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Paul K. Chappell

Swords into plowshares | An interview with Paul K. Chappell

Paul K. Chappell was born in 1980 and raised in Alabama, the son of a Korean mother and a biracial father who’d served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Leaving the army a deeply troubled man, the older Chappell abused and traumatized young Paul, who nevertheless chose to pursue a military career himself, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2002 and serving in Iraq as an […]

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Brock Travis

Brock Travis, Ph.D. | Trauma to peace

Several years ago a very nice lady called me on my way out of the house, “We want you to teach mindfulness for veterans.” I said, “You know, I’m not clinical anymore.” She said, “I know, I read your website.” I said, “You know, it’s spiritual now.” She said, “I know, I read your website.” I said, “Who did you say you were with?” She said, “The VA.” I said, “Veterans […]

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Mitchell Toews | The peacemongers

After a summertime ballgame, we sat in the shade of the playground’s toboggan slide and somehow the conversation wandered from baseball to the philosophical. Our Mennonite elders taught us peace and how to live in a congregation and a community. Our greatest collective efforts as a people were directed at prevention and resolution. Other, less noble, efforts concerned denial and a refusal to face the conflict that found us. Sometimes […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Swords into plowshares

A Force More Powerful is a 1999 feature-length documentary film and a 2000 PBS series that describes six successful 20th century nonviolent movements, including Mohandas Gandhi’s leadership of the Indian Independence movement, the American civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the Danish resistance to Nazi Occupation, the Solidarity movement in Communist Poland, and the Chilean democracy movement to remove military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Written and directed by Steve York […]

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