From our friends at Street Psalms: Onics Bukenya models the dignity and wholeheartedness that shape a creative peacebuilder.
Crafting unRivalrous Space Lyle Enright Why does our networking so often look more like throwing parties and making space for the unknown? “It’s, you know, a gathering,” I told my wife, not sure what other word to use. “A gathering of creative peacebuilders.” “So, like a conference?” she said. I shivered as I zipped my […]
The first thing I noticed about Dong Jin Kim was his smile. It’s a generous smile, and quiet. He doesn’t look like a person formed by one of the most dangerous places on earth…
“Creative peacebuilders” sometimes sounds like a contradiction. If we imagine peacebuilders doing dangerous and grueling work, we imagine artists differently: a painter, safe in a studio, studying a canvas and waiting for inspiration. So why call those committed to justice and peace “artisans?”
Our Chief Operating Officer, Jason Ferenczi, has spent extensive time in both Ukraine and Russia. Here, he speaks for himself and the unRival Network Team as he reflects on the current state of war.
“These stories are tiny but amazing,” Julijana says. “They radiate potential. But it all starts by recognizing the wounds of the other, by not being oblivious to the victims on the other side.”
It is Joel Aguilar’s fervent hope that a nonviolent “human catechism” might transform the streets of Guatemala City–because, as he says, “beauty deserves to live here”.
A new grandmother reflects on her embattled relationship with her alcoholic father, and on her older brother’s determination to cultivate a peace that passed understanding.
UnRival exists to build meaningful connections among those doing this lonely but essential work of creative peacebuilding. We are moving slowly, listening carefully to unheralded peacebuilders around the globe. Like them, we are hopeful.