An invitation from
international peacemaker Daniel Buttry
Can music change the world?
Of course it can! This summer, we are celebrating musical peacemakers—and in most cases we are bringing you entertaining and inspiring video clips along with our columns! (Click on photos above to enjoy our new stories.) So far, we already have published profiles of Carrie Newcomer, Pete Seeger, Sting, Joan Baez, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Matisyahu, Musicians without Borders, Mahalia Jackson, The Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Playing for Change, The Singing Revolution, Pablo Casals, Tommy Sands, Arnold Ap, Victor Jara, Vedran Smajlovic and Leonard Bernstein—plus music videos!
WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL As the world looks back to this terrible conflict, which began 100 years ago in the summer of 1914, we are publishing inspiring stories reflecting on that war, including: “World War I in Song: Eric Bogle’s ‘Green Fields of France’,” also “Eric Bogle’s ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’,” and this profile of the great Danish composer Carl Nielsen.
Play your part in this … I am inviting all of you to share some of the musicians who have contributed to world peace. Contact us at ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com
What can you do?
- Read these stories. You can help to help heal our world by reading and sharing these inspiring stories. Click on any of the three photos above to start reading the latest stories.
- Share these stories. Tell people about the simple URL that will bring them to this website: www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com
- Contact us with your ideas for future profiles.
- Buy the books.
April/May: Prophets and Visionaries
Who is your visionary? We began this inspiring new series of profiles and columns with a chapter from my book on “Prophets and Visionaries.” The profiles in this series have included: the late Sandra Kay Gordon, Desmond Tutu, Simone Weil, Simeon Booker, Michael Morton, Michelle Alexander, Stephen Biko, Julia Ward Howe, Father Bob Braconnier, Evelyn Underhill, Jim Wallis, Jeannette Rankin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh, Nehemiah Rosell, Dalai Lama—and the late Glen Stassen. We even devoted one week to the contribution of children’s books: Little Golden Books, Patrick Gilmore and John Muir. We also published three columns from Maine by contributing writer Duncan Newcomer: American prophet Phineas Quimby; then Welcome to Belfast, Maine (where Quimby lived); and Those Eyes! (about Quimby’s remarkable appeal).
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 Kyi; 22 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.