Building a culture of peace in Baltimore

Let’s Build a Culture of Peace in Baltimore. What would it take? We’ll need to start with a better understanding of what we mean when we talk about Peace. We need to move beyond thinking about Peace only in reaction to war and violence. Peace is much more than the absence of conflict; it is the presence […]

We are the experts we seek

Our society teaches us to seek out “experts”— to fix our cars, heal our bodies, manage our relationships, resolve our conflicts.  You’d think we can’t do much for ourselves.  We’ve created a “nation of clients.” Remember the commercial that shows a big-bellied man sitting at the lunch counter with massive indigestion?  The message of the […]

Keeping people out of prison and embracing them in our communities

One in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34 incarcerated in the United States?1 “Yet you have turned into venom the process of law and justice itself into poison.”2 As the Pew Center for the States released its report at the end of February, the numbers sent me reeling.  Again.  The astounding […]