August 20, 2014
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.
July 9, 2014
Peacemaking is needed (and can be done) in all arenas of life, and today we highlight Mario Mattei, an artist working for peace through film, photography, and storytelling.
June 26, 2014
I recently attended a conference at the Naval War College in Rhode Island on “Religion and Security in World Affairs” (May 7-8, 2014). I loved the lectures and the lively interaction. Yet something deeper was being stirred in me. I couldn’t pinpoint what it was until I recalled Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”
June 11, 2014
As we continue our series of featured peacemakers here on the blog, today we highlight Bob Roberts, a must-know in the world of peacemaking.
February 12, 2014
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.
January 8, 2014
I think I am allergic to interfaith dialogue. When I get near “interfaith dialogue” events, I begin to gnash my teeth in frustration at the tendency toward superficial, lowest-common-denominator discussions about how similar we all are and the often-aggressive hostility toward very basic religious practices such as evangelization. When I, as a Christian, am asked to come to such events but am told that no sharing of faith will be allowed, I feel as if I am being asked to leave a part of my faith at the door. How can an event be “interfaith” if I can’t bring my faith fully and wholly?
November 20, 2013
Our very own Andy Larsen, a photographer and peacemaker on our Seattle team, was recently featured on television for his work in building bridges through visual media. Check out his segment on Seatle's King 5 news.
October 16, 2013
My mind was spinning with excitement as I read Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World by Bob Roberts Jr. Bob clearly understood the unique challenges of living out one’s faith in a post-9/11, interconnected, pluralistic world. I had found a soulmate ��" someone serious about following Jesus and someone who at the same time understood the tectonic communicational shifts impacting our world.
October 9, 2013
I remember the first time I heard Rich Nathan speak on being a “Both-And” Christian. My heart was burning within me. I felt like the disciples did when Jesus walked them through the Old Testament after his death (Luke 24:13-35). Why was I so stirred? Because Rich was offering a paradigm, a way of looking at the Scripture, that was serious about the whole Bible.
May 1, 2013
Today we'd like to share another of our new videos with you. In today's video, Rick Love speaks about an important resource that every peacemaker and everyone committed to Christian-Muslim relations should be aware of: the Grace & Truth Project.
March 6, 2013
Here are the top ten books I’ve read in 2012. These books provide a rock-solid biblical and practical foundation for followers of Jesus who want to live out their faith in a glocalized world. The first two books articulate a profound summary of the gospel. The next three books describe how to live out “love of neighbor” practically. The reminder of the list includes books on leadership and social media, business, politics, conflict resolution and coaching. Enjoy!
January 22, 2013
There are so many books I haven’t read yet. But out of the ones I have read, I consider these to be the top ten books on peacemaking and conflict resolution.
January 10, 2013
Douglas E. Noll’s Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts provides a profound overview of the field of peacemaking. The heart of the book, though, is his rigorous critique of diplomatic peacemaking methods and robust apologetic for the importance of emotions in peacemaking. Noll’s detailed illustrations and solid research make this one of the best books I’ve read this year!
January 8, 2013
Today we want to share with you the release of a new book by Lisa Gibson, award-winning and bestselling author and conflict coach, who spoke at our Evangelicals for Peace conference at Georgetown. Her book is called Releasing The Chains: Timeless Wisdom On How To Forgive Anyone For Anything, and in it she gives the step-by-step process of how to forgive and life-changing examples of others who have applied these principles to their lives.
December 26, 2012
Two weeks ago, an article by Rick Love was published in the Washington Post. This week, we want to share with you a short piece of his published by the National Association of Evangelicals.
December 18, 2012
What happens when a Southern Baptist Pastor takes the Great Commandments as seriously as he does the Great Commission? We don’t have to guess. It is happening at Northwood Church in Dallas, Texas. Bob Roberts Jr. and his church are breaking out of the evangelical box and modeling “bold love.”
October 11, 2012
This is a fantastic 5-minute video of Carl Medearis talking about some common objections he hears to befriending and doing peacemaking with Muslims. We highly recommend it, and feel free to share this with your friends.
