Pondering Peace: A Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence Blog

Reflections on the Politics of Contempt

“Super” Tuesday during Lent – March 3, 2020 By John Jones IV, Ph.D. 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders… Read more »


One Church’s Response to Joining God in Saving the Earth

  Several members of Englewood Baptist Church in Gladstone, Missouri, participated in Joining God in Saving the Earth: Mobilizing for Action on the Climate Crisis at Central in October as their churchwide… Read more »


Lessons in Following Jesus from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Love Your Enemies” (Part 2)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also helps us understand what Jesus meant when he told us to love our enemies.  Almost inevitably, efforts towards justice will be resisted by those who are… Read more »


Lessons in Following Jesus from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me” (Part 1)

As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, I am reminded of the profound influence his life and teachings have had on my thinking, faith, and understanding… Read more »


Blessed are the Peacemakers

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence    It was still Christmastide – a season for celebrating the birth of Christ.  In the weeks leading up to… Read more »


4000 Volunteer Hours Later: My Reflection on Leading Stitching Change

by Rakmi Shaiza Not long ago, I heard a live interview broadcast on NPR about a four-year-old grandson saying goodbye to his grandfather because his family was no longer safe to stay… Read more »


Earth’s Caretakers

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence National Geographic regularly shows up in my newsfeed, and I find much that is intriguing.  I love learning about our… Read more »


A Time to Speak about the Climate Crisis

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence   Most weekends I am able to escape the hustle and bustle of Kansas City and retreat to our place… Read more »


Teaching Jesus’ Nonviolent Way in Myanmar

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence   Recently my husband Terry and I, along with our son Nehemiah, were in Myanmar, teaching the class “Transforming Society… Read more »


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