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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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