October 4, 2012
Can a Christian learn anything from a Muslim?
I have learned a lot from my Muslim friends. For example, I have learned much more about hospitality from my Muslim friends than I have from my Christian friends. Hospitality is an important theme in Scripture, and Muslims have modeled for me what hospitality truly is.
I have also learned a lot from Eboo Patel’s latest book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America.
September 11, 2012
Do we do peacemaking simply as an avenue to share the Gospel with people, or does the very act of peacemaking glorify God in and of itself? This week we'd like to continue our video series from Rick Love's talk at the Society of Vineyard Scholars, and today he addresses the Gospel and the role it plays in the work of peacemaking.
August 22, 2012
Our last video post was about the fact that God is a God of Peace and what that means for us as we work toward peace. Today, we bring you a video of Rick Love speaking to the Society of Vineyard scholars about what God's blessing is for those who are peacemakers
August 16, 2012
Earlier this week, we shared with you a video story of radical peacemaking in Nigeria. Today we share with you another video, this time about a vital foundation for the work we do at Peace Catalyst: the fact that God is a God of peace.
August 14, 2012
In this video, PCI's Rick Love speaks to the Society of Vineyard Scholars, telling a story that we have been inspired by many times over. It is the story of a Christian pastor and a Muslim imam, in the midst of violence-ridden Nigeria, who find reconciliation and friendship with one another and now work together for peace between Christians and Muslims in their county. We hope this story will inspire you as it has us.
July 30, 2012
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe leads the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), a global coalition that represents 650 million evangelicals around the world. Hear Geoff describe some of the important new things that WEA is doing to wage peace, including the birth of the World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative.
July 20, 2012
The word "peace" conjures up different things to different people. I am a child of the sixties, so my generation links peace with hippies, anti-Vietnam war protests and free love. Others think of beauty queens declaring their hope for "world peace" (I can't help but picture Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality). And many conservative evangelicals assume peace is for liberals (whether theological or political).
June 23, 2012
Sheena Iyengar, a leading expert in choice theory, speaks about the ways people from different cultures make decisions. She shares several interesting insights from case studies from around the world, revealing that not all cultures thrive on the belief that the individual is the locus of decision making, as most of Westerners have been brought up to enjoy. She points out several assumptions we often make when it comes to the subject of decision making.
June 5, 2012
Sam Richards, a sociology professor at Penn State, expounds upon the process of empathy. By leading the audience through a re-narration of history and their own identity, he invites the audience to step into the shoes of someone else's life. After exploring new hopes, fears, and perceptions as "the other," connections and relationships are more easily visible. We encourage you to watch the entire video even if you do not agree with everything Richards says. This is a very challenging and interesting video.
May 29, 2012
What should we make of the Arab Spring? How should we view these revolutions as Americans, as followers of Jesus, or as people who want peace? Todd Deatherage, co-founder of the Telos Group and former staff member for the Bush Administration, provides some insight and understanding to these events. As someone who has worked extensively in the Middle East, he shares his thoughts about the role of Americans and American evangelicals in this movement.
May 24, 2012
Peace Catalyst's Jim Mullins has just finished putting together this ebook study on what the Bible has to say about culture. We're thrilled to have this fantastic resource to point people to, and we highly recommend it for all of our Jesus-following friends who want to know more about how to respond to diversity, how to obey Jesus's command to love our neighbor in a globalized world, and how to respectfully communicate what we believe.
May 22, 2012
Can you be peacemaker without being a politician, religious leader, or wealthy philanthropist? Can average people have any real impact for peace? Jim Mullins, a co-founder of Peace Catalyst International and the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, promotes the idea of "carrot cake peacemaking" and encourages people to be creative with the resources around them and their own strengths in order to build peace.
May 18, 2012
Mustafa Akyol, a well-known Turkish journalist, discusses the difference between the Islamic faith and local traditional practices. In this compelling TED talk, Akyol asserts that traditions change and vary between regions, countries, communities, and are often shaped by globalization and other global activity. Although some practices aren't necessarily found in Islamic text, they can become the predominant way society understands the Islamic faith. Sadly, this can lead to stereotypes and suspicions.
