Archives for Jul 2013

A Father's Love

I have learned so much from my Muslim friends over the years. Does it sound strange to your ears to hear me refer to Muslims as friends? To some it does. As we do life together and share the ups and downs of the day-to-day, we get very close, and we share our frustrations and our joys. I have found that people all over the world have similar concerns, whether Christian or Muslim or any other faith.

Peacebuilding Communication Leads to Healthy Organizations

I had the privilege of doing mediation, peacemaking, and organizational consulting for a Christian organization recently. We faced a seemingly intractable conflict and dysfunctional organizational practices. As was expected, this led to tense moments and periods of confusion. However, there was success on all three fronts: mediation was accomplished, peace was experienced, and the organizational realignment was implemented. Why were we successful?

From Perpetual War to Building Peace

The U.S. is moving away from the state of perpetual war that has marked the post 9/11 era. President Obama's May 23 speech on counterterrorism policy makes a strong case for moving the country in the direction of new, more comprehensive strategies that address root causes of terrorism as well as its violent manifestations. He rightly notes that force alone cannot make us safe and that perpetual war will prove self-defeating, and alter our country in troubling ways.

My Jihad Against Islamophobia and All Kinds of Religious Discrimination

I sat down for a meal with Imam Karim and announced I was there to partner with him in his jihad against Islamophobia. A big smile flashed across his face as he reached out to shake my hand across the table. But this conversation was not just about my jihad against Islamophobia.

Seeking Peace Among Muslim Refugees: Three Lessons Learned

World Refugee Day was June 20th, and in honor of that day and all the refugees among us, we'd like to share this blog from Josh Prather, one of our PCI staff who has been working with refugees in Phoenix for several years and has learned a great deal along the way.