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A Recipe for Reconciliation: Truth, Conflict, & Peace

Part 1: An introduction to the Recipe We often have misconceptions about peace and conflict. Our inclination is to define peace as the absence of conflict. We avoid conflict, therefore we try to avoid “controversy,” uncomfortable topics, and painful truths. The end result, is quite often silence in the face of problems, silence in the …

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Part 5—Birth: The Summer of Blood and Birth of Peacemakers Discussion Group

Series: How Peacemakers Began July 5, 2016, rolled around. It was a year to the day that I attended the first discussion of “Race, Confederacy, and the South” that Reverend Fletcher had held at the coffee shop. This was the same day that Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was killed at almost point-blank range …

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Part 3–Watering the Seeds: The Love Your Neighbor March

Series: How Peacemakers Began Part 3–Watering the Seeds: The Love Your Neighbor March Throughout the summer and fall of 2015, as the discussions on race, the Confederacy, and the South continued at the coffee shop, I did much soul searching, self-examination, as I grew more uncomfortable with my own silence in the face of the …

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Part 2-Planting the Seeds: Real Talk at the Coffee Shop, Race, Confederacy and the South

Series: How Peacemakers Began Part 2-Planting the Seeds: Real Talk at the Coffee Shop, Race, Confederacy and the South It was on a Monday night, July 6, 2015, when the seeds were sown that would eventually grow into what became the Peacemakers Discussion Group. That night, 13 Christian people, African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic gathered around …

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Part 1-Tilling the Soil: Charleston Church Shooting & the Summer of the Confederate Flag

Series: How Peacemakers Began Part 1-Tilling the Soil: Charleston Church Shooting & the Summer of the Confederate Flag So much has happened in the last three plus years that perhaps many have forgotten that summer. I will never forget that summer. The summer that a young, white-supremacist gunman gunned down nine African-American Christians during a …

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