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Persevering in the Practice of Peacemaking

By Telos alumna Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner.

Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (ESV)

Advent marks the beginning of the new church year, a helpful time to take stock of where we have done well and to reflect on areas where we hope to grow and change. 

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What we’re reading: To Love is to Act

From Telos Executive Director and Co-founder, Todd Deatherage:

Marva Barnett, professor of literature at the University of Virginia, has spent much of her life studying, teaching and loving the work of Victor Hugo. Her recent book, To Love Is To Act, is a beautiful and timely collection of essays on how the themes of Hugo’s celebrated work Les Miserables represent the author’s deepest values,

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A Rosh HaShana Message

From Telos Program Coordinator in Jerusalem, Carly Rosenthal.

This Rosh HaShana (Jewish New Year) I’ll be saying shana tova u’metukah (‘have a sweet and happy new year’) with an even more pertinent message as the world deals with the global health crisis. In Israel we’re going into another nationwide lockdown for at least 3 weeks starting on the eve of Rosh Hashana this Friday,

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Battles on Balfour Street

Telos team members Marina and Carly, based in our Jaffa office, reflect on and share their experiences at the recent and ongoing protests across Israel demanding Netanyahu’s resignation from office.

 

“Democracy for all.” Our throats are dry from the shouting, but the continuous loop of chants and drums won’t fall silent.

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Drinking Tea in Area C

Telos 2020 Summer Fellow Sarah Sturm shares a reflection on her time working with peace activists in Israel/Palestine in light of the recent proposal to formally annex large parts of the West Bank. She says, “This is not a moment to step back from the peacebuilding work we are engaged in,

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Racial Equity Resources

Peacemakers remember that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. In order to effectively support an American commitment to peace in the Middle East, we must first commit ourselves to the fight for equity and peace in our own communities.

To do that, we’ve collected suggested readings, online materials,

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The #TelosTrees Forest is growing!

Join the #TelosTrees campaign by June 30th!

Peacemakers from across the Telos network and beyond have committed to nurturing new life, shared their messages of hope, and given to sponsor new life in places facing difficulties greater than ours.

As we face daily challenges to secure security, dignity, and freedom for all—both abroad and at home—we look to this community.

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An Event and Adjustment: Racial equity and a moment for grief

This past week has been full of grief.

We grieve the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. We grieve the violence committed against Black communities for centuries. We grieve the destruction of property and attacks on innocents in our cities. We grieve the incredible loss of life and livelihood from the pandemic.

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