Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
August 28, 2015
- UMTV – Pastors Model Peace After Ferguson – Two United Methodist pastors, who are friends, faced new challenges when they were called to be on the front lines of the situation. In an exclusive interview with United Methodist Communications, they shared what it was like to be on the streets then, and what their congregations have been working on to change things.
- The Guardian – Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children’s genes – New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children
Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet that one person’s life experience can affect subsequent generations.
- Duke Divinity – Northeast Asian Christian Leaders Gather for Peace – During the year marking the 70th anniversary of the dropping of U.S. atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, the Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia met in Nagasaki April 20-24 in the spirit of lament and hopeful reconciliation.
“Peacemaking and nonviolent reconciliation are not optional political preferences; they stand at the heart of the gospel and anchor the identity of the church,” said Richard Hays, former dean of Duke Divinity School.
- Salem Mental Health Network – No Future without Forgiveness – Mark Vander Vennen reflects on the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation and the lessons Desmond Tutu and his daughter offer in their newest book, The Book of Forgiving.
In contrast, reconciliation or renewal of the relationship is something that takes two (or more) of us. It depends on the participation of the person who did the harm, which isn’t always possible or appropriate. If we make our own healing dependent upon the person who has hurt us, then we surrender our power over to him or her and our “present” remains shackled to the past.
- Restorative Works – Pittsburgh schools go restorative – Read about how Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) are set to launch the largest restorative practices Whole-School Change program ever undertaken.
“Restorative practices is an important strategy because it helps encourage important conversations that help build relationships between teachers and students, and in fact between all adults and students together”
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- Oct 22 – 24, 2015 – Leading Congregations through Anxious Times: Atlanta, GA – This workshop will offer and explore different ways for leaders to see and understand leadership, human interactions and systems. Family systems and the theologian Martin Buber’s I-Thou work are key lenses as we look at the theology, theory and best practices for leaders.
- October 28-31st, 2015 – Pathways to Hope: Recovering from the Invisible Wounds of War – Leawood, KS. A project of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School in partnership with the Church of the Resurrection. This conference will educate service providers, medical care-givers, congregations, community and religious leaders, and veterans and their families about the struggles of reintegration into civilian society for those who have served in the military.
- Nov 12 – 15, 2015 – Lake Junaluska Peace Conference (Lake Junaluska, NC) – Advance the work of reconciliation and peace by learning peace making and contemplative practices from the Abrahamic traditions. The 2015 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference leadership includes Dr. Sam Wells, Rabia Terri Harris, Rabbi Or Rose, and Yuval Ron.