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Featured Peacemaker: Sami Awad

A peacemaker with a rich and conflict-riddled heritage, Sami Awad is a Palestinian Christian who founded and is currently Executive Director of Holy Land Trust, a Palestinian non-profit organization in Bethlehem established to build peace through nonviolence.

Religious Freedom Part 6: Charlie Hebdo, Freedom of Speech, and Religion

Why did more than a million people, including forty world leaders, march for freedom in France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre? Today (January 16, 2015) we celebrate religious freedom day in the United States. And one of the best ways to celebrate religious freedom today is to understand and practice free speech in a multi-religious world. Without free speech there is no true religious freedom.

Video: Sami Awad on The Power of Nonviolence

Peaceworker Sami Awad describes how nonviolence empowers people to deal with injustice and oppression, and breaks down the barriers that prevent people from relating to each other. Sami is the founder and Executive Director of Holy Land Trust, a Palestininan non-profit organization established to promote nonviolent resistence and work toward peace in the Holy Land.

Conversations with an Imam: Similarities and Differences in Christian-Muslim Friendship

PCI's Martin Brooks created this video conversation with his friend Imam Wasif about what it looks like for Muslims and Christians to be friends, given that we have both similarities and differences of faith. This is a powerful picture of peacemaking and what we're all about at Peace Catalyst.

Thank You for Your Partnership in 2014

As we close out 2014, we wanted to extend a special thank you for your partnership this year. It has been a big year for us, where the hearts of thousands of Christians and Muslims have been softened and changed.

Local to Global: Peace Catalyst’s Widening Influence

God is opening doors for us and giving us increasing influence for the sake of peace. Most of our work is local and at a grassroots level, but since our vision is to ignite a global peacemaking movement, we also work with high-level Muslim leaders, partner with international organizations, and have even begun to engage diplomats.

Three Reasons to Celebrate What God Has Done in 2014

As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace this Christmas season, would you join us in celebrating what God has done through Peace Catalyst in 2014?

Religious Freedom Part Five: The Best Weapon Against Terrorism

The U.S. is continuing its bombing campaign against ISIS. Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Congress for ground troops. It looks like we will soon see bombs in the air and boots on the ground once again. But below the radar screen, Obama has appointed and Congress has confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein as the new Ambassador-At-Large For International Religious Freedom.

The CIA & Torture: The War on Terror Became the War of Terror

I was happy when the Senate Intelligence Committee report came out this week and exposed the brutal and unfruitful interrogation tactics of the CIA. I understand the good intentions of the CIA , but torture is illegal, ineffective, and immoral.

Can Muslims and Christians Celebrate Thanksgiving Together? (The Answer in 7 Images)

Last month, in partnership with our church, Fellowship of Christ, Carrie and I and our Peace Catalyst crew hosted a Muslim-Christian Thanksgiving Gathering. More than 30 of our Muslim friends, representing several different area mosques, blessed us with their presence, and we had almost as many Christians from a number of different churches.