All of us yearn for a peaceable and just world, but some roll up their sleeves and set to work to make the dream real. Blessed Peacemakers celebrates 365 of them, one for each day of the year.Their stories are...
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All of us yearn for a peaceable and just world, but some roll up their sleeves and set to work to make the dream real. Blessed Peacemakers celebrates 365 of them, one for each day of the year.Their stories are richly diverse. They share a commitment to peace and justice, but the various contexts in which they work make each of their stories uniquely instructive. The peacemakers include women, men, and children from across the globe, spanning some twenty-five hundred years. Many are persons of faith, but some are totally secular. Some are well known, while others will be excitingly new. They are human rights and antiwar activists, scientists and artists, educators and scholars, songwriters and poets, film directors and authors, diplomats and economists, environmentalists and mystics, prophets and policymakers. Some are unlettered, but all are wise. A few died in the service of the dream. All sacrificed for it.The world is a better place for the presence of blessed peacemakers. Their inspiring stories embolden readers to join them in nonviolent resistance to injustice and the creative pursuit of peace.
Kerry Walters is a professor of philosophy and peace and justice studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of many books, including Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed, and Practicing Presence: The Spirituality of Caring in Everyday Life, and editor of Rufus Jones: Essential Writings (Orbis).
Kerry Walters teaches Philosophy as well as Peace and Justice Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. The author or editor of more than twenty-five books, he is also a longtime peace activist. Robin Jarrell is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. She is past coeditor (with Kerry Walters) of Episcopal Peace Witness.