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Ellen Cassedy

On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. On April 16, I will remember the six million. And I will remember the afternoon I spent recently with a group of nuns — an encounter that surprised me and gave me hope.

I was standing on a street corner in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, the land of my Jewish forebears. Not far away was the site of the Great Synagogue, once the spiritual center of a flourishing Jewish community. Now it is an empty lot.

Lost in reflection about the past glories of the...

Rene Wadlow

15 April is the anniversary of the signing of the Roerich Peace Pact at the White House in Washington D.C. in 1935.  Henry A. Wallace, then the US Secretary of Agriculture and later Vice-President signed for the USA saying:

At no time has such an ideal been more needed. It is high time for the idealists who make the reality of tomorrow, to rally around such a symbol of international cultural unity...

Lucas Johnson

How much can we change on our own?

Last Spring, after years of organizing in the United States through FOR and other movements, I accepted a request to serve as the International Coordinator of the global expression of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, IFOR.

It was an honor to take this leadership role in IFOR, although a difficult decision to make as I watched demonstrations at home against the racism and...

Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Every other day in America is Good Friday — death at the hands of the state. It happens so often that the news of such a tragedy elicits a rather ordinary response: “They killed another one.” As the death toll rings throughout Christendom’s past, state violence is ever present. Ferguson — America’s Nazareth — has given birth to a new theology at work in the world. The irrelevance of the church was made evident on West Florissant — the Tahrir Square of the Midwest. 

In the early days of August, a poor, queer, black and female Jesus took up a cross and faced with tanks,...

Jeff Hood
North Texas FOR

While churches always have a plethora of odd smells, there is one that is particularly memorable. Smelling like a mix of mold and mildew, I have always imagined it to be the results of inactive butts marinating in the pews for years and years.

When I arrived for the prayer breakfast on abolishing the death penalty, the smell reminded me that we were probably just going talk without really saying much of anything. In the midst of the hollow words, I started to pray that Jesus would show up. With a small commotion, I noticed everyone looking at the door. Turning, I saw a Buddhist...