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Living peace challenge
Peace is not a value that is given; it is a value that we must learn in order to know, that we have to experience on our own skin, we must include in everyday behavior, in small and large acts of love that are done under our eyes. The great value of peace, however, is a value that cannot be taught like any other school subject; it is a value that we must live inside and transmit around us, a value that we have to understand and learn to recognize in things and faces, in the difficult moments but also [...]
Forgiveness and Micro Conflicts
Before concluding I would like to draw your attention to forgiveness in the context of micro or everyday conflicts, the ones that take place at home, school, work, and among friends. Attention is usually paid to the healing power of forgiveness, but its protective or preventive value is overlooked. Often conflicts start out being small. By perpetuating over time, social histories of violence can act as justification for new offenses. Therefore, forgiveness should be a commonly practiced resource; at home, school, work, and among friends. Another victim of terrorism said that he had participated in a pilgrimage for peace. Among [...]
Forgiveness and Macro Conflict by Jaime Cardenas
It is in the field of macro conflict and great offenses where the effects of violence are most clearly revealed. Here, we will see how the offense-forgiveness process works. Then we will delve into how forgiveness relates to truth and justice. The Offense-Forgiveness Process Insofar as the process of violence, what is perceived is, that once violence has been activated, it takes on a life of its own and tends to reproduce itself like a metastatic cancer. It takes on a dynamic offense-retaliation cycle. This is known as violent escalation. It is represented as a destructive centripetal force (Desmond Tutu), [...]
Forgiveness as a Means of Conflict Resolution
Just as clouds in the sky have different shapes, each conflict is unique. Each offense has different reactions. Every experience of forgiveness is also different from the rest. Nevertheless, both in conflict and in forgiveness certain aspects are repeated. My intention today is to draw your attention to some of these common features, because through them we can learn to manage conflict. My aim is not to encompass everything nor to close the circle. I would, however, like to emphasize one thing: forgiveness is not just an aspiration, it is a real possibility. Let me start with a personal anecdote. [...]
Microcredit with Banco Palmas – by Alex Hornung
Banco Palmas is a Brazilian community bank founded in 1998 in Conjunto Palmeira, a neighborhood of 32,000 inhabitants, located in the suburbs of Fortaleza in the state of Ceará, Brazil operating under the principle of the "Solidarity Socio-Economy." It is the first of currently 52 similarly structured community banks, also known as "community development banks" (CDBs), throughout Brazil. It is managed locally by the Association of Residents of Conjunto Palmeira (Associação dos Moradores do Conjunto Palmeira), known by its acronym ASMOCONP, the staff of which is mostly volunteer. Its mission is to implement programs and projects for work and income [...]
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    Living peace challenge
    Peace is not a value that is given;...
    Forgiveness and Micro Conflicts
    Before concluding I would like to draw your...
    Forgiveness and Macro Conflict by Jaime Cardenas
    It is in the field of macro conflict...
    Forgiveness as a Means of Conflict Resolution
    Just as clouds in the sky have different...