Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Daily Life in Haiti

My friend Peter Daniel made this short video during the year that he spent teaching in rural Haiti:

Even before the quake, most images I had seen of Haiti showed only devastation and extreme poverty. These scenes of baking bread and playing soccer, a funeral procession and a new baby, reveal a different Haiti, one where life is hard (it is common in this village not to eat one day out of the week) but suffering has not extinguished hope.

Thankfully, the village of Bayonnais was not badly affected by the quake, although two students studying in Port-au-Prince are missing. For more earthquake updates and information on how you can help, visit Peter's blog at

Please keep the people of Haiti in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Peace Rising in Charlotte, NC

If you live in or near the Queen's City, check out this event... wish I could be there myself.

Heather is a good friend and has pulled together this event largely out of her own initiative, passion, and vision. On Saturday, Heather and Sean are opening their home for a full-day workshop. Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens of the Center for Nonviolent Communication in Chapel Hill, NC will speak at both the film and the workshop.

Visit Heather's blog to rsvp or learn more...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Evangelizing Hate

The line between religiously justified bigotry and state-sponsored violence is whisper-thin.

U.S. Evangelicals’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push

Photo Credit: Marc Hofer

People like Nikki Mawanda may soon face the death penalty in Uganda, due in part to the words and actions of American evangelical missionaries.

Read article.