Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
March 13, 2015
- Washington Post: Haunted by their decisions in war – Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a former Marine and combat veteran approaches moral injury from a warrior perspective. He reflects on the challenge that the Veterans Administration and the returning warrior have in understanding the difference between PTSD and moral injury.
To understand moral injury and address its effects, we need to recognize that it exists. If we don’t, if we continue to categorize moral injury under the same umbrella we have for centuries, those who have borne our wars will have to carry their own wounded. Those faceless few with draped arms over slouched shoulders will still be trudging across the terrain of battles fought long ago.
- UMC.org: Churches can help youth fight cyberbullies – Joey Butler, multimedia producer and editor for United Methodist Communications, describes the challenges of online bullying among youth and how churches and United Methodist leaders are working to stop it.
The New Testament is written in parables to teach people through example. Faith-based organizations need to take real stories of real lives affected by bullying. We need to encourage the kids within the church to tell their own stories, so their peers can support them.
- U.S. Institute of Peace – Women Preventing Violent Extremism: Charting a New Course – In celebration of International Women’s Day, USIP hosting a webcast to discuss how women can work together to reduce violent extremism. The event included 14 global activists from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania.
- Devex: 6 ways to successfully engage youths in peace building – With youth making up the majority of people affected by global violence and conflict, Manola De Vos offers great advice about how to involve youth in peacebulding processes and empower them to work for conflict transformation.
“The creation of spaces for youth to express their opinion to decision-makers and broader society ensures that they have the opportunity to be heard.”
- Center for Courage & Renewal: Creating Safe Space for Connecting Over Stories of Loss – In a recent blog post, the Center for Courage and Renewal highlights Lennon Flowers, co-founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party and her experience attending the Center’s Courage to Lead for Young Leaders and Activists. The Dinner Party is an exciting new national organization that brings together young adults to sharing their personal stories of loss and vulnerability over a potluck. Learn more about Lennon’s organization and the needed renewal she received through Courage to Lead.
“Courage to Lead gave me renewed faith in my own inner voice and a chance to silence the noise,” Lennon said. “It was deeply reassuring to be among people whose interest was in asking better questions and equipping participants with the space and tools to find their own answers.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- April 12th – 13th, 2015: “Moral Injury and Soul Repair: Recovering from Invisible Wounds: This conference at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX will teach strategies and tools to enable better spiritual, mental, and psychological health in our nations veterans, their families, caregivers, and all who love them. Community and congregational leaders will deepen their understanding of moral injury and the struggle of many after leaving military service, as well as others who work under conditions of extremity and life-and-death decisions, such as first responders and law enforcement. Registration to open on 2/16/15.
- April 17th- 19th, 2015: The “Re-Visioning Justice in America” Conference: This conference will be held at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. Registration will open in early January 2015. Please check back here for the link for full conference information and registration. Keynote speakers include Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Howard Zehr.
- April 21 – 23, 2015: FaithCARE – Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches: This FaithCARE training in Whitby, Ontario is scheduled for April 21 – 23, 2015 and is offered in partnership with the Eastern Canada Christian and Missionary Alliance. This training is open to anyone. For more information and for the complete conference brochure, visit this link.
- April 23-25, 2015: Public Conversations Project: The Power of Dialogue – Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues – a highly interactive workshop for practitioners, leaders and others interesting in transforming conflicted conversations.
- April 28th, 2015 – The 2015 Slomoff Symposium: Restorative Justice in Our Communities – The University of Massachusetts Boston is hosting this symposium with author Michael Patrick MacDonald and a panel of community leaders and practitioners to discuss restorative justice.