Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
June 26, 2015
- UMC.org – Responding to Violence – On any given day, United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. UMC.org has provided resources to help people cope and news coverage of how the churches working to respond with peace in a world of violence.
- ThinkProgress.org: Forgiveness, ‘Cheap Grace,’ And the Struggle for Justice in Charleston – Jack Jenkins interviews Howard Zehr and others in this article describing the importance of distinguishing forgiveness from reconciliation and the on going promise and challenge of restorative justice.
“People think it’s forgive and forget, and it’s the opposite,” (Zehr) said. “It’s forgive and remember. The one common theme I’ve heard is that it’s a letting go, that this person is not going to control my life forever.”
“Forgiveness is a process: It’s something you commit to, but it doesn’t happen immediately,” he added.
- Insight on Conflict: The importance of local peacemaking in the Greater Horn of Africa – Root causes of local conflicts in the Greater Horn of Africa are many and varied. Kisuke Ndiku argues the best way to address them and ensure sustainable peace is to support local peacebuilders.
This situation calls for practical re-discovery of local peace mechanisms, and local peace pillars on which restorative justice and sustained peacemaking dialogue could be re-founded. Practitioners and researchers alike need to re-think non-violent peacemaking from within. This will take a paradigm shift towards embracing new skills, redefined by a recognition that local communities have crucial roles and responsibilities in peacemaking.
- Tom DeWolf – Inside Out: Tom DeWolf, the Executive Director of Coming to the Table, reviews Pixar’s newest movie, Inside Out, and how it connects to his work in trauma healing and healing historical harms.
An interesting and critical aspect of the film for me is the moment I realized I had been rooting for Joy to be in control all the time and eventually understanding the important roles Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear play in the richness of our full lives.
- Salem Mental Health Network – Stepping Down the Ladder – Jennifer Brown offers practical advice for preventing the escalation of conflict in family-related arguments by making sure the other party feels listened to and respected.
A helpful metaphor that I come back to often is that of a ladder. Every step of escalating conflict involves each party voluntarily stepping up the ladder. Each response can be a step up the ladder worsening the conflict, and likely gets further away from a resolution.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- 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.