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Religious Leaders Urge a JustPeace Response to ISIS

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Eli S. McCarthy

I understand and deeply share the desire to protect people. But, there are better, more effective, more healthy, and more humanizing ways to protect people and to engage this conflict.

In Chicago, Hoops Tournament Helps Heal, Provides Hope

Isiah Thomas | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Isiah Thomas

Things will not get fixed overnight in Chicago. But it is heartening to see the impact that athletes can have working with community leaders. It is even more moving to see young men and women take a stand against the violence in their communities and work toward a better future.

A Future That Values Everyone

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately." This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres Gutierrez of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit organization that has engaged in peacekeeping work in troubled regions of the world for the last decade.

The Courage to Disarm

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

One of the deeper, darker questions concealed in the maelstrom of rage and grief of Ferguson is this one: What if Officer Darren Wilson had not been armed when he told the two teenagers to get out of the street?

"My Dad's Legacy Is On The Line"

Religion News Service | ELISA CROUCH | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (RNS) The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leaned toward the 30 students facing her inside the library a...

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

Hatred in the Nuclear Era

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Robert Koehler

Despite the ability we now possess to destroy ourselves and most life on this planet, we have barely begun to question our reflexive violence. Doing so requires looking courageously inward.

WATCH: Israeli Refusenik, Udi Segal, Sent to Jail for Refusing to Enlist in the Israeli Military

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

As much of Israeli society -- our society -- is swept up in the fever of the most recent war on Gaza, there are those voices that refuse to accept a present or future of war, hostility, occupation and violence. One of those voices belong to Udi Segal, a 19-year-old Israeli from Kibbutz Tuval.

The Vulnerability that Makes Peace Possible: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

I was privileged enough to chat with Stanley Hauerwas on how our theology impacts our perception of the Other, our political allegiances, and our desired response to our enemies.

Another Modest Proposal

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

We hear it after every mass shooting: "Guns don't kill, people kill," as though actually holding a pistol was in any way the emotional equal to cranking up the nerve to club someone to death. There's a reason we call those little actuators "triggers."

Imagine a Violent World Where You Have No Military Option: What Would You Do?

Marc Gopin | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

When all else fails, consider the power and value of nonviolent resistance methodologies of the variety that Gandhi and Martin Luther King practiced.

Does War Have a Future?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Perhaps the rulers of nations, learning nothing since the time of Alexander the Great, will continue to mobilize their citizens for war until only small bands of miserable survivors roam a barren, charred, radioactive wasteland.

Pasta and Peacemaking: Learning Nonviolence From My Kids

Derek Flood | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Derek Flood

It's amazing to me how much of our spiritual and emotional problems have clear biological and physical causes. The reason he was so demanding is that his body was hungry, and so his brain went into alarm mode:

Vincent Harding Built a New World

Dee Dee Risher | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Dee Dee Risher

Vincent Harding will be mourned by hundreds of thousands of people who had basked in the glow of his slow, gentle smile and heard his quiet, mellow tones of encouragement urge them into the struggle.

Guns, Boys, and Steel: Should We Put Pretend Weapons in Our Children's Hands?

Andrew Andestic | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Andrew Andestic

By the time my second born was 4-years-old he had built an arsenal in the toy room that Rambo would be proud of. Everything, he proved, could be a gun: candy canes, markers, his little sister's diapers, a piece of toast with the bites in all the right places. If he had known about the NRA, he probably would have joined.

Syrian Nonviolent Movements Do Exist

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

the policy and media focus on militant operations overshadow nonviolent Syrian initiatives, which overlooks the necessary factors for peace and reconciliation. Syria nonviolent movements do exist -- and persist -- but without much attention.

The Leading Edge of Peace: Our Evolutionary Path Forward

Matthew Albracht | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

If this burgeoning field of peacebuilding is to reach full potential, we must help catalyze and galvanize a movement behind it and create much stronger systems and infrastructure to support it.

Sharing Dreams: Reflecting on King, Gandhi, and Jainism at Houston's Rothko Chapel

JAINA | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
JAINA

by Katy Dycus If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through reta...

The Important Things We Need To Know About Grief

Megan Devine | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

We need to develop some skillful means both to witness grief, and to live in grief. We need to learn how to support rather than to solve. We need to practice being in there with grief, rather than getting out of it. And we need to hear the distinction between the two.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

We must never forget the full range of Dr. King's vision, nor the full tragedy of the world he sought to heal, nor the revolutionary spirit which he saw as our only hope of achieving his vision -- making do with everything we have to try to keep freedom ringing.

Honoring Dr. King by Ending Capital Punishment

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices
Diann Rust-Tierney

As capital punishment laws come under closer scrutiny, we can expect to see significant progress away from the practice. However, this will not simply happen with the passage of time. It will require a greater level of engagement from the millions of people who now understand that it is time for capital punishment to end.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering a Committed Life

Gary May | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Gary May

Nearly 50 years after his death it is King's words and deeds that live on in the American memory -- not that of the racists who hated him or the Black Power advocates who scorned him.

Shocked by Violence? Try Being Surprised by Peace

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech -- three schools, three places that should be associated with learning and growth and brighter futures. Instead,...

Using Language, Intention, and Awareness: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world -- or just their own community -- a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.