One of the Quotations I Keep on my Office Wall

The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence….

The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

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The Power of Short Film

A well made short film is like a poem, it leaves room in it for the unfolding of many different stories.  Vinko Totic, a soft-spoken man who knows first-hand the ravages of civil war has devoted his life to spreading peace and compassion.  When I lived in Ottawa, I knew him best as a organizer […]

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Storylistening Podcast Added: Michael Williams Speaks about Healing Stories and the Middle East

In an earlier post, I wrote about Starhawk’s plea for the telling of new stories in and about the Middle East.  Today, I am pleased to be able to offer a podcast concerning a project  that is being undertaken in Israel and Palestine to bring about the end of the old story and the beginning […]

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