Tag: war

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May 24, 2017

Challenging the notion of the “Muslim world,” what dedication to peace looks like, and the weight words — and actions — carry.

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May 24, 2017

Beneath the backyard cookouts and parades lingers a quiet and often unnoticed grief. A military counselor on the true heart of Memorial Day: bearing witness to veterans’ stories to bring them fully home.

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April 4, 2017

Fifty years ago today, on April 4, 1967, a reluctant Martin Luther King stood in Riverside Church in New York. Omid Safi on the promise of that moment and where we are today.

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August 12, 2016

One of the hibakusha, the survivors of Hiroshima, reflects on life after the bombing in frank words: to honor the lives destroyed, and hope that her experience with death imparts a lesson about the preciousness of life.

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July 8, 2016

Elie Wiesel, the beloved writer known for his profound memoir of the Holocaust, Night, speaks of the power of prayer and forgiveness in the wake of profound suffering.

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May 7, 2016

After his childhood friend enlists in the IDF, a journalist of Lebanese heritage reflects on the journey of understanding he’s traveled with someone on the “other side” of the conflict.

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April 30, 2016

The daughter of refugees pens an open letter to her mother. She reflects on the inheritance of suffering, offering this ode to the resilience of the human spirit and gratitude for the opportunity to flourish.

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April 26, 2016

What might you store in a vault meant to preserve your most cherished things for generations to come? Sarah Smarsh shines a light on the stewards preserving earth’s biodiversity from a mountainous vault in Norway.

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March 31, 2016

The violence in Lahore on Easter Sunday thrusts us once again into disbelief and mourning. Omid Safi on the necessity of the right response, and the resilient stories of love and neighborliness that often go unreported in the face of terror.

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January 7, 2016

Sometimes when a conflict involves Muslims, “Islam” may not be the best category for understanding it. Omid Safi with a reflection on the current crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and why framing it as religion is not the most helpful framework.

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December 25, 2015

On this Christmas day, read Dr. King’s final Christmas sermon from 1967 — a prescient reminder of our interconnected world in 2015, with neighbors living halfway around the world and in our backyard today.

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December 19, 2015

A Dominican friar-turned-soldier reflects on the essential role he’s discovered as a “combat shaman” — and how his work of spiritual growth and guidance continues from the pulpit to the ranks.

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December 16, 2015

Through the story of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, a ballad and some thoughts on holding despair and human possibility.

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October 31, 2015

Civilizations elevate the best in cultures and people. A composer encourages us to rethink the phrase “clash of civilizations” and, by definition, civilization can only fuel human flourishing.

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October 5, 2015

A classic love song takes on new meaning in the light of darkness. A war correspondent hears Ry Cooder’s version of “Dark End of the Street” as an ode to suffering and the light that shines on.

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August 6, 2015

The prophetic voice is one that challenges, adapts, and evolves alongside history. Omid Safi reminds us of the sermon Dr. King never gave and invites us to live up to his hopeful invitation to create an America that is yet to be.

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April 15, 2015

Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering. But how do we turn the power of suffering toward new life? It depends on our willingness to exercise our hearts so that when suffering strikes, they are suppler and more able to break open to new life.

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October 5, 2014

In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.

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June 27, 2014

With ISIS insurgent forces moving towards Baghdad, a religious historian hears the echoes of past foreign policy missteps. And, once again, he sees Sunni and Shi’ite forces preparing for war.

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January 21, 2014

What happens when we choose anger and hatred over vulnerability and love? A short video with a World War II veteran who tells a personal story about being confronted by the German enemy and the power of music.

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November 11, 2013

Rachel Button sent us this poem marking the parades that often go unacknowledged on Veterans Day.

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March 14, 2013

For service members returning home from combat, PTSD diagnoses are commonplace and extensive. But one VA psychologist argues that the complications of PTSD compound to create a moral injury — one that requires a community, not a clinic, in order to heal.

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April 9, 2012

“Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.”
—Robert E. Lee, in a letter to his son

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January 2, 2012

Forty years ago, the very first sermon I heard preached in a Mennonite church was on non-resistance. It was exactly…

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July 21, 2010

There are stories within stories that are desperate to be heard, and when they’re heard, they bring us to the place of encounter and empathy, which is the essence of hope and humanity.

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February 9, 2010

As the newest addition to Speaking of Faith, my first task has been to prepare the show “No More Taking…

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January 5, 2010

Saw this over the weekend in the London Times and thought it was worth sharing for those of you who…