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Call to Pope to Truly Preach Gospel of Peacemaking

Bishop Gumbleton and Frank Cordaro and 1250 others

We waited until the reports came in of the Pope’s speech to the United Nations. Not yet has he not spoken words that any good diplomat could utter:”Five years later, how much more reason you have to call for an immediate end to this war, and to refuse to meet with the President of the United States until that is accomplished.” –thanks to Institute for Public Accuracy
Apr 18, 2008

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Inventing a Word for Trauma: Adrien Niyongabo and the Trauma Healing and Reconcilliation Service

Lois Barton with Helen Park

As we mark the sad, 5th anniversary year of US occupation in Iraq, we think of all the people who have needlessly suffered. This story gives hope that after terrible and tragic events, healing from trauma is possible. This speaker from Burundi says: “Post-traumatic stress disorder is epidemic in those countries affected by the genocide, but the languages did not even have a word for trauma. People described such terrible symptoms and experiences that the word was coined for trauma that could be literally translated as ‘to take out your heart and put it back upside down.’ “– a feature at WxNW.org

Mar 20, 2008

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Prisons and Peacemaking: An Interview with Helen Park

Lois Barton

“Helen says, ‘The AVP curriculum in the most effective I’ve ever found in many years of work in education. It is based on a concept we call simply Transforming Power, the innate capacity of every individual to transform a potentially violent situation with a peaceful solution. Everyone has Transforming Power. We don’t teach it. We help people recognize it and decide to use it… Another wonderful aspect of the workshops is the incredible ethnic and religious diversity – the prisons are the most multicultural settings in Oregon. Unfortunately, most of the time prisoners remain fairly segregated from each other. AVP gives them a safe place to learn about each other and practice nonviolence together.’ ” – a feature at WxNW.org

Nov 13, 2007

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How to Make People Happier and Save the Environment

Tom Fox talks with Bill McKibben

” ‘For some reason, we’ve gotten stuck in a kind of hyper-individualistic mode that makes it very difficult for us to have either an ecological functioning society or one that works to the best advantage for most people,’ says Bill McKibben. He talks with Tom Fox about how to solve these problems.” The writer and ecologist Bill McKibben makes a Podcast with summary at NCR Cafe.org and a dial-up option for us country folks. – with a link to National Catholic Reporter’s Cafe

Nov 13, 2007

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Biking for Peace: A Journey of H.O.P.E.

Michele Dar and Vernon Huffman

How can we live without oil? Ask Michele and Vernon. With hope and H.O.P.E., disks and diapers, Catalyst for Healing Our People and Earth, and Bike4Peace, “a community of cyclists crossing the continent,” are starting an epic journey this March 17th in Portland and biking all the way to Washington D.C. in September, via the southern route. They plan to connect with people in towns large and small. As they encourage community building potlucks, they will be open to hot showers and simple hospitality of the road. “We’re going to try to post a regular video journal of the journey” and blogs… “Catalysts of HOPE and Bike4Peace are building a network of people… We can use your help with communication, passing the word along to encourage participation” with your church or neighborhood. –with a thanks to Peg Morton and a link to Emissaries of Hope.org

Mar 8, 2007

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A Veteran at the Armistice Day Candlelight Vigil

David Duncombe

“Veteran’s Day has a special meaning for me. It’s not just a day that we listen to patriotic speeches, see old war films on T.V., and put flags by the graves of the fallen. It’s a day when I remember the friends that I trained with at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, over 50 years ago. Most of us were veterans of WWII recalled to active duty at the beginning of the Korean War. And we thought we were something! We were told that we were the best trained and best equipped army in the World, that we were going up against a peasant militia that would run before our firepower, led by a tin-horn dictator –and that most of us would be home for Christmas…” -with a thanks to Susan Gabay and Lois Barton and a link to Columbia River Fellowship for Peace

Nov 24, 2006

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Mourning 9/11, Politically and Prophetically

Dr Nick Megoran

“The church should not confuse the bloody wars

between fallen human political systems with the struggle between the kingdom of God and evil. In deciding whom to mourn and how, it should be lead by the Holy Spirit and scripture, not CNN. As Charles Spurgeon found in preaching about the 1858 ‘Indian Mutiny’, and Archbishop Runcie discovered in refusing to turn the Falklands Islands service into a victory celebration, this can lead to criticism. If the price is popularity, so be it. Whilst politicians seek to make mourning political, it is the church’s job to ensure that it remains prophetic.” –a feature at WxNW.org

Nov 20, 2006

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Gandhi and the Future of Non-violent Transformation

Peg Morton

“‘September 11, 2006, was not only a time to commomorate the tragic and horrible suicide attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It was also the 100th anniversary of the launching in South Africa of Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of nonviolent resistance… The convergence of these two anniversaries is amazing. It is a convergence of an example of the tragic, of violence in the extreme, and of hope, hope that grows from memory, knowledge of the successes and the inspiration of so many nonviolent movements over the past century that have been taught by and nurtured in the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.” –especially dedicated to our kind Indian readers on the occasion of Gandhi’s birthday -a feature at WxNW.org

