How to be an Authentic Peacemaker: Start with the Heart
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Why does it matter to the world if we are an authentic peacemaker? Is it even possible? Can we truly get into another’s shoes? Can we get to a place … Read More

The Lure of Comfort: Gaining the Right Perspective
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Aran had a problem. While completing his undergraduate and graduate study in the U.S., he had experienced the lure of comfort. He slowly became accustomed to many amenities he often didn’t … Read More

5 Secrets for Marriage Success in the Face of Divides
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We have two sets of German friends. Each couple is in a marriage spanning the former East-West Germany divide. I’m sure many dramatic stories of love affairs between east and … Read More

On The Roads Of Jakarta I Discover A Metaphor For Life
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Jakarta Dance They move to and fro, in an invisibly coordinated dance. Cars, motorbikes, trucks and buses, moving in a rhythm and cadence that at once appear both choreographed and … Read More

Who Are The Heroes That Inspire You?
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Are you into collecting heroes for inspiration? I am. We can be inspired by people older and younger than us. One very cool thing about “hero collection” is it never … Read More

How Can You Overcome Yourself? Take an (Unexpected) Hike!
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My wife and I enjoy getting out into the wilderness for a hike. We have always loved the feeling of cresting a hill and looking down on a beautiful mountain … Read More

5 Powerful Ways to Bridge Culture, Ethnicity & Race
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Sometimes we get a chance to bridge cultures, ethnicities, and races without even realizing it. For example, I’ll never forget the first time I met Holly. She would become my … Read More

Arranged Marriage: A View from the Inside Out
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“My belief is that whatever your parents decide for you is for the better.” “My parents, especially my father, always encouraged me to do things for myself.” It would be … Read More

Wall Mentality: Learning from History
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Walls. Big walls. Thousands of miles of walls. Walls to keep invaders out. Walls to keep people in. Wall mentality. In fact, unlike what many people think, the 5000-mile Great … Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Care About the ‘Other’
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“Life is very difficult, especially when you’re alone.” These words flashed through my Facebook newsfeed and grabbed me. One of the Turkish wives I know, Alma, had written them. Most … Read More

You can Stretch Beyond your Home Page
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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine Many people find adventure in activity. Climbing the mountain, rafting the river, even … Read More

Here’s how to Reframe the ‘Ugly American.’ You in?
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I remember the first time I read The Ugly American. It opened my eyes to the complexity of human behavior in relation to culture. The novel has not only been … Read More

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