Posts by Stephanie Van Hook

We are all part of one another.

Howard Thurman in his sermons on Jesus and the Disenfranchised poses an interesting dilemma about valuing country over life. In his words:  “During times of war hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.”  Let us not become haters of one another–haters of our shared humanity– under any guise at… read more

Peacemaker Family: Begins April 20

“We see the figure of the child who stands before us with his arms held open, beckoning humanity to follow.” ~Maria Montessori “If we are to have peace in this world, we will need to begin with the children.” ~Gandhi Dear Friends, A way to channel fear, frustration, boredom, anger and other strong emotions–as well… read more

“We are all part of one another.” Discussion

Take some time to read and reflect on the following message from the late Barbara Deming, which I came across in a book dedicated to her on the Women’s Encampment for Peace and Justice. These words contain profound lessons for nonviolence and are immediately practical. Please leave your comment and join the conversation below. What… read more

Kazu Haga on the everyday duty to practice nonviolence

Often when we think about nonviolence, we think of practical strategies and techniques: How does one organize an effective sit-in or march? What is the appropriate language to use when addressing someone with whom we are in conflict? And indeed, understanding — and practicing! — these tactics are essential. However, nonviolence goes much deeper than… read more

Paul K. Chappell on Nonviolence and Peace Literacy

This week’s episode of Nonviolence Radio brings Paul K. Chappell in conversation with Michael and Stephanie. Paul is now the Peace Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of the “Road to Peace” book series, but as a West Point graduate and a veteran of the war in Iraq, he is… read more

Are we done fighting?

The work for peace begins when we are ready to try another way of resolving our problems. Matthew Legge, Peace Program Coordinator for the Canadian Friends Service Committee talks about his findings in his new book, ‘Are We Done Fighting?: Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division’. https://mettacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/nonviolence-radio_2020-02-14_09-00-00.v1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |… read more