America has unwittingly contributed to prolonged conflict in Israel/Palestine, our original and main area of focus. We’ve led more than 110 delegations of American leaders on delegations to Israel/Palestine, with an emphasis on evangelical Christian communities, introducing them to our pro/pro/pro approach to peacemaking. Already, they’re shifting the conversation in key parts of American society.
One common reaction after returning from Israel/Palestine is: “I get it. I see that my community is involved, and so I have a responsibility to help shift the conversation back home. But how can I do this work with integrity when I myself don’t know many of my neighbors? Or our own American story?” We’ve launched an “American Pilgrimage,” beginning on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, winding through New Orleans, Jackson, MS, Selma, AL and ending in Montgomery. Excavating the complexity of our American story, so that our communities of peacemakers might become more aligned in their work here at home.
Apartheid formally ended in 1994. Yet this country and its people continue to struggle in a supposedly post-conflict era. We’ve begun weaving our networks of peacemakers into the realities and conversations here, bringing attention to communities no longer of interest to much of the world, and learning important lessons for what it means to be truly post-conflict, and how to get there. What is the difference between equality and equity, and why is this important?
What is sometimes described as an 800 year-old conflict ended with the U.S.-brokered “Good Friday Agreement” in 1998. Yet post-Brexit, many of the foundations of this fragile peace have been shaken. We’ve developed new immersive programming to learn the important lessons from the historic success of the Peace Agreement, and also what peacemakers must focus on to not only keep, but deep the roots of, peace—especially in turbulent times.