There Will Always be Bullies, and War. But What about Peace? Part 1.

March 1st, 2016. In between the East…. and West…..  standing at the seam of the meeting place…. of the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. This was the place where the Cold War focused… it was a strategic piece of Real Estate in the universe of ideas… It’s snowing outside my hostel near the Keflavik International Airport. It’s 8am. Still dark and snowing. But traffic and life are bustling as the day begins. Kids are going to school in the…

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Peacetalkers or Peacemakers

Last summer I had the opportunity to interview Rev. Mitri Raheb for our movie on peacemaking in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mitri is a pastor in Bethlehem and author of several important books. And he’s a new friend. He is a true peacemaker who as a pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church a few hundred yards from Manger Square, works tirelessly in the effort of making peace. In our interview with Mitri he hit upon an important distinction that I’d…

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A Reluctant Peacemaker

“That’s NOT the Gospel Andy!” I bristled inside as I felt another contrary voice rise up. Many dear friends have sought, with good intention, to re-direct my thinking and efforts back to what I should really be doing as a minister. Apparently peacemaking should not be the main thing, what I should focus on. Rather, I should attend to the spiritual, inner soul stuff. Peacemaking is not it. Whether in the Middle East or right next door in Seattle,…

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More Than a Photo Opp

My heart was moved (and tears shed) by our meeting today with Congressman Dave Reichert of the 8th Congressional district of my wonderful state of Washington. We sat together (Muslim, Mormon, Jewish and Christian leaders) and joined in a positive discussion about the need for peace in Israel/Palestine. We recognized our common concern for those who suffer in the conflict, on both sides. Our congressman committed to meet again, to forming an action group together WITH him to foster…

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