Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
September 29, 2016
On Being – Courage to Speak, Humility to Listen – Parker Palmer argues that we can all make a difference in improving our democracy and change the tone of national politics if we start talking with each other across our own personal lines of disagreement
If we value things like friendship, family, community, education, workplaces that work, and democracy, there’s a minimum requirement. We must learn to talk with each other, even when we disagree. Not “at” each other, or even “to” each other, but “with” each other!
UMNS – New bishop recalls questions about segregated church – The United Methodist News Service profiles Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and how she hopes the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference can be a model for the denomination through dialogue on difficult conversations.
“We will be uniquely positioned to be able to model for the denomination how folks who don’t think alike can love alike,” she said. “Part of that process involves genuine conversation, talking with each other, and not at each other.”
Rick Love – Offering an Alternative Narrative – Rick Love warns about the single-story conflict narrative we are drawn to about the “other” and shows the need for alternative narratives that highlight the numerous peacemaking initiatives between religions that go largely unnoticed.
We are naturally drawn to conflict narratives. No one wants to read about a protest that ends peacefully or the plane that lands safely. Unfortunately, this disposition to conflict narratives shapes and skews our perspective about “the other.” Fed by a steady diet of single-story (one-sided) conflict narratives, many American Christians have come to the conclusion that all Muslims are at odds with one another and support terrorism, and many Muslims have come to view Christians as war-mongers who are materialistic and immoral. These are stereotypes that are, on a whole, extreme exaggerations that can lead to misunderstanding, fear, distrust, and hatred.
Religion News Service – Moral Injury is an Assault on the Soul – Martin Marty writes about the devastating effects of moral injury, recommends books on the subject, and lifts up the military chaplains who are confronting this important issue.
“But as I read and study these matters, I am constantly thrown back to empathize with those who have professional and then vocational and especially religious-vocational commitments. These come into focus most in the calling of military chaplains, a fact that led me to the work of Jensen and Childs.”
Reporter-Herald – Loveland church opens discussion on Islam – First United Methodist Church of Loveland, CO is offering a weekly study for members of the congregation and community to learn more about Islam with the goal of clearing up misconceptions about the religion and the Muslims who practice it.
“It’s not just about learning about a religion or different people; it’s about creating friendships and a deeper understanding between people,” Goodier said. “The Muslim community can’t be just them — people out there — they need to be part of us, all of us together, in Northern Colorado.”
Kraybill Table – Nothing About Us Without Us – Ron Kraybill reminds us of the importance to focus on the root causes while realizing that
“If you want to fight for justice, go for root causes. Fight for good process, starting with the groups where you hold power or influence. If you don’t make good process a priority there, your base will eventually collapse and everything you’ve done will be lost.”
World Council of Churches News – Religious Leaders of Many Faiths Talk Peace in Assisi – Over 450 religious leaders from around the world recently gathered in Italy to discuss religious extremism, ecumenism and the preconditions for peace.
“Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders met this week in Assisi to discuss peace, while across the ocean in New York City global political leaders assembled at the United Nations also focussed on a troubled world.”
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- October 17, 2016, 12-2pm When Inequality is Pervasive, Can We Go On Together? Transforming Conflict…Choosing Community. David Anderson Hooker, PhD presents at the University of Denver’s Conflict Resolution Institute.
- October 19th, 2016 – Webinar: Restorative Justice, Restorative Theology, Restorative Church – This webinar hosted by Eastern Mennonite University will feature Chris Marshall and Ted Lewis and explore how restorative frameworks can be adapted and used in congregational settings.
- November 2, 2016 – Lombard Mennonite Peace Center: Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: A Family Systems Perspective – Atlanta, GA. The seminar on Leadership and Anxiety in the Church looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.
- November 10-13, 2016 – Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, NC – This year’s peace conference will focus on the relationship between peace and climate change.
- January 11-23, 2017 – Lombard Mennonite Peace Center: Peacemaker’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Join Richard Blackburn on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to visit prominent landmarks and meet the individuals and groups working for peace and conflict transformation.
- May 16, 2017 – Public Conversations Project: Dialogue Across Differences: An Introduction to Reflective Structured Dialogue – Watertown, MA