Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
March 27, 2015
- GCORR: Study Guide – Mass Incarceration – The General Commission on Religion and Race has produced a study guide for engaging in study and discussion on mass incarceration and racism.
Janet Wolf and others recommend that, whenever possible, congregations and church leaders come together with people of other racial groups to build community and talk through hard issues.
- UMC.org – When winning friends and influencing people goes awry – Clay Morgan reflects about on the difference between “winning” and “loving”, being right and being effective, and offers principles to build authentic friendships and positively influence people
We should be careful about arguments. Why must we be in them? Why must we win them? Why must we win anything?Jesus never built a following by arguing with people just to be right. He didn’t add more darkness to the world but offered the light of truth in love. When he did push back, it was to defend someone.
- New York Times Magazine: The Brain’s Empathy Gap – How does the human brain signal love, hate, empathy, and indifference? Recent neurological studies by Emile Bruneau are showing that as the brain is concerned, the opposite of love might not be hate but indifference.
Participants tended to feel much less empathy — less joy at the successes and less sorrow at the misfortunes — for members of the other team than for members of their own team or of a control group that hadn’t been assigned to any team. And as Bruneau hypothesized, the width of this empathy gap did not correlate with a person’s empathy rating on personality assessments; it was not wider in less empathetic people or narrower in more empathetic people.
- Huffington Post: Why It Matters How We Talk About Forgiveness – In her blog post, Marina Cantacuzino shares some so of the lessons she’s learned through the years about forgiveness and that she further explores in her new book, The Forgiveness Project.
“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.”
- Syracuse University – The Moral Injury Project – In the Summer of 2014, Syracuse University formed a new “Moral Injury Project” made up of an interdisciplinary, cross-campus collaborative of students, staff and faculty working to address and raise awareness about moral injury. Visit their new website to learn about upcoming conferences, resources and scholarly references.
- Globalpost.com – Seven women peacemakers who should be on your radar – Meet seven women in the middle – those fighting in a slow, long untelevised war where the warriors are unsung and the sidelines are really the centers.
“When it comes to women and conflict, the media often delivers two narratives. On one end of a restrictive spectrum, women are victimized and under siege – vulnerable, isolated, and helpless. And on the other end, as evidenced by recent coverage of female Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq, we see a celebrated, if not fetishized, image of the woman as warrior – the sexy, gun-wielding badass.
But often lost between these bipolar optics are the stories of the women in the middle, those at the vertex working tirelessly on conflict resolution. Their voices are loud. But their actions are even louder.”
- Red Letter Christians: Cynthia Vaughn on Freedom Thru Forgiveness – For the first time publicly, Cynthia Vaughn tells the story of finding liberation after forgiving her father, a man confined on Tennessee’s “death row,” convicted of murdering her mother.
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.
- April 17-18th, 2015 – The Moral Injury Project Conference: “What Did You Fight For, What did you Bring Home: Moral Injury in the Lives of Military Veterans“, Syracuse University. This two-day conference will bring local, regional, and national scholars, clinical practitioners, writers, and artists to address the psychological, spiritual, and artistic dimensions of Moral Injury among veterans.
- 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. PKeynote 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.
- May 7-9, 2015 – National Council of Churches – 2015 Christian Unity Gathering – Herndon, VA outside Washington, DC. The event will be a celebration of ecumenism and an opportunity to put that spirit in to practice as we continue our work to respond to the mass incarceration crior, justsis and explore our second priority, interfaith relations with a focus on peace. The keynote speaker will be 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowe
- May 11-15, 2015 – Lombard Mennonite Peace Center: Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders – Pittsburgh, 32 hours of training, which is useful for judicatory leaders, clergy, pastors in transitional/interim ministry and lay leaders – anyone who works with people!