Marie Dennis received the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace 2022 award. Watch and read Marie’s acceptance remarks delivered on August 7, 2022, at the Pax Christi USA 50th anniversary national conference.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.