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Martin Luther King: Retos al amor

Martin Luther King: Retos al amor

January 15, 2016 | La experiencia del amor resulta ser el elemento más significativo de la vida de los seres humanos. Nuestra humanidad se realiza y alcanza su plenitud a través de una auténtica vivencia del amor. El amor debe ser así el proyecto  fundamental en la vida de cada persona y de cada sociedad. Nuestra desvinculación del amor, sea en el plano personal o social, resultará profundamente perjudicial al desarrollo de una vida humanizada y feliz. Esta perspectiva es central en el pensamiento del profeta negro Martin Luther King. Read more »

Crossing Borders: A Way of Death to a Way of Life

Crossing Borders: A Way of Death to a Way of Life

December 21, 2015 | Twenty-five years ago, on October 24, 1990, I boarded a plane to begin a new step on my journey towards the most significant border crossing in my life. For much of my adolescence the prayer I prayed the loudest was for God please, please to end my suffering; whether that end would come through my death or through a transformation of my life was irrelevant to me, I just hoped for an end. Somewhere in my teens I lost my faith in a loving God that would help me make my life better and began to believe that life was simply a matter of survival, and that God was, at best, nonexistent or, at worst, indifferent to my suffering. My courage to continue living was mostly dependent on the small sense of power I got from the knowledge that, if things got too bad for me to tolerate living anymore, I had the power to take my own life and end my suffering. Read more »

Walking in Missouri

Walking in Missouri

December 21, 2015 | I am still quite a ways from completely processing all that happened during our time in St. Louis and all that it might mean. The question I have for myself is what I will do with this new knowledge I have gained. How can I translate this experience into something that has benefit to my children? To my church and my community? To my country? I am not sure how to answer those questions yet. Read more »

Silly Games?: Postcard 3 from Uganda

Silly Games?: Postcard 3 from Uganda

December 15, 2015 | Then the Big Wind Blows for those who have ever participated in a demonstration. Those who have ever been arrested.  For those who have ever pointed a gun to kill. No one gets up. Read more »

Answering God's Call

Answering God's Call

December 14, 2015 | Late in January 2011, we received an email from the World Friendship Center (WFC) American Committee. They asked if we would consider becoming the Directors of the World Friendship Center, a peace organization in Hiroshima, Japan. They wanted us to start work in May.  Read more »

Playing for Our Lives: Postcard 2 from Uganda

Playing for Our Lives: Postcard 2 from Uganda

December 12, 2015 | The Big Wind Blows, if you watch it without sound, looks like a silly children’s game – the one-fewer-chair-than-kids kind. There’s a stack of cards in the middle of the circle. I start out with the one on top; it’s meant to be easy, comfort-zone stuff. Read more »

Proud to be a Girl: Postcard 1 from Uganda

Proud to be a Girl: Postcard 1 from Uganda

December 11, 2015 | A classroom full of girls, Primary Four to Primary Seven, all dressed alike in sky-blue jumpers, the uniform of Atratraka Primary School, Chiro Town, a few hundred metres from the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The first of a few classes today, it would seem, and I am feeling a bit over my head. Read more »

BPFNA Board selects projects to receive Gavel Peace Fund grants for 2016

November 10, 2015 | At the October 2015 meeting, the BPFNA Board of Directors approved projects to receive Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund grants in 2016. The Gavel Fund was established by a bequest from Victor and Eileen Gavel to support peacemaking projects around the world. The Fund has been typically focused on work outside of North America, and a new Gavel Fund application process was approved in May 2015 to make it more open to partners within the continent. Read more »

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