From Around the Web – April 17, 2015

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

April 17, 2015

“Christians need to remember to develop the discipline of listening. All the panelists recommended that pastors do all that they can to become more approachable by all community members, regardless of religious background.”

  • On Being – Heartbreak, Violence, and Hope for New Life – Parker Palmer writes on the On Being blog about the relationship between suffering and violence, both on a personal and international level. He ponders whether a nation-state can have the heart to respond to collective suffering in transformative ways that lead to increased compassion and understanding.

    Yes, violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering. But we can ride the power of suffering toward new life — it happens all the time.

  • Washington Post – How military chaplains are finding new ways to treat vets with invisible wounds – Tim Townsend writes about how military chaplains are learning more about moral injury and how to care for soldiers experiencing woulds of the soul.

    Ultimately, most moral injury experts agree, healing mandates forgiveness of some kind. Some want God to forgive them, others learn to forgive themselves. Still others can’t forgive themselves for taking another human life, so they angle for something else..

  • Jackson Progress-Argus – Peace requires religious tolerance – Hal Brady, a United Methodist pastor and Executive Director of Hal Brady Ministries in Atlanta, stresses the importance of creative dialogue between faiths in order to break down the walls that separate us and work for peace.

    “What I’m talking about here is not forgiveness itself but how we promote it, how we encourage others to think about it, and how we position ourselves around it. The conversations we have and the rhetoric we use are important so that we don’t discourage those who see forgiveness as soft, weak and irrelevant, or exclude those who consider it to be solely for the strong or spiritually enlightened.”

  • PBS Newshour – What the Boston Marathon bombing taught me about helping students with trauma – Dr. Barbara Gortych, the head of Assessment, Guidance, and Mental Health for Watertown Public Schools, writes about the trauma experienced by students in her community of Watertown and the importance of self-care.

    “Trauma is a slippery thing and not so easily pushed away, even in a resilient town like Watertown. We know from Dr. Jonathan Comer’s research (published in the journal Pediatrics) that Watertown students living in the area of most intense activity during the manhunt experienced more mental health symptoms than students who were actually at the bombing in Boston and saw terribly injured people.”

  • Religious News Service: Can churches disagree and still stay together – Jonathan Merritt interviews Scot McKnight about his new book, “A Fellowship of Differences.” In the interview, McKnight talks about how the Church was designed by God for diversity and how many churches need to move away from a “pulpit culture” and adopt “table fellowship” – a place of grace and fellowship.

    “For us to become the church God wants – the church we will be in the kingdom of God in the new heavens and the new earth – we must learn now the art of table fellowship. Christians have created a pulpit culture where the faithful sit in pews to listen and greet and sing and then leave.”


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