August 9, 2012
Thanks to an email from Chris Seiple, president of the Institute for Global Engagement, I read what he was calling a landmark speech on religious freedom by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her speech was marking the State Department's release of the 2011 International Freedom of Religion Report, which opens with the words of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)...
August 7, 2012
What can bring together a group of Muslims, Christians, and Jews who desire to find reconciliation and to serve those in need? Gardening, that's what! Recently, "Multi-Faith Friends for the Common Good", a group facilitated by Peace Catalyst in Raleigh, North Carolina, came together at a local farm managed by Goodwill Industries to harvest produce for donation to the North Carolina Food Bank, which distributes food aid to the needy.
August 2, 2012
It's not that Nigeria is at war. But it does feel like that for many Nigerians, and especially the Christians.
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).
July 17, 2012
When some of my international who are friends studying in Davis and the San Francisco Bay area were going to have a one-week break from school, I thought how great it would be for them to see Yosemite Valley. What could be better than to continue to grow in genuine friendship and dialogue about culture, faith, family, and life in the beauty of Yosemite Valley?
July 10, 2012
we also believe that it is possible to be concerned about national security and at the same time follow the Prince of Peace. We know that these two concerns don't have to be at odds. But I have found that most people haven't thought deeply about church and state, and war and peace. Where do you stand? If you are not sure, or want to grow in your understanding, I invite you to listen to ten world class leaders address these issues. Please join me in Washington DC, September 14, 2012 for...
July 4, 2012
During a formal lecture on peacemaking, someone raised their hand and said, “Rick, thank you f...
June 28, 2012
Throughout our nation's history, it's been an axiom that Presidents lead us into wars, while Christians provide the flags and the crosses. Barring a few notable exceptions-Anabaptists, Quakers, and early Pentecostals-evangelical fervor has often promoted an uncritical nationalism that baptizes American military adventures with religious legitimacy. It's no coincidence that the setting of Mark Twain's famous War Prayer -in which Twain delivers a devastating critique of the use of religion to justify imperialism-is a Protestant Christian church. Given the historical record, it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement-yet that's exactly what's happening.
June 26, 2012
An Open Letter to American Evangelicals:
I am profoundly disturbed by the American evangelical resp...