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An Open Letter To Kathy Kelly On The Beginning of Her Incarceration As A Prisoner of Conscience

Dear Kathy Kelly, As you begin your three-month sentence in federal prison, you carry with you the prayers and gratitude of The Raven Foundation and countless others who find hope in this violent world though the courageous actions of peacemakers like you. I personally want to extend my heartfelt appreciation for your witness to peace, love, and justice. When you crossed the line onto Whiteman Air Force Bas ...

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War In Two Directions

“Sometimes they have drug and alcohol problems and when they feel that the VA is ignoring them, not answering the phone, failing to return calls for assistance or there are long wait times, they get more and more disgruntled. The VA is ripe for a mass killing but no one is listening to us.” The speaker is John Glidewell, former chief of police at the Cheyenne, Wyo., VA medical center, who was quoted in a Wa ...

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Martin Luther King Day Interview With Dr. Rosalie Riegle

It is Martin Luther King Day, and today at The Raven Foundation we honor his memory by recognizing those who, like Dr. King, were willing to put themselves at risk for their commitment to peace and justice. Last week, I reviewed the inspiring oral history Crossing The Line by Rosalie Riegle, and this past weekend I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Riegle and hearing more stories of courageous peacemaker ...

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4 Things You Need to Know about Terrorism and Religion

After my article on the terrorism in Paris last week, readers offered some thoughtful critiques of my position. Their comments zero in on the difficulty inherent in sorting out responsibility for violence without blaming victims or excusing perpetrators. My effort, however flawed, in analyzing this instance of violence had one goal in mind: to discredit our methods for justifying violence.  What seems to ha ...

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Book Feature Friday: Crossing The Line by Rosalie Riegle

Introduction:  “Peaceful, law-abiding…” In clichéd phrases, the latter adjective follows after the former automatically, as if the one were equivalent to the other. Any nation will condition its citizens to believe that the law is a benevolent instrument serving the protection and prosperity of the people. But with violence at the root of civilization and so deeply woven into national structures, fundamenta ...

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The Violence at Charlie Hebdo: A Sacred Tragedy

The tragic death of twelve people at the French weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, begs for our understanding. We must avoid, however, the instinctive need to assign blame or to glorify death. To fall into that trap is to remain ignorant of the surprising relationship between violence and the sacred, an ignorance that has fatal consequences. ATTACKING THE SACRED Charlie Hebdo “thrived on breaking taboos”. Lik ...

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Discover Nonviolent Peaceforce: An Answer to Our Prayers for Peace

How does God answer our prayers for peace? Looking around at the violence at home and abroad, we could be forgiven for feeling that our prayers have fallen on deaf ears. But God hears our prayers and answers with a call of His own, a call that is being answered by courageous peacemakers in the most dangerous and violent places on earth. One such peacemaker is Mel Duncan and the organization he founded, Nonv ...

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Sulking Away From A Failed War

“The only good Talib is a dead Talib.” These words, uttered half a decade ago by the head of intelligence for the NATO coalition force in Afghanistan, summon a far earlier American savagery. As the American empire affects to close the door on its war with Afghanistan, the words also serve as a sort of doorstop propping open our further intervention in this broken country. The war isn’t really ending. Some 1 ...

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War Is Over (If We Want It)

2015 has arrived, and I welcome it with open arms. May it be a year of healing and reconciliation after one filled with tremendous suffering. While my family and I experienced many personal joys in 2014, looking back on national and international events, I see a world plagued by anger, fear, and violence. Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls. Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree in Santa Barbara, ...

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Top 5 Ways to Be More Peaceful in 2015

At 35, I discovered years ago that New Year’s resolutions are a practice in failure. By January 15, I haven’t lost any weight, I keep swearing, I’ve stopped flossing my teeth, and I haven’t learned any new recipes…but I can still make a pretty mean batch of Top Ramen. Here’s another resolution I’m going to fail – be more peaceful. That’ll last until about 12:15 am on January 1st. But if you’re like me, you ...

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