May 8, 2012
Jeremy Courtney, executive director and cofounder of Preemptive Love Coalition, speaks about living as an American in Iraq and pursuing a lifestyle of preemptive love. He says, "violence unmakes the world," but "preemptive love unmakes violence. Preemptive Love remakes the world through healing." This philosophy of preemptive love has led Jeremy, and the staff of Preemptive Love, to work in partnership with Iraqis to eradicate the backlog of children who need heart surgery in Iraq. This video is filled with inspiring stories of peace, healing, and hope coming out of Iraq.
May 1, 2012
Dr. Salim Munayer is the Director of Musalaha, an organization working on the process of reconciliation in Israel and Palestine. He speaks on the importance of having a robust theology of reconciliation instead of the incomplete theologies that lead to exclusive support of either Israel or Palestine. He identifies the tendency of fundamentalist Christians to support Israel, mainline Christians to support Palestine, and shows how a deep theology of reconciliation will lead to a desire for the flourishing of both communities.
April 26, 2012
Eboo Patel, an American Muslim and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, addresses a group of Christians at the Global Faith Forum at Northwood Church. He talks about the increasing challenges of living in the U.S. as a Muslim and the need for people to protect and respect people from other faiths. Patel encourages people to promote peace, not in spite of their faith, but as a response to the robust peacemaking teaching found in their religious texts.
April 19, 2012
We've recently added a collection of resources to our website called the Peacemaker's Popcorn Guide. In short, it's a collection of short online videos that we think are excellent for provoking thinking and promoting peace. We'll be posting one video a week on the blog, along with some reflection questions to go with each. Watch them on your own, or get a group and talk through the questions together. Let us know what you think too - we'd love to hear your thoughts and what kinds of discussions you have after watching these.
April 12, 2012
I was privileged to view an extraordinary documentary recently that presents a very different picture of Christian-Muslim relations than that which is promoted by the media and religious extremists. The name of the documentary is Different Books, Common Word, produced by the Baptist Center of Ethics in 2009.
January 26, 2012
We highly recommend this TED talk by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store. In it, he talks about the importance and positive impact of dialogue, even when the beliefs and values of both parties differ. Fantastic for peacemakers, and applicable to all kinds of relationships.
January 24, 2012
One of our favorite ethnic restaurants in the Phoenix area is a place called Jerusalem Foods, run by a Palestinian friend of ours. Peace Catalyst's Jim Mullins recently took our cameras on a tour of the place, so check out the video, and drop by the restaurant and enjoy it for yourself!
December 20, 2011
Here are the top ten books I’ve read in 2011. It was painful whittling the list down to only ten books, but hopefully this will give you some books to read as part of your New Year’s resolution if you haven’t read them yet.
October 17, 2011
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.
August 2, 2011
"Popular rhetoric supposes Western and Islamic 'civilizations' are bound to 'clash.' But is this true?"
That’s the question that drives Mario Mattei in making his new documentary called Ex:Change, a video project that will explore stereotypes between Muslim and Western students in America, and how those stereotypes have been and can be overcome.
July 14, 2011
Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis is the best book you can read about evangelism. Why? Because evangelism is neither a method nor an approach. It is not a what or a how. It is a who – Jesus is the good news.
May 9, 2011
Jeff Burns, Peace Catalyst's Northeast Regional Director, met with Eboo Patel in March and is now featured on the IFYC website. Check out his Bio and story Walking with Muslims, and when you're done, make sure to check out the rest of the website and find out what this organization is all about!
April 28, 2011
Click to watch the interview with Tim Keller on abcnews.go.com....
April 18, 2011
Seattle, home to Peace Catalyst’s northwest regional office, is now becoming a center for innovative Christian-Muslim peacemaking efforts, organized and led by PCI’s own Michael Ly. Recently featured in the city’s Christian Examiner, the word is out on Ly’s ventures of reconciliation in the city.