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[1 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]
Holy Days and Holy Terror

Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold
It’s one of those weeks when the great religions observe solemnities together—and apart. Ramadan ends today with the feast of Eid al Fitr and the Jewish High Holy Days have begun, building to the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, on October 9. This week ends on October 4 with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi – he who traveled unarmed, with one unarmed companion, through the bloodbath of the Fifth Crusade to visit the Sultan Malik al Kamil. Their conversation has been called the …

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[15 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 85. I’ve Been to the Mountain─and Back

- by Molly Mayfield Barbee
The first time I arrived in Caux, Switzerland, I stepped off the train and asked a kindly-looking older gentleman on the platform if he could point me to the Initiatives of Change conference center. He insisted on taking my massive rolling duffle bag, then walked with me toward the grand front entrance of Mountain House (pictured above). As we walked, we talked about where we had come from to be at Caux. When I mentioned I had flown in from Khartoum, where I am currently based …

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[15 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 84. Style and Substance: 
 Women Who Make It Their Way

- by Mary Liston Liepold
This issue of PeaceTimes highlights three fashion-forward women entrepreneurs. Sharifa started out in Afghanistan and came to the US, where she has designed gowns for Miss USA contestants. Nadya started in the US and followed her heart to Bali, where she continues to learn from the culture and more than 70 skilled craftspeople produce her one-of-a-kind creations. And Adenike (who was featured in the documentary Africa Open for Business) remains happily rooted in Lagos, Nigeria, where she grew a groundbreaking business in children’s clothing while …

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[30 Nov 2007 | No Comment | ]
November 30, 2007: Simple Giving

Last week in the US we celebrated Thanksgiving. This feast commemorates a time when the indigenous people of this country and the settlers from Europe—Pilgrims, as we called them when I went to school—sat down to break bread together. It’s also the official beginning of the holiday season—for many of us, a time of frantic shopping and guilty over-consumption.

If our ancestors had maintained the harmony with our gracious hosts on this continent that they enjoyed so briefly on that first Thanksgiving, they might have learned other ways of looking at earth’s bounty and other ways to think about giving. This issue offers gift suggestions for the holidays and every season based on one gently countercultural American family’s experience and spotlights opportunities to learn from the real authorities: thirteen indigenous grandmothers who have taken the planet under their care.

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