From Around the Web – May 1, 2015

Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!

May 1, 2015

“When the streets of Baltimore are cleared of their destruction, when the National Guard ends its patrols of neighborhood streets, when the news cameras pull away, what then? Will we all go back to life as usual, or do we say that the time has more than passed for Church leaders, community organizers, policymakers, parents, neighbors, everyone to link arms nationwide and agree to fix unjust systems present in every aspect of our society? We must agree that black lives matter. That people living in poverty matter. That equal justice and opportunity for all matters. And then we must commit to creating policies and systems that produce solutions. Alone we are uncertain, frustrated, overwhelmed. Together we are positive changemakers.

  • LATimes – The deepest war wound may be the anguish of moral injury – Nancy Sherman’s excellent Op-Ed explains the difference between PTSD and Moral Injury and stresses the importance of relationships to bring healing.

    The prevailing treatment for PTSD is therapy to “decondition” the fear response. But guilt, shame, raging resentment and betrayal are different from fear. To overcome them requires relationships that rebuild a soldier’s sense of trust in himself and others, no small order given the effects of war.

  • Public Conversations Project – What does it mean to facilitate with purpose and poise? – For over 25 years, Public Conversations Project has fostered constructive dialogue across difference. They train individuals and communities to lead difficult conversations about the issues that matter to them, in large part through their workshops. Learn from senior practitioners Maggie Herzig and Bob Stains about “Facilitating with Purpose and Poise,” one of their core workshops…and how you can use the “Walk About” method to communicate more effectively.

What does a ministry of reconciliation look like so that conflict is neither ignored and left to fester nor responded to, creating more harm? How can a congregation become conflict-friendly, learning and growing through responding well to conflict?

The sessions give a framework for understanding how trauma affects them and others, and helps them choose positive ways of dealing with the emotions connected with trauma and open themselves to healing. This program is carried out with the hope of preventing the cycle of violence and trauma from continuing, knowing that when trauma is not dealt with, those who have been traumatized, in turn, can perpetrate violence and traumatize another group of people.

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