Just wrapping up a busy month in Memphis, with American Stories at Memphis Theological Seminary and American Stories at First Congregational Church. I’ve been to Memphis a few times now, and I’m always drawn in by the combination of history, music, food, and good people. I had the chance tp speak at the seminary, and I also set up a studio to ask, “How does your faith impact your view of social justice?” Some of the replies are below, and […]
Matt Meyer is a teacher, author, and peace activist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a longtime member of the War Resisters League and was founding chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. Matt views the status quo as unjust and believes that an international movement of radical social change is required to create lasting peace in the world. “Dr. King talked in the last years of his life about the need for a true revolution against militarism, racism, […]
Bud Welch lost his only child, Julie Marie, in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. She had worked as a translator in the Alfred P. Murrah building for just five months when Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew it up in what remains our nation’s largest domestic terror attack. When Bud saw a news clip of McVeigh’s father, he saw a man who was as lost and broken as he was. Eventually he reached out to Bill McVeigh. The two men […]
Eastern State Penitentiary was built as a monastic experience. Originally designed to house 250 prisoners on the outskirts of Philadelphia, it opened in 1829. The prisoners were kept separate. They weren’t allowed to speak. Their single hour of daily recreation took place in the tiny private yard behind each cell, surrounded by tall walls so they wouldn’t encounter another person. Their meals were passed through a small slot in the door. Prisoners were given a single book. A Bible. The […]
Tuesday night was a great celebration of a long effort to produce our new book, A Peace of My Mind: American Stories. Thanks to everyone who came out to Squirrel Haus Arts for the release party. There were people who’ve been in my books, people who helped support and fund the books, friends, family, and more. If I could judge it right from up front, there were smiles, tears, nods of understanding. Neal Hagberg provided great music to balance and […]
You can learn more about this series by reading the previous two posts. You can learn more about life by reading these six short stories. Thanks again to all who shared.
Categories: Blog • Tags: a peace of my mind, American Stories, APoMM, black and white, dialog, diversity, healing, hope, justice, listening, mypeace, peace, photography, portrait, race, reconcilliation, sojourners, stories, truth
I am spending the week at the Sojourners Summit for Change in Washington DC. Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners and also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book is America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and a Bridge to a New America. It’s my second year at the Summit, a gathering of leaders who use faith as a means to work for justice. This year’s focus is the intersections and implications of race in our work. […]