Peacemaking

No Justice but Social Justice

October 4, 2016

A while ago, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance from church about the concept of Justice. I had been describing the ways that we see working toward social justice within our community as an essential part of living out the Gospel. He, on the other hand, was fully in support of “justice” as […]

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A Guest Post I Wrote About Wheaton, Theology, and Love

January 19, 2016

For today’s post, I chose to weigh in on the recent Wheaton College/Prof Hawkins fiasco, particularly from a pragmatic missional perspective. Just in case you’ve been lamenting the lack of controversy on our blog… I wrote the article for Threads UK, a website for young adult Christians in the UK. Here’s a snippet: Wheaton, while […]

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A Guide for Young People on Resisting Hate and Islamophobia

December 15, 2015

Fear and hate have become a dominating voice in society today; we as are constantly bombarded with news about ISIS, violence in Iraq and Syria and many other places, terrorist attacks and threats of terrorist attacks, and a lot of prejudice against Muslims and refugees in the US and Europe… the world feels pretty scary […]

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Journey into Peace, Part 2: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

November 10, 2015

Previously in this series: An Introduction to Peacemaking    Playing war was easily one of my favourite pastimes as a kid. I suppose that’s not uncommon, but I soaked it all up. When I was little, it was re-enacting Civil War battles in our living room and pretending any object imaginable was a gun. Or […]

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Journey into Peace, Part 1: An Introduction to Peacemaking

November 3, 2015

You may have noticed that I talk a lot about the idea of peace and the need for peacemaking for a while now—here, on Facebook and Twitter, in materials for our partners, in conversation… but I haven’t always been good at explaining what I’m actually talking about. This is important to clarify, because for the […]

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On Being Spiritually Cross-Cultural

October 6, 2015

A while ago, a friend in the neighbourhood sent me a Youtube video of an interview with a guru that he had found helpful in his spiritual journey. Because the interview was an hour long, it took awhile for me to get around to watching it. I finally made the time for it this weekend, […]

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“I Have a Husband”

September 29, 2015

“I have a husband.” As I sat in the cafeteria of the Borghese in Rome last summer, I noticed a woman at the next table over having an… “interesting” conversation with a man standing next to her. It took me a minute to pay attention. I’ll admit, I was a bit self-absorbed—I was tired of […]

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No Faith in War: “No Arms Deliveries Today Please”

September 22, 2015

Recently, I learned that the world’s largest arms fair is held right in our backyard at the Excel Centre in East London. Stop and absorb that for a second. It’s a giant glorified exhibit for death and destruction selling the very latest technology in killing people: tanks, machine guns, rockets, you name it. And the UK government invites […]

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Slice of Life: Churches and Mosques and Meeting your Neighbours

February 24, 2015

It’s a beautiful thing when people of different faiths and backgrounds sit down to share some food and finally meet those who live next door to them! This past Sunday afternoon we were privileged to attend such an event right in our neighbourhood. You’ve heard quite a bit about our work with The Feast in […]

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“But it’s not nice to yell….”

January 20, 2015

“No! No! NO! NoNoNoNoNo NO!” A twelve-year-old girl was yelling at the top of her lungs as she punched the big pad I held. We were teaching a self defense workshop last week for a girls’ youth club, demonstrating basic wrist escapes and palm strikes and giving everyone a chance to try it out. I […]

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