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Peace Among Friends

Blog by Associate Matt Branstetter, OPA
Blog by Associate Matt Branstetter, OPA

This January I had the great privilege of being a guest at Tashi Kyil Monastic Institute outside of Dehradun, India. I have been interested in Buddhist teaching and practice for a couple of decades. However, outside of books by Chogyam Trungpa and the Dalai Lama, I had had little contact with the Tibetans. My experience at Tashi Kyil was a deeply moving lesson in sincerity and hospitality. This was not a place where strange and exotic yogic practices were undertaken. Their teachings and practices were simple and profound. They were centered in the heart. They were based on two principles: loving-kindness and non-attachment. It was interesting how these work together. From one perspective they may seem mutually exclusive. However, as I would experience firsthand, the presence of guests provides a precious opportunity to bring these two values into a kind of seamless expression. Continue reading →

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A Call to Dialogue is a Call to Peace

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

“Folks have called Carol Raivert Trainer, member of Veterans for Peace, unpatriotic for her anti-war stance.  Some parents move their children away from her organization table at community events, worried that her progressive stance can be caught like some airborne virus without a cure.  ‘Get a job!, a handful of dissenters say to the retiree who has always had one.  ‘Dirty hippie,’ others mutter in attempts to justify their disdain.”                                                       COURIER –JOURNAL   April 24, 2016

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

This past weekend I attended the Black Male Summit at the University of Akron.  I sat with 1700 participants who were predominately young African American men and boys accompanied by teachers, pastors, family and guests, like me.  This was the ninth annual “summit” and the third one that I had attended.   Continue reading →

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Earth Day Calls Us to Right Relationships

Sr. Jane Belanger, OP
Blog by Sr. Jane Belanger, OP

I have a calendar from Appalachian Science in the Public Interest that declares that April is Child Abuse Prevention, World Habitat Awareness & Recycling Month, Cancer Control, Lawn & Garden, Poetry, Guitar and Keep America Beautiful Month. And if this happy compilation isn’t enough to remind us that all things are connected, the very date of April 22, Earth Day 2016 not only marks the 46th year of the event but commemorates also more ancient observances: the Buddhist New Year, the beginning of Passover and the Full Pink Moon, most ancient of all. Continue reading →

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Everyday Heroes

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Earlier this week when I drove to work, I heard a story on NPR about truckers who were working to raise awareness of human trafficking and how to save trafficking victims. This good news story does not come as a surprise to me since I was aware of Truckers Against Trafficking, an organization founded in 2009 to educate truckers about the critical issue of human trafficking and challenge them to act to save lives through their awareness and willingness to act when observing suspicious behavior.

Every day we see truckers around the country delivering mail and transporting everything from the mundane to the exotic. This effort of TAT is a lifesaving effort that has already paid off many times over. Truckers are the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways and are uniquely qualified to help law enforcement confront the problem of sexual exploitation. Continue reading →

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