November 7, 2011
We've been posting videos of Peace Catalyst staff speaking at a recent event called Lumen, and today we'd like to post one last video. A friend of ours, Carl Medearis, also spoke at this event, and we thought you would enjoy hearing his story. Carl is an American who used to live in Lebanon, and in this video, he speaks to Christians about his friendships with Muslims leaders in Iraq and the conversations he's had with them about Jesus.
November 3, 2011
At Peace Catalyst, we do this thing - which we would love others to reproduce around the world - called Peace Feast. We've got two events coming up in Phoenix, so we thought we'd take this opportunity to share a few blog posts about what Peace Feast is, what the vision for it is, and how it got started. So for today, what is Peace Feast?
November 1, 2011
Last week we posted Jim Mullins' story about how he became a peacemaker, and today we'd like to share Michael Ly's story. With Buddhist parents, a Jesus-centered faith of his own, and a deep love for his Muslim friends, Michael has quite a story to tell. Don't miss this.
October 28, 2011
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."
October 26, 2011
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!
October 24, 2011
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."
October 21, 2011
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.
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.
October 14, 2011
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.
October 10, 2011
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.