Resources for Good Practice
Update October 2013
Member Care in Mission/Aid
Living in Truth and Peace
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Living in truth and peace: what does it mean to you? Can we have one without the other? How do these ideas—or better, these values and practices—become increasingly part of our lifestyle and member care work? We view truth as involving how we accurately and honestly represent reality. We view peace as involving our sense of wellbeing and harmony (inner/personal, relational/community, etc.).
The first set of resources on truth includes brief quotes on truth for personal growth and a compelling book on self-deception. The second set of resources on peace includes short videos with personal perspectives about peace and a declaration on freedom of religion and conscience. So how are we living in truth and peace? Explore your answer via the resources below.
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell
These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and for peace in your courts. Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury…Therefore, love truth and peace. Zechariah 8: 15–19
Living in Truth
JC et al.—Living in Truth. Here are 16 short quotes related to living truthfully taken from a variety of sources. Each quote is followed by a quote from Christ. One way to use these entries is to read one per day (online or printed) and then reflect on it and apply it during the day. The quotes can shine light on our virtues as well as bolster our resolve to examine our own distortions—memories, motivations, and morality. (quotes are from CORE Member Care weblog)
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box (2010). The Arbinger Institute. “Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.” (back cover). “For too long, the issue of self-deception has been the realm of deep-thinking philosophers, academics, and scholars working on the central questions of the human sciences. The public remains generally unaware of the issue. That would be fine except that self-deception is so pervasive it touches every aspect of life. “Touches” is perhaps too gentle a word to describe its influence. Self-deception actually determines one’s experience in every aspect of life. The extent to which it does that, and in particular the extent to which it is the central issue in leadership, is the subject of this book.” (from The Arbinger website) http://arbinger.com/product/leadership-and-self-deception/
Watch the short video introduction for the book—about the destructive “germ” we all carry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxl8mwLanfw
Living in Peace
Geneva Peace Talks: What Does Peace Mean to You? (Watch the video--mentioned in the next paragraph) “Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples….The theme of the first 'Geneva Peace Talks' is "What does peace mean to you ?" [held 20 September 2013] Speakers [related] their own personal stories about practical involvement in peacebuilding, dispute resolution, or violence reduction, emphasizing how their engagement shaped their own understanding of peace. It [highlighted] how multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral peace really is, and how we need to draw on all disciplines to foster sustainable peace…The theme also [triggered] reflection among the audience about what peace means to them.” (from the website of the United Nations Office at Geneva)
Watch the video from 20 Sept. 2013 by clicking here: http://webtv.un.org/watch/geneva-peace-talks-2013/2685525496001/. We suggest starting at minute five in order to view the moving seven minute presentation by the first presenter, Fatuma Adan from Kenya. Other presenters discuss hostage negotiations, peace building/living during civil war (Lebanon and Liberia), neurobiological insights on conflict, mindsets that dehumanize people, etc.
The Global Charter of Conscience: A Global Covenant Concerning Faiths and Freedom of Conscience. “Keenly aware of the titanic promise and peril of our time, as forms of global interconnectedness reach an unprecedented speed, scale, and scope across the earth, we issue this declaration to address a major world challenge whose resolution will be decisive for the cause of civilization and human flourishing. That is, we address the urgent problems raised by the challenge of “living with our deepest differences” when those differences involve core beliefs, worldviews, and ways of life, and when they are increasingly found within single communities, nations, and civilizations. Our purpose is to set out a vision of the rights, responsibilities, and respect that will be the foundation of a civil and cosmopolitan “global public square,” and the habits of the heart for those who would be “citizens of the world” as well as patriots in their own countries, and so to advance the cause of a “good world” and thus of global civilization over against the forces of global chaos.” (introduction from the Charter’s website: http://charterofconscience.org/?page_id=40)
Living in truth is a foundaton for trust.
And trust is a foundation for living in peace.
"So love truth and peace" (Zech 8:19)--and people.