Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Honoring Peacemakers

As we look toward the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, it's a good time to honor and bless Peacemakers.

Jesus said:  "Blessed are the Peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." (St. Matthew 5:9)

So in honor of the Prince of Peace and to add our blessings, here are some Peacemakers we can honor.  In some way, each did something to advance peace and/or take a stand against war. Some will be familiar, maybe others not so.  I hope that is the case, as I ran across some unfamiliar names in selecting this list.  So if you see a name you don't recognize, or you just want to find out more about the person and his or her work, I encourage you to do a search or read up the person in a reference book or biography.  I am giving one link as I found it wasn't so easy to find information on her on the internet, believe it or not.  Except for the first two, I'm putting them in alphabetical order.

So here goes:

The Bhudda
His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)
Fannie F. Andrews
Vasili Arkhipov
Medea Benjamin
Ralph Bunche
Elihu Buritt
Paul K. Chappell
Brian Haw
Coretta Scott King
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
John Lennon
Mildred Norman (Peace Pilgrim)
Yoko Ono
Priscilla Peckover 
            (scroll down to view her entry)
Stanislov Petrov
Jeanette Rankin
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Baronness Bertha vonSuttner
Malala Yousafzai

Of course this is a VERY short list.  Would love to have you readers honor some other Peacemakers!


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