Author Archives: peggyray1

The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself?

Why are so many people so afraid today of so much?  As a peace educator remarked recently in a blog discussing guns, “The U.S. seems to have become a culture constrained by fear: fear of some threatening other invading our … Continue reading

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Guns and Me

What kind of gun control makes sense?  The national conversation tends to be polarized between staunch pro-gun or anti-gun positions.  To break up polarized thinking and open  dialogue,  sometimes it helps to begin by asking people to tell their personal … Continue reading

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Do Evangelicals and Catholics have similar or different conceptions of God?  What beliefs do they share?  Is there a basis for solidarity between them?  A small group including theologians, church administrators, and lay persons has been meeting in dialogue over … Continue reading

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A Young Boxer Breaks a Mold

Claressa Shields, the young boxer who won a gold metal in the first-ever women’s boxing event at the Olympics, challenged some deep-seated stereotypes when she was interviewed last week by Stephen Colbert.  It seemed to me that this young black … Continue reading

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