An invitation from
international peacemaker Daniel Buttry

Here’s your chance to help heal our world by reading and sharing these inspiring stories.

NEW! Who is your visionary? That’s our current question in Interfaith Peacemakers. We began this inspiring new series of profiles and columns with a chapter from my book on “Prophets and Visionaries” plus two profiles of South African visionaries: Desmond Tutu and Stephen Biko. Each week, I’ll post profiles of other kinds of visionaries. And I want you to help … please read along and share this news with others?

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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. Suddenly, with troops on the move, peacemaking is much more dangerous—and more urgent. In 1991, the far-reaching power of the old Soviet Union finally toppled after countless activists took to the streets in the nations that eventually would form our current maps of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Some of us remember those days. News magazines marked the end of the Cold War with cover stories about the dawn of a peaceful new era. Most of today’s college students were born long after those globe-changing events. This era isn’t “lived memory” for them—it’s ancient history. So as Russian nationalism and expansionism fills the news, we need to recall the dissidents and activists who brought down a system that was massive in its repression and seemingly entrenched forever.

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, through 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 in that country. 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. In January, we observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day by publishing a profile of King. (Scroll down on this page for links to all of our inspiring January stories.) Then, in February, we reminded readers that many heroic men and women risked their lives in that historic campaign for justice. We began with profiles of three amazing women: Septima Clark, Diane Nash and Ella Baker. Then, we continued with profiles of 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.)