An invitation from
international peacemaker Daniel Buttry

Who is your visionary? We began this inspiring new series of profiles and columns with a chapter from my book on “Prophets and Visionaries,” including: Desmond Tutu, Stephen Biko, Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. This week, I share three of my own visionary figures who lit the way for my life work in peace and justice. Two are well-known, including one featured in Blessed Are the Peacemakers. One was known only in a small circle of friends, activists, and congregants. Fame isn’t a necessary mark for being a visionary presence in people’s lives.

Start thinking now—to play your part in this … I am inviting all of you to share some of the visionaries who have shaped your life and thinking. They can be well-known figures or they can be lesser-known. Share a bit of their life and witness for peace and justice and how that shaped you. Contact us at ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com

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March: a focus on Russia and Eastern Europe

The world is trying to respond to Russia’s takeover of a major portion of Ukraine. In March, I wrote a personal note of encouragement to Ukrainian peace activists, since I have worked with many of them. I turned a spotlight on Russian peacemakers with a profile of Russian peace activist Yuri Shevchuk. I shared a new documentary film on how men and women in the Republic of Georgia are working to overcome conflict between various religious groups. And we published a profile of Georgian peace activist Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze, recently honored by the U.S. State Department for her work in peaceful reconciliation. And, we published profiles of three peacemakers who played major roles in finally throwing off Soviet power: Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Vaclav Havel, and Lech Walesa.

February was Black History Month

Throughout February, we published stories celebrating Black History Month inlcuding: Septima Clark, Diane Nash, Ella Baker, James Lawson, Bernard Lafayette, John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Lucius Walker and Daniel Hunter.

January was Interfaith Peacemakers Month

For 31 days in January 2014, a new story was added to this webpage—and we have kept those stories online for you to share with others. January 1 was Angelina Grimke; 2 was Leymah Gbowee; 3 was Vedran Smajlovic; 4 was Jonathan Sacks; 5 was Etty Hillesum; 6 was Joseph Brodsky; 7 was St. Hugh of Lincoln; 8 was Victor Frankl; 9 was Maha Ghosananda; 10 was Kabir; 11 was Imam Abdullah Antepi; 12 was Vern Barnet; 13 was Howard Thurman; 14 was Lady Deborah Moody; 15 was Cyrus the Great; 16 was John Leland; 17 was Gandhi; 18 was Daniel Barenboim; 19 was Rabindranath Tagore; 20 was Martin Luther King Jr.; 21 was Aung San Suu Kyi22 was Abraham Joshua Heschel; 23 was Nelson Mandela; 24 was Stephen Biko; 25 was Carl Upchurch; 26 was Rusudan Gotsiridze; 27 was Mother Maria Skobstova; 28 was Grigol Paradze; 29 was Pete Seeger; 30 was Imam Moussa al-Sadr—and 31 was Masahisa Goi.

(Originally published at www.ReadTheSpirit.com, an on line magazine covering religion, spirituality, values and interfaith and cross-cultural issues.)