Sep 29, 2006

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The Globalization of Hibakusha

Joseph Gerson

Searching for an example of why the world be may wary of “the bomb,” we happened on this archived gem. From Japan and Tahiti to Kazakhstan and New Mexico you will find hibakusha, survivors of atomic weapons and testing, waste, and uranium mining. Here are the words of Dorothy Purley, a Navajo from New Mexico fighting cancer: “‘Help us to teach the rest of the world that no good can come from such mass destruction and that there are never really any winners but only victims of war.'” –with a link to PeaceWork Magazine.org

Sep 22, 2006

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U.S. and Iran: A Tangled History

National Catholic Reporter Staff

To see where we are going it is useful to see where we have been. Understanding the historical “legacy” of troubled relations is one key to peace: “Such questions, however, cannot be raised apart from the consequences that flowed from U.S. involvement in Iran’s internal affairs beginning in the mid-1950s. Mohammad Mossadegh came to power in Iran in 1951… according to author Steven Kinzer in his recent book, Overthrow, “believed passionately in two causes: nationalism and democracy. The nationalism part got him in trouble… Dulles enlisted the newly created CIA to perform the deed and, against all assessments from U.S. intelligence in the field and the overwhelming evidence that Mossadegh was competent, revered by his people, progressive and in love with democracy, he was overthrown…” –with a link to NCR.org

Sep 22, 2006

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Violence is a False Redeemer

Editorial Staff of The National Catholic Reporter

“Whatever the vicissitudes of war in this latest round of insanity in the Middle East, the saddest fact is that the ones most affected on both sides of the border — the Israelis who constantly take cover from Hezbollah missiles, and the Lebanese left to fear an Israeli air strike — are civilians. It is overwhelmingly kids and noncombatants who so far have paid the price. Some may bristle at the equation of the destruction by a self-described terrorist group such as Hezbollah with the destruction wreaked by the sovereign state of Israel. But is there room for the kind of pragmatism that understands that every missile lobbed into northern Israel and every new dead or maimed Israeli civilian assures that this war will go on and that Israeli enmity toward the Arab world will deepen? Isn’t it clear that every Israeli strike in Lebanon that produces more innocent death and the destruction of infrastructure is seeding the next generation of hatred and the next mob shouting, ‘Death to Israel!’ …The myth of redemptive violence, writes Wink in The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium, ‘speaks for God; it does not listen for God to speak.’ ” –with a link to NCR.org

Aug 11, 2006

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New Middle East Discussion Guide

Sojourners Staff

“It has been said that up to 70 percent of the conflicts in the world today stem from the still-unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is crucial for Christians to understand the Middle East and work to transform an ineffectual peace process to an effective peace strategy… –with a link to Sojourners.org

Jul 15, 2006

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Peace Through Poverty, The Simply Rich Life of Charles Gray

Kera Abraham

A great salute to a great person: “Most people spend their lives trying to gain wealth. Charles Gray spent his trying to get rid of it. He went from involuntarily poor to unwittingly wealthy to voluntarily, joyously, rebelliously poor. In his last decade he took up a simple middle class life, and on July 8 he died… Gray was a peace and social justice activist, an accredited political sociologist and amateur statistician, a husband three times over and a great-grandfather. But he was most widely known for living 18 years on less than $100 per month — an amount he figured every human could consume to sustain an economically fair, environmentally sane planet.” –with a thanks to Ms. Abraham and a link to The Eugene Weekly

Jul 13, 2006

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AJ Muste, The 20th Century’s Most Famous U.S. Pacifist

Charles F. Howlett

“There is no way to peace. Peace is the Way.”–AJ Muste. We invoke his name but what was his history and what did Muste really do? “In 1939, when war clouds over Europe became darker by the hour, Time magazine called Abraham Johannes Muste ‘the Number One U.S. Pacifist.’ The designation was certainly appropriate and he wore the label proudly. From World War I until his death in 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War, Muste stood out in the struggle against war and social injustice in the United States… Muste provided guidance to Martin Luther King Jr., after the latter’s emergence as the chief spokesman for the nonviolent wing of the civil rights movement. Muste encouraged him to read the works of Woolman, Jones, Gandhi, and Thoreau, and when King’s own growing resistance to the Vietnam War took center stage, Muste stood by him on all counts.” – with a thanks and link to Friends Journal

Jun 10, 2006

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US Officer Speakes Out Against Iraq War

William Cole, The Honolulu Advertiser Military Writer

As during the Vietnam-American War, soldiers are asking, Is there a particular kind of conscientious objector that can see some armed response as tragic but valid when there is no other choice and an other as illegal and immoral? ” ‘I would sit in prison or die for that belief:’ Watada is believed to be the first military officer to publicly take steps to refuse his deployment orders in the 3-year-old Iraq war. In doing so, he’s become a lightning rod for a nation polarized over Iraq…” – with a thanks to WMN and a link to The Honolulu Advertiser

Jun 10, 2006

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