Archives for Oct 2011

Your Eternal Destiny Depends on How you Treat your Neighbor

A lawyer puts Jesus to the test by asking one of the most important questions of life: "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" In typical fashion, Jesus uses spiritual jujitsu on the lawyer by putting him to the test: "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?" The lawyer gives a good orthodox response: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" But apparently getting an “A” in orthodoxy is not enough. Jesus says, "You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live."

English Classes with our Somali Bantu Friends

We at Peace Catalyst are priveleged to have an ongoing partnership with the Somali Bantu refugee community in Phoenix, and we wanted to share with you a quick video of what goes on at our many weekly English classes. We're so thankful for our amazing new Somali friends and our incredible group of volunteer teachers who make this all possible!

Lumen Video: Jim Mullins

Jim Mullins, Peace Catalyst's VP of Stategic Initiatives shares the story of how he became a peacemaker, and issues a call to others to use the resources and skills they already have to do what he calls, "carrot cake peacemaking."

Beyond Fundamentalism: A Lecture by Reza Aslan

Some of the PCI team at a lively lecture by author and scholar Reza Aslan entitled "Beyond Fundamentalism." The lecture, hosted by the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, was an insightful discussion on the Arab Spring, democracy, and religious extremism.

ExChange - Breaking Stereotypes in America

A couple months ago, we wrote about Peace Catalyst's commitment to visual peacemaking and told you about an upcoming micro-documentary project by one of our friends. Well, today we're excited to say that the project is finished! You can find it on Vimeo, but we thought we'd also share it here. So here it is. ExChange: Breaking Stereotypes in America by Mario Mattei and Peter Bergmeier. You can also read more about the project on the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers blog.

9/11 in the USA and 7/22 in Norway: Facing our Fears about Muslims and Islam

The Bush Administration responded to 9/11 with “the war on terror.” Anders Breivik committed his crimes on 22 July 2011 because he felt that Europe as a whole, and Norway in particular, had been naive in their response to Islam. Have we learned anything from what has happened in the last ten years about the way we think about Islam and relate to Muslims, and can we articulate a considered, long-term response to these events? This is my own personal check-list of ways in which I believe all of us in Europe – and Christians in particular – should be responding to these challenges.

Carl Medearis: "The Myth of 'Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin'"

Just yesterday, Carl Medearis posted this on his blog, and we liked it so much we're re-posting it here for you, just in case you missed it. All done with Carl's permission, of course. Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your responses.

Robert Spencer and the Stealth Jihad

A reader of my previous blog, “Fear, Inc.,” asked a very reasonable question. He or she had wondered how accurate my placing Robert Spencer among the “purveyors of hate and misinformation” actually was. I like this. I know everyone on the PCI team wants open and transparent communication. Indeed, let’s urge one another to speak the truth and to speak it in love, as Paul challenged the Ephesian church.

Peacemaking Trends among Evangelicals and Muslims - Part 2

I wrote an article for Christianity Today recently titled, “Have Muslim-Christian relations improved since 9/11? As I reflected on the topic and did some research, I was surprised at how many evangelical organizations and individuals are engaged in peacemaking. When I wrote the article for Christianity Today I was restricted to 500 words, so I could only mention a few organizations. But I have no such limitations here! Check out these organizations, individuals and books on the topics for both Evangelicals and Muslims.