From Around the Web – March 27, 2015

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

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.

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