Hijab for Lent

As a Lenten discipline, Lindsey Paris-Lopez will wear hijab in solidarity with Muslims experiencing violence at home and abroad. Jesus, after all, is Embodied Solidarity, and Lindsey hopes that wearing the headscarf will promote interfaith dialogue and peace as she follows Jesus in the way of compassion.

Costa Rica’s Peace Journey

“Our best defense is to be defenseless,” former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oscar Arias says at one point in the film. “Not having an army doesn’t make you weaker, but stronger. . . . The political opinion of the world is our army.” Robert Koehler eagerly anticipates Chicago's 9th Annual "Peace on Earth Film Festival" featuring the extraordinary story of Costa Rica's abolition of its army and the security that has followed in "A Bold Peace."

Tomorrow is Today

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.” Robert Koehler echoes Dr. King's prescient words as the cycle of violence churns on, with shootings on Martin Luther King day in Chicago, Miami, and around the world and an unending global war of terror. Dr. King's wisdom, moral courage and compassion are needed now more than ever.

Epiphany: The All-Vulnerable God

As we await a transfer of power in the United States, Adam Ericksen reminds us that on Epiphany, God was found not in a powerful leader but in a vulnerable child. Likewise, God's kingdom is found not in powerful violence against others, but in vulnerable love for all. "Epiphany tells us that God is not all-powerful. Rather, God is all-vulnerable. God manifests not in a violent ruler, but in a baby."