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Sowing seeds for peace and justice

I write to you from Northern California, where the Paperwhites have been in bloom since just after Christmas; these first blooms of spring come earlier and earlier each year.

Giving Our Bodies to Kelly Gissendaner

2066 In February of 1997, Kelly Gissendaner orchestrated the brutal murder of her husband Doug in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Sentenced to die in 1998, Gissendaner’s appeals process is about to run out.  Barring a miracle, Gissendaner will be executed by the State of Georgia on Wednesday night (2/25/2015).  Those of us who grow up in the South know well how

FOR job posting: Staff accountant [closed]

Update: This position has been closed.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation’s first interfaith peace and justice organization founded a century ago, seeks a staff accountant, based in Nyack, NY.

Writing from Prison: The Front Page Rule

After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news via back issues of USA Today available in the prison library, and an “In Brief” item, on p. 2A of the Jan. 30 weekend edition, caught my eye.

The Ashes of Rodney Reed

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The words are being repeated over and over again across Texas today. Texan after Texan will be reminded of their own mortality. In addition to the introspection, I pray that God will add a little outerspection to Ash Wednesday here in Texas and pierce the hearts of Christians about the approaching March 5 execution of Rodney Reed.

Islam shows us the way to love and justice: Tribute to Our 3 Winners

Whoever kills a single soul, it is as if he has slain all of humankind entirely.” (Holy Qur’an, 5:32)

Love, love, love

Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion — towards ourselves and towards all living beings.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

In order to have compassion for ourselves and for others, it is often necessary to step outside of our current situation, to gain perspective and be released from that which we may find ourselves mired in.

Scheduled to Die Tonight: My conversation yesterday with Tim Storey

Reflections on Tim Storey: The Man Beyond the Headlines during his last hours of life, which state officials are planning to end tonight.

Notes from phone conversations with Tim, his mother and stepfather, Pat and Joe Basler, Feb. 9, 2015

Going South: "Hey Boy, Are You One of Them Civil Rights Workers?"

In spring 1965, I was a senior in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and assumed I would graduate in June, just a year behind schedule. In addition to doing ongoing course work and preparing for my final exams, I was working on a thesis of 100 to 150 pages required for graduation.

There Is A River

There is a conversation about racial justice flowing throughout the land. Read on for just three examples in different parts of the country.

How are you a part of it? We want to know! Please email and let us know what is going on in your communities so we can feature it in the future.