Selected Readings

Selected Readings

by John Paul Lederach
In peacebuilding sometimes it takes twenty years to notice a seed has sprouted.

"At this point in time it is not about the left or right, it is about creating something entirely new. It is about a solution-based {r}evolution made up of millions of voices and neighborhoods, hands and feet and breath and dust, people old and young. The face of this {r}evolution has no color, no name, and no form but that of a people and a world crying out to survive during a time when this is no longer an outcome that can be taken for granted."

"Instead of preparing students for upward mobility within the system, this new paradigm uses the community as the curriculum, challenging students not only to identify issues that need solving, but also to analyze the causes and come up with solutions."

"Instead of looking to politicians for programs that will provide millions of jobs, we need to encourage the creation of work that not only produces goods and services but develops our skills, protects our environment and lifts our spirits."

by Tiya Miles

"Obama is a bad, bad mammajamma," my uncle said, "and a brother that bad can't help but do some good." My cousin, a twenty-two-year-old college student with a football player's physique, said that on November 5th for the first time in his life, he could look anyone in the eye and know he was their equal.

by Tiya Miles

"The Chief Vann House State Historic Site, operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, offers a rare opportunity for the exploration of African American life among American Indians. James Vann and his heir possessed over 100 of the 583 black slaves owned by Cherokees in the first four decades of the 19th century."

by Elie Wiesel
Read the complete text of the prayer Wiesel recited during the program, which originally appeared in a diary and was included in the collection One Generation After.

Read and listen to the South African leader's momentous 1994 speech that was given the day of his inauguration in Cape Town, South Africa.

by Omid Safi, Colgate University

Ramadan was simpler in my childhood: It was about date omelets.

We got up around 4 or 4:30 a.m. to have a suhur, also called sahari, meaning a dawn-time meal. After that, no food and no water until sunset time. For the grown-ups, it meant no smoking, and as they love to joke about it, no sex until sunset. Then we would break our fasts with a meal called iftar. Getting out of bed was always a titanic struggle, but not on Ramadan mornings. We got to have a special treat on those days: date omelets.

In this essay, Chaplain Morris offers seven steps to help in this process. He suggests that communities of worship should be on the frontline of helping combat veterans and their families readjust to life in the U.S.