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Effects of the Raid in Yemen: Commiting to Nonviolent National Security

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As the situation in Yemen unfolds and more information comes out, it is clear – Killing the family of “bad guys” just to “collect intelligence” is immoral. We need to Commit to #Nonviolence. How can we justify this kind of action when there are countless other ways to gather intelligence and thwart terrorists? Just because we […]

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Baltimore Police: An Opportunity to Commit to Nonviolence- Let’s Do It!

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Baltimore City recently reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore City Police Department.  The decree comes after a yearlong civil rights investigation revealed “widespread racial bias, use of excessive force, repeated patterns of unconstitutional arrests and hostility towards women and LGBT civilians, as well as other civil rights violations.” Under […]

Commit to Nonviolence – The Essence of #LiveORANS

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From ORANS founder, William Senft : For 2017 and this Martin Luther King holiday, the message below from Pope Francis says everything that I hope and pray for. It also sums up what Louise and I wanted to bring forth in our book, Being Relational. I believe that a Christian approach to life and conflict, particularly as […]

Keep Moving On

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Being centered helps you to keep moving on, even when your emotions are on overflow.  When you are stirred up, your heart races.  When your pulse goes up by a mere ten beats per minute, whether you are two years old or eighty-two, you slip out of gear because the oxygen to your brain is […]

Back to Center, Back to Calm

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Being centered is a counter-egoic way to hack being calm! By focusing on the breath, you can bring clarity back into your thoughts and actions.  Read some helpful tips on how to be more centered here.  

Who Will Stop Bullying?

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“It is estimated that 1 in 3 kids will be bullied in school. Often, it just takes one person to stand up against the bullying to make it stop and let the person being bullied that they have someone who cares about them.” It might be back to school, but bullying happens outside of the […]

Baltimore Affordable Housing: Is Secrecy to Avoid Conflict a Wise Option?

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Both the Democratic and Republican parties are struggling with in-party opposition towards their candidates. These conflicts, if they escalate or are left unresolved, could cause either party to lose their unity. Refocusing on relational principles could help to mend some fractures. But that’s not politics as usual, is it? In order to explore the way in which being […]

The Death of “Just War?”: We Don’t Need No More Trouble!

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You probably haven’t noticed, but there’s a secret hidden in what’s missing from your Facebook newsfeed. While you’re probably seeing a lot of posts about terrorism, fear, death, and, it seems, general world-wide chaos, there are likely fewer posts about one of our oldest and most damaging conflict resolution strategies: war. In a Medium article […]