Entries by Nicole Margaretten

Pioneer Day is Almost Here!

Dear Friends, Did you know that July 24th is Pioneer Day? This holiday is one of the major holidays of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The day is often observed with parades, fireworks, and Old West reenactments to commemorate the arrival of Brigham Young and his followers to Salt Lake Valley. To […]

Collaborating for Peace

Friends—   Today, the United Nations recognizes the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Yet at Tanenbaum, we also know that that the UN’s peacekeepers aren’t the only individuals working tirelessly to protect peace. Across communities wrecked by armed conflicts, there are religiously driven community peacebuilders, who risk their lives daily to stop violence and extremism, […]

March — April Peacemakers in Action Network Media Update

Greetings from Tanenbaum! Please enjoy the latest compilation of news about the Peacemakers in Action. Warm regards, Michael, Janie, Liz, and Casey                                                  Network News Jacky Visits Ivo! Program Advisory Council Member Scott Appleby Honored with Religion and International Studies Distinguished Scholar Award Voices of SDG16+: Stories for Global Action Peacemaker News Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Afghanistan […]

The Many Faces of Misinformation

Friends – How do we decide what news to trust? What exactly is fake news? How often does a fake news story mislead you? And how many false facts does it take to discredit a news story? Who’s responsible for the fake news frenzy? And how do we hold each other accountable? We asked, you […]

Listening Is Hard

Friends – Following an evening of Courageous Conversations, the audience’s key takeaway was the power of listening. Though it sounds simple…it’s anything but. These days, we’ve stopped hearing each other. We talk over one another. We prepare our responses while people are speaking. We don’t even consider listening. It’s the new normal. And it’s contagious. […]

Sri Lanka, Words From the Field

Friends – Beyond the news headlines about terrorism in Sri Lanka, Tanenbaum gets to hear what’s really happening on the ground. For more than 22 years, our Peacemaker, Dishani Jayaweera has been working there. Now she’s struggling with a new conflict and mind-numbing violence. We all need to hear what she has to say. Please […]

How you choose to react depends on who you—and who we are.

Friends—   I am sad—again. Once more, on behalf of Tanenbaum, I send our sympathy to the families of the deceased and injured in Saturday’s Synagogue shooting in California.    I am also troubled. Because the violence isn’t a surprise. Hating others based on their religion is now normalized.     While the reality is that […]

What Anti-Semitism Sounds Like—National Tell a Story Day

Storytelling is an ancient practice used to pass knowledge from one generation to the next. It’s a way we share lessons learned and experiences that inform all of us. On Saturday, our nation celebrates Tell a Story Day. And in preparation of that event, we’re sharing one man’s story about his first encounter with anti-Semitism. […]

“This is a Moment of Mourning, Understanding, Reflection, Learning and Unlearning” – Dishani Jayaweera

“This is a Moment of Mourning, Understanding, Reflection, Learning and Unlearning” – Dishani Jayaweera, Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action We can barely imagine what it must feel like to be in Sri Lanka today, as it reels from devastating attacks that targeted Christians on Easter Sunday and killed more than 300 people. Or what it is […]

Hope From The Ashes

Friends,  This week is Holy Week, when millions of Christians mark the death and resurrection of Jesus. Under normal circumstances, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris would have been preparing to display its holy relics to the faithful on Good Friday. Instead, it has burned. And while the fire at the Cathedral is now extinguished, it […]