Is “REST” a four-letter word for Peacemakers? – by Jer Swigart

Simply put…rest is hard.  It’s hard to do.  It’s hard to talk about.  And, therefore, it’s one of the most important yet completely disregarded habits of Everyday Peacemaking.   During a recent training call with partners from our Embers Community, our friend and Mexican peacemaking colleague, Alejandra Ortiz reflected on the power of rest and…

The Do-Nothing Mission Trip

A guest post from Morgan Schmidt – the amazing youth leader on our most recent “Immigrant’s Journey” Learning Lab – which was featured on World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine blog… Conventional youth ministry wisdom says you probably shouldn’t walk a group of high school students through the red light district of Tijuana. You also shouldn’t make…

Exposure Phase: Enter the Conflict

In a matter of hours, after three months of formational learning in the Understanding Phase, our current Learning Community will immerse into the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in the Holy Land.  This second phase of our Learning Lab will take us off the beaten trails of tourism and into the lives and stories of the Israeli &…

Is “Closed-Door Diplomacy” Best?

In the moments leading up to the third and final Presidential Debate which was to focus on foreign policy, I listened to a political analyst say, “The best international diplomacy happens behind closed doors.” I thought that was an interesting statement, one that caught my attention, especially having just returned from the Middle East with…

How To (and Not To) Respond to the Current Crisis in the Middle East

My heart is heavy. Every day for the past week, every social media outlet has told their version of the current uprising stretching across the Middle East (Egypt, Libya, Yemen) . Whether it’s pictures of Embassy’s burned to the ground, rioting citizens or highly politicized comics, the surge of content has been anything but “feel-good”…