In my first video from a few years ago I talk about how this all started for me. Nouwen strikes a chord when he says "the choice is no longer between peace and war, but between peace and the end of history."
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Misunderstanding and conflict between Muslims and Christians is rampant and sadly growing. Peace in the Middle East? Never! This is part of today’s story but not the entire picture. While news headlines often feature the bad news, this drowns out the many, and I would add predominantly good news stories that I experience every day in my relationships with Muslims and in Israel-Palestine. The bad news is often exacerbated by a large megaphone grabbed by those who set fires of misunderstanding and prejudice, “othering” each other as they promote more conflict instead of seeking truth and making peace. There is stuff that happens. For sure. Extremists on all sides, in all quarters of the globe seek to hijack basic human rights, or the message of faithful adherents who find God calling us to peacemaking instead of living in enmity and fear of each other. But that's not the whole story.
A Local Church Pastor
“Through personal storytelling, biblical preaching, and literally getting us out of the church and into a mosque, Andy walked alongside our church with the question, “Compelled by God’s love, what does it mean to love our Muslim neighbor?” Wise, gentle, and prophetic, Andy doesn’t just talk about peacemaking–he lives it.”Website
Lay Church Leader“Andy spent a weekend at our church recently speaking about his bridge building relationships with Muslims. This approach resonates in contrast with so much media attention to extremists. It was a new message for a lot of our members, but they seemed willing to listen and be open because of Andy’s gentle and non-threatening presence. Now we can discuss this topic more freely and see our Muslim neighbors in a new light, building friendships as God leads.”
Professor of Reconciliation Studies“We recognize you as an agent of change for reconciliation and an influential community leader. We’d like to invite you to influence the next generation of community leaders here at Seattle Pacific University.”
Pastor“Andy Larsen recently gave a presentation and engaged our congregation around the question, “Who is our neighbor?” His knowledge and experience as a bridge-builder and peacemaker was evident as he encouraged us to look outside our normal circles of friendships. Andy is well-suited for this ministry as he travels effortlessly between Muslim and Christian communities and invites us to do the same.” Website
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