Category: Violence/Conflict

With Her Head Held High

Even after her imprisonment and torture, a Sikh woman relentlessly pursues justice for her father’s murder during the state-sanctioned 1984 violence. By Kalpana Jain

A View From the Minaret

A day trip to Caesarea spurs memories of a childhood visit and reflections on how a disastrous past can go unseen even when it is in full view. By Linda Dittmar

Can the Women Do Something?

An inspiring call to action from the Nobel laureate who brought women together across religious, ethnic, and political differences to restore peace in Liberia. By Leymah Gbowee

What Contributes to Moral Progress?

Michael Shermer’s The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Reason and Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. By Bradley Shingleton

Unsealed Memories

Any work toward racial reconciliation and healing must start with facing up to the evils of our past. By Melissa Bartholomew

The Poetry of Pragmatism

The authors address issues, events, and groups about which we often find ourselves unable to dialogue—because acts of violence or deprivation can render us speechless, slip us into denial, or drive us into opposing camps. By Wendy McDowell

Exposing the Fine Lines

A review of Susie Linfield’s The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence. By Chris Herlinger

The Fog of Religious Conflict

Eleven reflections on religious and ethnic conflict, drawing on the author’s formative experience living through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. By David N. Hempton

What Broken Souls Can Teach

A review of Julia Lieblich and Esad Boškailo’s Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning after Terror. By Will Joyner

For the People

Sari Nusseibeh’s What Is a Palestinian State Worth? By Jeffrey Johnson

Choosing Words over Bullets

The grassroots efforts of citizens to build interfaith communities is a social good that helps to hold our nation together. By R. Gustav Niebuhr

When Child Soldiers Become Filmmakers

The frontlines of the Colombian civil war may seem an unlikely place for children to reflect on ethics, but with cameras in hand, they reveal a world where evil has become normal. By Kurt Shaw

Disobedient Ancestors

Québec’s priests, tricksters, and ‘runners-of-the-woods’ as seen through one family’s history. By D. Y. Béchard