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Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: We Need a World that Works for All—Not Just for All for Whom It Works

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: We Need a World that Works for All—Not Just for All for Whom It Works

June 18, 2018

With that simple phrase, Pádraig named, with a kind of poetry, what so many of us are fighting for: a world that works for all of us, not just for the few for whom it seems to be already working.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Understanding is Not Complicity

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Understanding is Not Complicity

June 15, 2018

Being able to understand is not the same as justifying, or agreeing with, or supporting. It’s simply being able to get your head around why and how that person, in their context with their story and their pain and their experiences and their relationships and their wiring, might come to think and act as they do. In the end, this is all about empathy.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Importance and Insufficiency of Names

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Importance and Insufficiency of Names

June 11, 2018

Pádraig helped open this up for me—the importance and insufficiency of names. At once, it does not matter what names we use—because no name can actually hold what it tries to name; and also, it matters entirely what names we use—because our words create and break worlds.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Language is Magic

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Language is Magic

June 8, 2018

I love that the Bible opens with a story. And even more so, I love that the story is of how everything began with language. God speaks words, and then things are. In the story, it was like magic.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Introduction to Series

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Introduction to Series

June 5, 2018

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and leader of the Corrymeela Community. From March 1-April 2, I shadowed his work. I want to tell you about what I learned.

The Story We’re All Yearning to Tell

The Story We’re All Yearning to Tell

May 25, 2018

I think part of what this reveals is that we are all moving through life yearning to be true, authentic, and vulnerable with each other. We want desperately to show our true selves to each other. To have our pain and our pride, our vulnerability and our victories, seen and heard—even by total strangers. We have stories we don’t want to keep inside. 

Book Endorsements

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from the foreword

“[Where the River Bends] is important … We cannot encounter these pages and remain unaffected. But what will happen to us if we listen to those we tend to ignore? This book is one way to find out. I encourage us all to listen.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from the foreword
Michelle Alexander, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

“We can theorize about what forgiveness really means, or we can talk and listen to those we have viewed as unforgivable. Where the River Bends … offers depth of insight and perspective that is rare yet essential if we are going to move to higher ground.”

Michelle Alexander, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow
Shane Claiborne, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution

“…Where the River Bends is a book pregnant with the hope that comes through the power of forgiveness. Don’t just read this book… let it move you to become an agent of mercy in a merciless world.”

Shane Claiborne, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution
Brian D. McLaren, bestselling author of A Kind of Christianity

Letters from “Apartheid Street” is “a valuable resource for all who are called to be peacemakers – which should mean all of us.”

Brian D. McLaren, bestselling author of A Kind of Christianity
John Paul Lederach, peacebuilder, author of The Moral Imagination

“Our field needs passionate, on-the-ground, first hand descriptions of the challenges of constructively engaging settings of deep and painful conflict. [Letters from “Apartheid Street”] provides just such a window.”

John Paul Lederach, peacebuilder, author of The Moral Imagination
David Dark, author of Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious

“Pay serious heed to Michael McRay.”

David Dark, author of Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious
Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

“Surprisingly invitational… [Letters from “Apartheid Street”] is a book worth reading and rereading. As a guide for activism, I hope these reflections will have a profoundly rippling effect.”

Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Englewood Review of Books

“Most of us seem content to merely believe stereotypes we hear about prisoners from television, movies, etc. [Where the River Bends], however, shatters this view of the criminal offender.

Letters from “Apartheid Street” is “invaluable, necessary, and absolutely brilliant.”

Englewood Review of Books
Marc H. Ellis, author of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

“What is hopeful about [Letters from “Apartheid Street”] is the humanity the author shows through his interaction with Jews and Palestinians. In a down to earth yet profound way, this book shows Jews a way out of the injustice of occupying another people.”

Marc H. Ellis, author of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation
Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel – North America

Letters from “Apartheid Street” is “an important read for human rights workers who want to do this work with integrity, but more importantly, who want to learn how to be the change that they want to see in the world.”

Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel – North America