From around the web

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

October 3 , 2014

“When we repress our fear or frustration or longing, the feelings get stuck somewhere in our bodies. Then, at some unexpected time with some unsuspecting person, they come out messy and misdirected.”

  • EMU – Admissions for Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2015 is now open

    “The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) provides broad-based and specialized trainings that empower participants to contextualize the knowledge to their own situations. Learn more about yourself, others, and the world around you. Courses are open to people interested in integrating conflict transformation, peacebuilding, restorative justice, trauma awareness, and related fields into their own work and life.”

  • The Guardian: The myth of religious violence by Karen Armstrong – In the wake of ongoing religious violence across the glob, Karen Armstrong provides an insightful article on the violent history of the secular state and how the religion of nationalism has both inspired and justified centuries of bloodshed.

    “The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple”

  • US Institute of Peace: “Is there a role for Religious Actors in Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism?” – On September 26th, 2014, USIP hosted three panelists from the “Religious Actors Combatting Radicalization and Violent Extremism Symposium,” who presented key insights drawn from the workshop and their own experiences. Below is a video of the talk. Click here to find out more.
  • Huffington Post: Breaking Bread for Peace – Conflict Kitchen and Cultural Food Diplomacy – Writing during the Talking Peace Festival, Vanessa Thevathasan highlights Conflict Kitchen London’s work in bringing people together for meals to foster dialogue and understanding.

    “The practice of food rituals across the Middle East encourages forgiveness and reconciliation through sharing a meal between offender and victim, cooked and hosted by the perpetrators family. Community peace is created through musafaha (hand-shaking), and mumalaha (breaking bread together).”

  • UMTV: “Communion – the Meal that Makes us One – In preparation for World Communion Sunday, the United Methodist Communication’s newest video highlights the “communal” aspect of communion.

    “In communion we make a promise of being to God, being united to one another for the bringing of God’s kingdom into the world.”

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