Topic: War and Peace

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    “I’m doing the best I can to live out my faith as I understand it,” says Episcopal priest and Vanderbilt University chaplain Becca Stevens. “Love is the most powerful force for social change.” More

    August 13, 2010 | Comments

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    “As the mind becomes a little more quiet the sacredness of everything, within and without, becomes clear,” says Norman Fischer, who has been teaching meditation for more than thirty years. More

    June 25, 2010 | Comments

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    Watch excerpts from an interfaith service at the United Nations where people from many religious traditions gathered to pray for the abolition of nuclear weapons. More

    May 7, 2010 | Comments

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    Rami Elhanan and Mazen Faraj are members of the Parents Circle-Families Forum, a grassroots group that unites bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have lost immediate family members to the Middle East conflict. Together they promote a message of dialogue, reconciliation, and peace. More

    March 5, 2010 | Comments

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    Engaged Buddhism means “you must confront social suffering,” says Thai scholar and activist Sulak Sivaraksa, “and people suffer now because of the environment.” More

    January 15, 2010 | Comments

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    “We as Muslims have done a lot in terms of the message against extremism. Our problem is that we have not been able to develop an effective way to get the message out,” says Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. More

    January 8, 2010 | Comments

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    In South Philadelphia, a funeral director who has buried many young gunshot victims tries to teach neighborhood teenagers the toll of death. More

    January 8, 2010 | Comments

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    There is increasing scrutiny on Muslims in the US military after the tragedy at Fort Hood, even while the Muslim community strongly condemns the shootings. “Actually, according to Islamic law, what [Major Nidal Hasan] did was criminal, immoral, and unethical and against the teachings of Islam in every way, shape, and form,” says Imam Yahya Hendi, who has met Major Hasan. More

    November 13, 2009 | Comments

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    In his book “Gray Land: Soldiers on War,” portrait and documentary photographer Barry Goldstein writes that “even at its best, day-to-day life in a combat zone has a corrosive effect on mind, body, and spirit.” More

    November 12, 2009 | Comments

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    Revisit our November 2007 Web-only essay on dealing with the spiritual and moral pain of war. “My sense is that this is a fundamentally religious issue,” says clinical psychiatrist Jonathan Shay, an expert on combat trauma. “It’s possible to package it as a mental health issue, but I think we lose out.” More

    November 6, 2009 | Comments

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