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[10 Jun 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Can't We All Just Get Along?

Can we get along?

President Obama’s words at the end of his speech in Cairo last week really resonated with me: “The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth.”

I’d like to think that his message was a shout out to all peacebuilders everywhere. And, that there is no greater vision, mission, or duty than to work for peace.

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This Week's Peace Action »

[7 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Take time for a family/household meeting using Circle Principles.

Level: Family—Peace Principle: Community
Circle Principles:

Speak one at a time.
Affirm the contributions of each member.
Promote honest communication.
Listen actively without judgment.
Offer experience, not advice.
Invite silence when in doubt.
Rotate leadership.
Build consensus.
Maintain confidentiality.

Learn more about Circles.
Join a Circle today!

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Voices from the Frontlines »

[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Iowa and Algeria Share a Hero

Mary Liepold
From our good friend David Crumm at Read the Spirit comes a story in the spirit of President Obama’s June 4 address to the Muslim world. Historian John W. Kiser (center) wrote a book about a Muslim hero, Emir Abd el-Kader. High school students in Elkader, Iowa, read the book and wrote essays about its subject. Here are excerpts from two of the best.
From Rebecca Roberts (pictured at right):
“Elkader is an odd name for a little town. It is especially odd for one in the middle of nowhere in …

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