Peace & Conflict Resolution

Found in Translation: Building Interfaith Bridges through Climate Action

“In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” – Pope Francis, in “Laudato Si’, Care for Our Common Home,” paragraph 3. What an invitation! We all have been grappling with how …

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The Power of Advocacy

Advocacy work, like most professions, is less glamorous than people imagine. Not to say it isn’t rewarding, life-changing, and deeply impactful. It is an experience that stays with you. My first experience with advocacy work was joining a delegation of …

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Turning Away from Violence

In February, Columban Fathers held their first international Inter-religious Dialogue meeting in Pakistan. Columban missionaries, who serve poor and marginalized communities in 15 countries around the world, developed a Plan of Action under the theme “Widen the space of your …

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Human Rights Day and the Forced-Feeding of Detainees: Is this who we are?

December 10 is Human Rights Day, first proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1950. Human Rights Day is meant to remind people of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard for all peoples. This is a …

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Respecting Human Rights through Global Supply Chains

Businesses play a crucial role in protecting human rights and ending forced labor by identifying, preventing and eradicating slavery from their supply chains. The more transparency in the business supply-chain, the less opportunity for laborers to be exploited and abused. …

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Legislative Visit on Ending U.S. Targeted Drone Strikes

Columbans are very concerned with the lack of clarity and transparency in the U.S. government’s justification for lethal drone strikes. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was passed by the Congress on September 14, 2001, three days after …

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The Role of Religion in Peace-building

Our work for peace is grounded in the Constitution of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, which states, “Ultimately [solidarity] is to strive to be the poor in Spirit, to be, like Jesus, thirsting for God’s justice, peacemakers enamored of …

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Advocating for an end to Child Labor and Forced Labor

This week, I had my first experience of researching legislation and voting records of Congressional members. I am researching the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R. 4842). Many of our goods are produced far …

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Freedom for child soldiers in Burma (Myanmar)

Columbans are celebrating some good news for children in Burma (Myanmar). On September 25, 109 child soldiers were released by the Myanmar Army in an attempt to reform its military ranks and reputation, as reported by Vatican Radio. Children are …

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The Injustice of U.S. Targeted Drone Strikes

Recently at American University, I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion and Q&A regarding US-targeted drone strikes and their impacts both in the US and abroad. We had two amazing guest speakers, Chris Woods and Ann Wright. Chris …

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