Pondering Peace: A Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence Blog

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 »


Seeking Truth – A Reflection for Holy Friday

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands at a distance; for truth stumbles in the public square, and uprightness cannot enter.  Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.  The… Read more »


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 »


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