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It's my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, reflections and recollections; to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic, and, from time to time, personal. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of these changing times and learn together how to shape a positive future for ourselves, our communities, and the generations to come.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Admissions: A Parable of Peace



If you haven’t seen the film Admissions, please avail yourselves of the opportunity to see this beautiful parable of the foundations of peace and the end to war. See the message from producer/writer John Viscount, which includes a link for a free screening.

Admissions received its world premiere at the 2011 Global Summit of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (GAMIP) in Cape Town, South Africa. It has since toured film festivals around the world and received many awards.

I will be joining John Viscount next week as he screens Admissions and offers a following workshop at AGNT’s Awakened World International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Buddha as Community Peacebuilder



We may have a powerful ally in community peacebuilding! An article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle chronicles The Buddha’s work in dissolving crime and building peace in a formerly crime-ridden neighborhood of Oakland, California.

See the article here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Militarization of Police



And the backlash begins! What’s the Pentagon going to do with all this stuff when it gets dropped back on their doorstep? Maybe put it on Craigslist or Ebay? Or donate it to Goodwill?? Click here.