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We Are Friends

Most Saturday mornings Susan fixes a great breakfast. Friends arrive around 10. Some are Iranian. Some are Palestinian. Others Turkish and Yemeni. We always have halal food for our Muslim friends. Most weeks they pitch in. We have traditional eggs and pancakes mixed with dolma, samoosas, hummus, and borek. We were going to call it "Brunch and Share," but we are friends, so most just call it breakfast.

Recap of What We Did in 2013

The peacemaking movement is officially well underway, and Peace Catalyst had a record-breaking year in 2013. We want to keep you in the know about what we're doing, so we've put together this overview of highlights from our work in 2013. This is the work of so many people who work alongside us, support us, and are starting peacemaking movements in their own city, so let's celebrate this move of God together!

Westgate Mall, Just Peacemaking, and al Shabaab

In one of our recent posts, we wrote about how the FBI showed up at one of our Peace Feasts and how our peacemaking efforts help protect young Somali men in America from the recruiting efforts of al Shabaab. Today we'd like to talk more about the situation and share with you this analysis by Peter Sensenig.

I Was Never Taught to Build Bridges!

“I was never taught to build bridges. We always focused on our beliefs and the differences between us and others. We want to share our faith but never learned about building bridges of truth and love.”

Communities of Reconciliation: Can't We Just Be Enemies?

Jesus told the story of just a little yeast working its way into every part of the dough. The little yeast of peace and reconciliation can do the same to bring good news in this world. This yeast may end up permeating every part of our home countries and all over the world. We are not enemies. We hope for reconciliation with ourselves, God, and even across faiths.

Communities of Reconciliation: Who Will Define Christian-Muslim Relations?

I anxiously prepared for our first Community of Reconciliation gathering. Would anyone show up? Busy international scholars and students are not the easiest people to gather together.

Peace Catalyst’s Counter Terrorism Effort

Pakistan is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world and a well-known haven for terrorists, including Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It has a stockpile of over 100 nuclear weapons, positioning Pakistan to be either a deterrent to or a supplier of terrorism.

Misunderstanding

I looked in my rearview mirror, and a young man in an old Lincoln Towncar was right on my bumper and really agitated about something. I looked at him in the mirror and he flipped me off. WHAT is going on with this guy?

The FBI Came to Our Somali Peace Feast

The FBI agent was a sharply dressed young woman. I wondered why she was attending the Somali Peace Feast. Another friend who works with local internationals said this FBI agent had been a friend to the international community, helping both the agency and the local police department be more sympathetic with the immigrant populations.

EthicsDaily Video Interview with Rick Love

Peace Catalyst president Rick Love was recently interviewed by EthicsDaily, a website challenging people of faith to work for the common good. We'd like to share here a video of the interview for your viewing pleasure.