Peacebuilding

At the heart of peacebuilding is the term – justpeace – originally gifted to us by John Paul Lederach. At its core, justpeace focuses on a process of peacebuilding rather than any one specific agreement or outcome. Peacebuilding can include a variety of adaptive processes, structures and practices rooted in relationships and characterized by low violence and high justice.

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Transforming Community

The JustPeace way takes a systems approach to conflict because we embrace transformed communities – communities that have space, resources and relational practices that can include all in loving and supportive ways. If conflict is simply two ideas seeking to share space, we don’t always have to change the ideas or the people who have the ideas, sometimes we can change the space in ways that lovingly embrace our different ideas.

New Blog by Ron Kraybill

JustPeace friend, colleague and former board member, Ron Kraybill has a new blog: www.kraybilltable.com. We encourage you to check it out and subscribe!

Bathed in Prayer

Symbols and words have different meanings and intents. What does it mean for us to ask questions and listen to another’s experiences, history, and lens? With God’s help, let us prayerfully prepare ourselves to be welcoming in our conversations. Stephanie Anna Hixon reflects on a story she heard from JustPeace board member Tom Albin.

JustPeace Youth Initiative

In 2016, JustPeace is beginning an initiative to survey, network, connect and support leaders in the United Methodist Church who are working with youth in the areas of conflict transformation, mediation, racial justice, intercultural exchange and/or peacebuilding. This is part of a larger Network Weaving Initiative supported in part by the GCORR CORR Action Fund that will cultivate and sustain networks of leaders committed to conflict transformation and cultural competency.

Advent: A Time for Waiting and Longing

Longing during this season of Advent is the transfiguration of waiting and aloneness, the cyclical season, the womb of alchemy, the ritualistic recognition of aloneness transformed into longing. It is the defenseless interior core of a person receiving its overdue invitation from the mystery of the universe – the moon, the stars, the night horizon and the great tidal flows of love and life; all are from God. Advent is a sacred season of being and becoming the Oneness of what is! Immanuel, God with us and in us

Mother’s Day, United Methodists and Reconciliation

Statistics say that 20.7 billion dollars will be spent on moms in honor of the U.S. holiday that falls on the second Sunday in May: Mother’s Day. All that cash and commercialism goes against everything the women who originated the idea wanted. In this video, meet the Methodist mother and daughter team who worked to create a day to honor a mother’s love and to emphasize how important a mother’s role is in building a peaceful world.

From Around the Web

Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!