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Whose Side Are You On, God?

In the Middle East, religious camps are locked in mortal combat. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – all with a common root and ancestry in this trouble-torn region – are slugging it out to the death, breeding each day more violent strains within their ecclesiastical bodies. Each are flag bearers for their tribal God.  Each claims […]

Hiroshima. The Bomb. Another year.

Hiroshima.  August 6th, 1945.  Another year gone by.  A watershed event in human history. The Bomb is as real and alive as ever, nuclear weapons, nuclear technology, nuclear threats spreading insidiously, silently, around the world. This is the world we live in, and still we bury the truth about the Bomb, we shut off its […]

W.E.B. Dubois – The Souls of Black Folk

I found reading “The Souls of Black Folk”, the 1903 work by W. E. B. Dubois, an extraordinary experience. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt, insightful, and deeply moving book. DuBois was one of the greatest of African-American civil rights leaders, political activists, writers, and historians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He was the first African […]

Gandhi, Peace & Non-Violence

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, Tennessee, once spoke of how his grandfather introduced him to lessons in nonviolence. “I was introduced to peace and non-violence by grandfather when I was living with him as a young boy, and he gave me many lessons […]

Elise Boulding

Elise Boulding was an internationally known scholar and activist in the arena of peace. Born in Oslo, Norway in 1920, she came to the United States with her family when she was three.  Her mother was homesick for Norway, and told Elise stories of Norway that made the young girl think of Norway as a […]

Jane Addams

Jane Addams was a pioneer social reformer and women’s rights and peace activist, perhaps best known for her work at Hull House, a social settlement house that offered social services and educational opportunities to the poor immigrants and laborers of working-class Chicago. She was born in Cedarville, Illinois in 1860 into a prosperous family, the […]

A Reminder from Hiroshima

Akihiro Takahashi Hiroshima Survivor “One of our most powerful talents as human beings, they say, is our ability to forget  But I have never forgotten for a moment the horror of that day.  And when my thoughts turn to this subject, I am forced to realize that August sixth marked the real starting point of […]

ICAN, Nuclear Weapons, & A Christian Nation

ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Peace. ICAN is a broad, inclusive campaign, focused on mobilizing civil society around the world to support the specific objective of negotiating a global nuclear weapon ban treaty. On July 7th, 2017, many of the world’s nations […]

August 6th, Again – Hiroshima

Another year passes.  We come around again, remembering the horror of Hiroshima. Meanwhile, on the horizon, pointed shapes sprout from the Earth, deadly black missiles mushrooming into sight here and there – North Korea, Russia, France, Great Britain, Pakistan, India, the United States, and other countries planning and secretly hoping to bring into bloom these […]

Traveling to a New America – Reno, Nevada

Elizabeth and I were in Reno, Nevada, this past weekend, promoting my books and talking to people about their feelings about America. It was hot, but beautiful along the Truckee River which flows through the middle of town. “What’s your take on America at this time?” is the question we ask over and over again […]