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Best Practices for Peace in 2015

The time-honored tradition of New Year's Resolutions is usually directed toward an individual's ambitions, and usually enjoys a short life. By the end of January, many resolutions have been forgotten or gently set aside. Instead of reflecting on personal goals, Patheos has invited contributors to consider some "resolutions" around faith-based practices that could lead to greater peace in 2015.

It's easy to identify behaviors and attitudes that contribute to social, cultural, or political problems, but it's far harder to make realistic and judicious suggestions about how individuals, communities, and even larger social units — denominations, alliances, voluntary associations, etc. — might contribute to peace within families, between adversaries, in the political arena, and even on a global scale. What traditions, practices, rituals, or new ventures would you like to encourage for 2015 that could initiate greater peace in areas of strife?

Featured Panelists

Three Ways to Create Peace: Listen More, Eat More, Love More

Yitzchok Adlerstein
Orthodox rabbi, Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Finding Peace in the Struggle

Khaled A. Beydoun
Assistant Professor of Law, Barry University


Speaking Peace

Adam Chalom
Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism

Every Minute Peace: Releasing my Inner Corgi

Cat Chapin-Bishop
Quaker Pagan, blogger


Waiting for Peace, Walking for Peace, Listening for Peace

Carole Crumley
Senior Program Director, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

Making Interfaith Peace in 2015

Holli Emore
Founder and priestess of Osireion and Executive Director of Cherry Hill Seminary


Top 5 Ways to Be More Peaceful in 2015

Adam Ericksen
Director of Education, the Raven Foundation

Envision Peace, Live Peace

Rev. Selena Fox
Senior Minister of Circle Sanctuary, Nature spirituality


Being and Becoming: Beyond Peace and Into Peace

Marc Gafni
President/CEO, Center for Integral Wisdom

Fight for Peace: Fight Early, Fight Hard, Fight Well

L. Elaine Hall
United Methodist pastor


We're All In This Together: A Revolution of Peace

Anne Howard
Episcopal priest, Preacher-in-Residence at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, California

The Other Side of My Window

Deonna Kelli Sayed
American Muslim author, blogger


Never Settling for False Peace

Joerg Rieger
Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, SMU

Humanity Before Creed

Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director of the American Humanist Association


Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?

Tim Suttle
Evangelical pastor and author



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