Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
September 19th, 2014
- Mennonite World Review – Reconciliation the Asian Way – Read about ReconciliAsian bringing peace and conflict transformation to the Korean-American community in Los Angeles.
“We wanted to teach practical things like ‘I’ messages and active listening skills, but we realized that to really touch the people and to reframe their understanding of conflict, we had to teach them Scripture and reframe their theology. We want them to see that their identity is to be an international peacemaker for God’s kingdom.”
- United Methodist Communications- Becoming a Peacemaker: A Reflection – “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” How you can answer God’s call for peacemakers? In this video meditation, Sophia Agtarap shares what it means to be a peacemaker and offers the Serenity Prayer as a tool to help us spread peace in the world and peace in our hearts.
- TED – Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better – Julian Treasure, a sound expert, offers 5 ways to re-tune your ears and enhance your ability to consciously listen to the world and the people around you.
“This a serious problem that we are losing our listening. This is not trivial. Because listening is our access to understanding. Conscious listening creates understanding.”
- NYT – Reclaiming ‘We the People,’ one person at a time (interview with Parker Palmer) – David Bornstein interviews Parker Palmer about his newest book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy” and practical advise for all of us to relate better and reduce polarization.
“Beginning a conversation with loves and doubts rather than political ideologies opens a new door to dialogue, driven by story-telling rather than political point scoring.”
- RestorativeWorks.net: Laura Mirsky – The Power of the Circle – Read about how Warren G. Harding Middle School in Philadelphia has implemented circles to “build relationships and to decrease incidents of misbehavior, bullying, and violence and prevent such problems from occurring in the first place.”
- EMU: Fabrice j. Guerrier – The Shock of Forgiveness – Guerrier, a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite Unviersity’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, writes about his experiences from the summer when he traveled to Sierra Leone to study and assess Fambul Tok’s effectiveness as a community-based, post-war transitional justice process.