Pondering Peace: A Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence Blog

Let Us Still Dream

The events of recent days have been disheartening. The destructive disrespect, threats of execution, and overt violence by those attempting to overthrow democratic processes at the U.S. Capitol remain stunning.  Continued online… Read more »


Epiphany 2021

  As I write this, it is the first day after Epiphany 2021, the first day after the U.S. Capitol building was stormed by those seeking to disrupt and overturn the formal… Read more »


Political Anxiety and Speaking Out for Peace

  Election day is finally here.  It has been years and months and weeks and days of increasing political anxiety, and now election day is here.  A recent Harris Poll conducted for… Read more »


Choose Life

by Ruth Rosell  “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30: 19 These words are found in… Read more »


The ‘Angry’ Emoji and Proverbs 15

  Proverbs 15: 1, 18 (NRSV) A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife, but those who are slow to… Read more »


Medical Bankruptcy, Personal Luck, and a National Sin

By Tarris Rosell I was raised on a farm up in Minnesota by Fundamentalist Depression-era parents. Among the many rules taught by words and deeds was that you don’t buy what you… Read more »


Pandemic Pause

It has been a couple months now since I packed up my office, taking with me the books and files needed to teach online from home.  For some in the healthcare field… Read more »


50th Anniversary of Earth Day: A Reflection

by Rakmi Shaiza “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 4:24.   I only came to hear about Earth Day after I moved to the… Read more »


Holy Saturday – Liminal Space

  Holy Saturday, situated between the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is what might be called liminal space.  It is an in-between time that bridges what was, to what will… Read more »


A Lament

  “My God, my God, why………?” Why has our world been turned upside down, as wave after wave of crisis and grief crash over us? Why the betrayal, the dissonance, the difficulty… Read more »


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