The Importance of Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution – Part 2

I’m a bit behind on my writing due to moving from the US back to Indonesia, back to our work with local Muslims and Christians pursuing peace.  What a joy to be surrounded by people here who share a common dream for a better world and are willing to put aside their personal prejudices andContinue reading “The Importance of Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution – Part 2”

The Importance of Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution

Effective peacemaking depends on Conflict Resolution–but Conflict Resolution without Reconciliation is rarely effective. This December I’ll be writing a 2-part blog on this topic.  Part 1 is already written and posted on the website of my good friend and amazing peacemaker, Thomas Davis (who will also soon be a guest blogger on this site!).  PleaseContinue reading “The Importance of Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution”

Peacemaking that Produces Intimacy

I was listening to Danny Silk teach on communication in marriage today, and it struck me the implications for the peacemaking process. Danny teaches that many of us have a wrong goal of intimacy, believing that it comes from getting the other person to agree with me.  We don’t value what we don’t believe orContinue reading “Peacemaking that Produces Intimacy”

Peacemaker of the World

One of my favorite descriptions of Jesus in the Bible comes from Micah chapter 5.  Many Christians hear the beginning of this passage read at Christmas foretelling Jesus’ birth: “But you, Bethlehem…from you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel…”  But if you read in the Message translation, verses 2-4 end with the shepherd-rulerContinue reading “Peacemaker of the World”

A Way Out of Hell

Many sources have relayed this story of Gandhi’s extraordinary wisdom in peacemaking. On one of Gandhi’s prayer and fasting to the death attempts to bring Muslim and Hindu radicals to lay down their arms and reconcile, a group of Hindu radicals enter the Muslim home where Gandhi has chosen to fast to lay down theirContinue reading “A Way Out of Hell”

Healing the Wounds of a Nation — South Africa

As we work toward reconciliation between religions, we have to recognize that often other factors of difference, such as ethnicity, culture, language, control of wealth, control of power, etc., are also contributing to, if not driving, the conflict. On the surface, these contributing factors may make the peacemaking effort seem impossibly complex. But at theContinue reading “Healing the Wounds of a Nation — South Africa”