Ferguson: No silence, no acceptance

I usually resist the urge to write about every heartbreaking event that comes along. I’m a slow blogger, and by the time I finally write something the moment has often passed.  But here’s the thing: silence sometimes looks like acceptance. So let’s talk right now about Ferguson, Missouri. This looks like complex situation in whichContinue reading “Ferguson: No silence, no acceptance”

A Conversation on Genocide and Whiteness

Jean-Baptiste, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, wants his story told and remembered. I had the privilege to sit in his home and listen. Listen. It started with house burnings. Then cattle thefts. Then machete hacks and seven days in a pit, praying, surrounded by the dying and the dead. Ten siblings among theContinue reading “A Conversation on Genocide and Whiteness”

2013: Signs of Hope in Seattle

I see broken inter-group relationships everywhere I go. This is part of my DNA as a peacebuilder, but it can become heavy. I must remind myself to celebrate the positive. There were signs of hope around Seattle in 2013. Representative Jim McDermott introduced the Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act. There’s a history here of broken promises. TheContinue reading “2013: Signs of Hope in Seattle”

What does God think of Thanksgiving?

The turkey leftovers are gone, but I’m still thinking. Most of us know that the ‘Pilgrims and Indians’ story taught in school has been – ahem – sanitized. But the day is about being thankful, so it’s all good, right? Well, sort of. I do like Thanksgiving. It’s not about the food; it’s about beingContinue reading “What does God think of Thanksgiving?”

I Can’t Not Look

I can’t not look at ‘unpeace’ in the USA. I’ve never been able to look away. Wherever in the world I’ve wandered, some stubborn part of my heart has never stopped monitoring the pain unfolding in my home country. I learned the term unpeace from colleagues in Mindanao, Philippines many years ago. Unpeace simply meansContinue reading “I Can’t Not Look”