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Fear and Peace
Light Up the World - See how groups worldwide are brightening our future through this interactive map of the emerging superpower for peace.
The Syrian Crisis, A Reason for Gratefuness?
The Price of Peace - An article by Br. David Steindl-Rast exploring the cost of an extremely high good.
All in the Same Boat - Together we can do something for peace, as this interview with Brother David shows.
Meditation on the United Nations - What do you say to a gathering of the world's most prominent spiritual leaders? Read these poignant words of Brother David at the close of the 30th Anniversary of the U.N.
The Three Pies - In an excerpt from her book Evolving Towards Peace, Jalaja Bonheim shows that by opening our hearts to people with trust instead of judging them out of fear, we can bring out the best in them.
Light a Candle for Peace - Many people feel that these are dark days with “wars and rumors of wars.” We can lift the darkness by our prayers and actions, and also by the ancient ritual of candle-lighting.
Where the Mind Is without Fear - In this poem, Rabindranath Tagore honors the desire of people everywhere to live in a world not "broken up into fragments."
Prayer, by George Ella Lyon - Can you imagine what Our Mother Who Art in the kitchen is cooking up? This extraordinary poem takes a look at a divine Mother who is tender, nurturing, and – when warranted – fierce.
Gift Person: Vinoba Bhave: "All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts."
Gift Person: Etty Hillesum - What Etty Hillesum stands for is gratefulness against all the odds, even in a death camp.
Gift Person: Ben Salmon - Ridicule, solitary confinement, and even getting dragged off to an insane asylum only intensified Salmon’s resolve to oppose militaristic idolatry by placing faith in God’s justice and mercy alone.
Gift Person: Dorothy Day represented a new type of political holiness - a way of serving Christ not only through prayer and sacrifice but through solidarity with the poor and in struggle along the path of justice and peace.
Maternal Love by D.N. Rowan. We can keep giving, spreading strength
and calm, embodying that exquisite balance of wisdom and compassion of
a maternal Buddha, or a maternal Christ.
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Mindfulness Bell - There's nothing like a daily meditation or prayer practice to cultivate inner peace. Here's a chime that can assist your quiet time or even serve as a random reminder to wake up and be grateful.
Israel and Iran: A Love Story? - A TEDX talk by Ronny Edry of Israel. He accidentally created an online movement for peace in the Middle East when he posted a Facebook image that declared "Iranians, we will never bomb your country."
Courageous Conversations - This documentary by Jim Dessauer of Interfaith Works of Central New York honors five people from The Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue Group who - for 30 years - have been building bridges of understanding that affirm the dignity of all people and all faith traditions.
A Song is Born… “Mademoiselle” - In 1942, 20-year-old Andrée Geulen risked her life as part of the Belgian underground to save the lives of 3000 Jewish children. In 2012 Guelen turned 90 and was honored by one of those hidden children who wrote a poem that blossomed into a song.
Courage Gallery - The dictionary calls courage "the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear." Here are some more spiritual reflections on this quality that enables you to step out into a fuller — and freer — way of living.
Practicing Spirituality with Quakers - Quakers have time-tested strategies for times of economic insecurity: live simply; blend inner spiritual examination and social action to create a more just world; live in truth and serve others. This e-course, available on demand, consists of 40 emails, each with a short passage by a Quaker writer and a suggestion for how to practice that thought during the day.
Practicing Spirituality with the Peacemakers - This e-course, led by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, is available through an on-demand system where you choose your own dates. It starts with the inner peace of contemplation and then moves out to bringing peace to the family, neighborhood, and workplace. What does it mean to practice compassion in the midst of the daily grind where tensions reign and tempers often flare? Then the course will take the personal and make it political, studying how peacemakers have resisted the formidable powers of war and destruction.
Sulha, an ancient Arabic ceremony for reconciling enemies, today brings together Israelis and Palestinians in ever-increasing numbers. These videos overflow with mourning, hope, and celebration:
The Dhamma Brothers - This organization - as shown in its documentary film about the demonstrable, positive effect of meditation on inmates and staff in the U.S. prison system - aims to create conversation and a call to action about the need for effective rehabilitative programs.
A Season for Nonviolence - See the many ways you can participate in this International peace movement, including daily practices to build courage to speak and act with respect, honor and caring.
The Gifts of Uncertainty - Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy speaks to Bioneers in 2009 about how to live in a time of radical uncertainty.
Pilgrimage through Kham: Medical mission in Tibet -
Peace Every Day Initiative - Create peace by joining in meditation and prayer with thousands of people at sunrise and sunset each day.
Turtles Can Fly - Without morally sledge hammering the audience, Bahman Ghobadi – writer and director of this film, who grew up in Iraqi Kurdistan and now lives in Iran – presents through real life situations a pedagogical vision that we seriously consider the needs of innocent children before we decide to go to war.
Pathways to Peace - This presentation of stunning photography and quotes by peacemakers encourages us to cultivate patience, charity, determination, gratitude, hope, and other qualities that pave the way for peace.
Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World - Author Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg writes that the first step - to reduce violence, heal pain, resolve conflicts and spread peace on our planet – is to develop an internal consciousness of peace rooted in the language you use each day.
100 Words: 200 Visionaries Share Their Hope for the Future - William Murtha's book offers stories of hope and community from the growing movement of everyday people who believe that their collective actions can inspire a better world.
Hostage at the Table - George Kohlreiser, a veteran hostage negotiator, helps us become aware of how we can be hostages to our own past and perceptions and reveals conflict-resolution techniques that we can apply to any personal or business relationship.
|Peace Activism - We fully support peace activism. If you are looking to get involved we recommend you start with this annotated list of peace organizations.|
ANGeL's goal is to offer you through this website an immediate and intimate experience of living gratefully. In selecting topic resources, as elsewhere, we favor quality over quantity. This page is not meant to be a directory of related websites and organizations. Rather, we have selected a few specific links and readings that we believe are most helpful in getting you in touch with your experience. Of course, the Internet is vast and our knowledge is limited; so if you know of a link or a book that is more helpful than what's listed, be sure to let us know.