Four peacemakers are selected each year to participate in an eight-week residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), located on the University of San Diego campus in San Diego, California. The program pairs each peacemaker with a Peace Writer and a documentary film team to document her story and best practices. Selected candidates give presentations on their work both at the IPJ and in the San Diego community and have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, increasing their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts and in post-conflict decision-making.
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The recent column by Tom Harpur – “Middle- class values absent from Bible” – made me again realize how believers of all faiths extrapolate and misconstrue the teachings of the sacred books. [Whig Standard, March 21/14]
Harpur says the Christian religious right has hijacked the field of personal ethics and righteousness under the heading of “moral values” which are not found in the Bible. Instead, he sees the message of the Bible as one of pursuing peace based on the ideal of social justice.
I know there are millions who emphatically believe in a literal understanding of the Bible, Torah or Quran, and they seem to have no doubts about any nuances or possible historical understanding of some of the teachings. For example, if the Bible’s teachings seem to contradict evolution, then evolution must be dismissed.
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CCMW signed another petition on change.org petitioning Al-Maghrib Institute to fire Abu Eesa Niamatullah.