Monday, May 31, 2010

to remember is to work for peace

we spend a disproportionate amount of time in the united states celebrating our violent heroes - those who have given their lives with a weapon in their hands. but what about those who have died serving peacefully?

this image was taken in hebron, the largest city in the west bank. i took this photo on our visit in 2007. it shows a christian peacemaker team volunteer, as well as a tree that was planted in honor of tom fox, the cpt activist who died in duty in 2006. you can learn more about christian peacemaker teams and how they serve nonviolently at their website.

today is memorial day. i hope you can take some time to remember all of our fallen heroes.


Petrea Burchard said...

Bless you, Ben. Thank you for your peaceful take on this day.

ben wideman said...

Hope it wasn't too much of a soapbox moment.

Petrea Burchard said...

Not at all. And if it was, everyone's allowed many more than one, especially when they're heartfelt.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

A friend of mine's mother was kept out of the Japanese internment camps due to the quaker network. There's a quaker meeting place in Pasadena

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Did I congratulate the happy couple on their new addition?


ben wideman said...

Indeed - there are a few historic peace churches in the 'dena, and a many more who think Peace is an awfully good way to live!

Thanks for the congrats, PA. She is growing like a weed!