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Creative Peacebuilders

Vera Grabe: From Guerrilla to Peacebuilder

How a former Colombian freedom fighter laid aside her arms and embraced peace as a path to our deepest desires.

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Welcomed as Foreigners: Language, Listening, and Overcoming Our Fear of Failure

In Bogotá, Colombia, we learned what it meant to be welcomed as the other, as we watched Latin American artisans of peace build their own unrivalrous space.

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Andrew DeCort
Creative Peacebuilders

Burnout: The Holes in My Teeth and Soul

Andrew DeCort dives into the struggle with burnout and discusses embracing one’s own liabilities and limits.

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Training for Belonging

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Justin and Nathan Beene are transforming conflicts into opportunities for success that give rich and poor alike a common place to belong.

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Street-Knowing: An Interview with Jude Nnorom

When confronted with unjust urban conditions in South Africa, Jude Nnorom answers with the most powerful tools he knows: a humble faith, and the stories of people he’s met on Tshwane’s streets.

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Walking with Onics

From our friends at Street Psalms: Onics Bukenya models the dignity and wholeheartedness that shape a creative peacebuilder.​

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Interview: Dong Jin Kim

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…

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Why do we call them “Artisans of Peace”?

“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?”

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The Promises of Open Wounds

“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.”

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The Struggle of Beauty

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”.

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