Category Archives: Peace

President Obama and Gun Control

Dear President Obama, I was touched by your speech introducing the executive measures you are putting in place to reduce gun violence. Your evident compassion for the victims of gun violence and for the grieving friends and family members of … Continue reading

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A Call for Positive Role Models.

By Maisha Todd The Arab Spring of 2010 was well known for its uprisings in countries like Egypt and Syria, which started out promising but did not end that way. On the other hand, the tiny country of Tunisia, which … Continue reading

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July 4th: Can We Celebrate and Atone at the Same Time?

By Peggy Ray When I was a child growing up, my Dad set off some (probably illegal) rockets in our back yard on July 4th. We children burned sparklers. The rocket bursts were just an exciting entertainment, and I never … Continue reading

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On Sexual Violence

Sexual violence:  What is it, where does it come from and how do we get rid of it? These are questions that came up for me in two sessions I attended at the recent UN Commission on the Status of … Continue reading

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We Might Extinct Ourselves- A Living Room Dialogue Reflection

Continuing our new program Our Common Ground we held our first Living Room Dialogue. The group present shared personal stories based on the question “How has your relationship with the earth changed or developed?”. Fiona Murray, a junior in college … Continue reading

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Let Me Try to Enlighten You

“Slavery: Here and Now,” a panel discussion on human trafficking, hosted in St. Aloysius Church, was a heart-wrenching and enlightening turning point of my life.  It was held on October 23rd, and attracted a good number of males, females and … Continue reading

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Tainted Beauty

We love our clothes. We love to look good, learn about trends; what colors complement our skin tones and seasons. There is nothing wrong with vanity and wanting to look beautiful. As long as we have a sense of vision, … Continue reading

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Peace Through Dinner Dialogue – LGBTQ Families Day

If there is one community that can promote peace in a small and powerful way, it is the family, especially when sitting around the dinner table.  A family can offer the love, support, and understanding that makes asking questions and talking … Continue reading

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Locker Room Bullying: An Analyis

Jonathan Martin – the player for the Miami Dolphins who left football, at least temporarily, as a result of relentless locker room bullying – has prompted some voluminous soul-searching. (Whether it leads to meaningful action remains to be seen.) I … Continue reading

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Mass Shootings—Why do they happen?

As mass shootings and other school killings continued to make headlines in 2013, this fall students at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City bravely took on a play about the 1999 Columbine High School shooting — Columbinus. Although the … Continue reading

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