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Homage to Bishop Desmond Tutu

What could be a more telling indicator of the values that infuse the Global Campaign for Peace Education than Bishop Tutu having joined the co-founders, Magnus Haavelsrud and Betty Reardon on its inaugural panel at The Hague Conference in 1999? Desmond Tutu was the embodiment of the staunch commitment to just peace that peace educators aspire to cultivate.

Pax Christi USA recognizes Rev. Bryan N. Massingale with the 2021 Teacher of Peace Award

In her nomination of Rev. Massingale for the 2021 Teacher of Peace Award, Pearlette Springer, coordinator of the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team, wrote: “Fr. Bryan has been a ‘teacher of peace’ most of his life, going above and beyond the norm to sustain efforts to address social injustices within the Catholic Church. … He continues to push the envelope in service to BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.”

Clearing Meditation for Holy Week

The COVID-19 virus has certainly brought in unsettling anxiety inside our mind, body, and spirit. Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, leads us into a guided meditation that focuses on checking inwards to clear the space for a meaningful Holy Week encounter.

The Importance of Peace Education in Bridging Spiritual Differences

A lot of animosity and divergence stems from disparities between people of different races and spiritual beliefs. In order for global peace and harmony to prevail, even if only to an extent, we need to learn to respect people of all colors and creeds, uniting through our mutual desire for peace and harmony.

Why Peace Education is the Future for All Religions

84% of the world’s population are religious, thus religious considerations must be taken into account when introducing peace education. Here is the basic teaching on peace from three of the world’s religions, all of which are linked by the concept of reciprocity: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Prophetic, Practical Peacemaking in Syria and Iraq

The Church of England’s only Syrian-born clergyman, Dr Nadim Nassar, is also Director of the London-based Awareness Foundation, a charity that provides peace-making education in Syria and Iraq and builds understanding between faiths in the UK. The scars left by war and brutality are deep but the education programmes run by the Awareness Foundation are transformative.

Addressing Religious & Ethnic Violence Through Peace Education in Myanmar

This report, by Mary Pham, a fellow with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, details her applied research examining best practices of civil society strengthening that can drive positive social change and increase justice, rights, peace and development in Burma.

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