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My Summer With Peace Catalyst

I came into the summer ready to impress everyone, and instead I'm sitting here now humbled by my experiences and the people I met. My name is Riley Naylor, and I was blessed to work as an intern with Peace Catalyst this summer.

What Box Do We Fit In?

As an evangelical peacemaking organization, we find that people often have a hard time figuring us out. There are several "boxes" people tend to try to fit our work into, so in response to the questions we normally get, in this video Rick Love talks about each of these "boxes" and where we fit.

Featured Peacemaker: Chris Rice

I first met Chris in January of 2010 when Jim Mullins and I flew to Duke Divinity School to share with him about the birth of Peace Catalyst. I was impressed with his wisdom and gentleness and noticed that he exuded such peace that he seemed like a bit of a mystic.

Video: Jesus's Comprehensive Peace Plan

Most pastors believe that peacemaking should play some significant role in the church. But there seems to be a gap between this belief and the actual practice of peacemaking in most churches. So where does a pastor or Christian leader start? Here are some fundamental peacemaking practices that outline a Bible-sized view of peace.

3D: The End of Dual Identities

Many Christians, especially missionaries, around the globe have lived under the stress of having dual identities or being "undercover" for Jesus. In this video, Rick Love tells his personal story, what he's learned about this, and why we at Peace Catalyst place such high value on having one message that makes sense to everyone who listens to us.

Religious Freedom Part 3: Making the World Safe for Diversity

Over fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy gave a compelling commencement address on world peace. In one of his famous quotes, Kennedy declared, “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.” What a profoundly practical definition of peace. So how do you feel about making the world safe for diversity?

Featured Peacemaker: Glen Stassen

The long-asked question concerning the Christian response to war has historically had two answers: pacifism, meaning that war is never justified; and "Just War" theory, meaning that there are certain circumstances which justify killing during war. That was, until Glen Stassen presented his third option, Just Peacemaking.

Religious Freedom Part 2: Two Keys to Unleashing Peace

In this, the second post in a series on religious freedom I offer two practical ways to promote religious freedom and counter terrorism.

Will Ride For Peace

This reflection is based on and inspired by the fascinating story of a man named Dolkun Tunurganjan, a 31-year-old Uighur Muslim from Xinjiang, the semi-autonomous region in northwestern China. Dolkun is currently riding his motorcycle across numerous provinces and regions in China in the name of promoting greater ethnic harmony.

Talking with Terrorists: Boko Haram and Peacemaking

What if you had a chance to sit down with one of the Boko Haram guys, before they kidnapped the Nigerian girls? If you knew of his plan, would you try to talk him out of it? I mean, even if you were not successful, wouldn't you want to try? Unfortunately, if you did that, you would be in violation of U.S. law.