian nonviolent resistance community founded by my parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister. Those places that the whole world is seeing "going crazy" on the news? They are my geography, my history, who I am.

You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Kills You: Baltimore, Freddie Gray and the Problem of History

Yohuru Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

As residents of Maryland and the nation brace for what could potentially be another night of civil unrest in Baltimore, it is important to pause and reflect on what has brought us to the current moment.

Absurdity's Traveling Road Show Makes an Impromptu Appearance in Baltimore

Byron Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

Assuming that most can agree that one should not become belligerent toward police officers when asked to walk on the sidewalk, run from police officers while detained, or sell illegal cigarettes, can we not also agree that such infractions do not warrant a death sentence? Is that not absurdity?

Idiots of the World, Unite

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was left with the same quandary as ever: How will things ever change? How will human society let go of violence -- "good violence," which is the most seductive and most destructive of all -- when its utterly crucial necessity permeates the media, permeates collective thought?

Creating the History You Want to Share

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For almost 30 years, people in Georgia's Fifth District -- and all of America -- have been able to count on this person of unquestionable integrity, someone who shares our hunger for justice and love of the planet.

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment -- Jim Forest's Much Needed Meditation on a Shamefully Neglected Teaching

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

The inspiring talk Jim Forest gave at an Orthodox Peace Fellowship conference I organized in Abbotsford, BC in the summer of 2012 only reaffirmed his stoic humility.