The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks provide an important moment for all of us to reflect on life’s most precious things and what we hold in our hearts about family, friends, neighbors, our wider communities, strangers, and those with whom we disagree about what’s most important for the world and how to bring it about. This sacred occasion also provides a good incentive for thinking about what it means to be called by Christ as peacemakers.
In this podcast, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon and panelists Charles Randall Paul, Liz Shropshire, and James Faulconer reflect upon today’s world a decade past September 2001, as well as the nature of peace itself and what it means to be “at peace.” The discussion then turns to the history of Mormon prophetic discourse as it calls, with varying vigor, church members to be peacemakers, as well as to some of the key scriptural passages, stories, and theological notions that inspire the panelists’ own peacebuilding work.
We trust that you will find this a thoughtful and important discussion at this solemn and reflective moment in time, and we encourage you to join in the conversation in the comments section below.
Please check out (and donate if so moved!) these two peace building foundations run by two of this episodes’ panelists:
Other Mormon-led peacebuilding and humanitarian foundations, and LDS peacemakers, to learn about and support:
Joan Betros. Joan heads up F.U.T.U.R.E. (Families United Toward Universal Respect), which uses the model of Relief Society to get women to connect, support, and help each other in Iraq.
Chad Ford. Chad runs the Intercultural Peacebuilding Certificate program at BYU-Hawaii, and he is also involved with the Arbinger Institute and Peace Players International, which uses basketball and other sports to bring together children and adults from both sides of divided communities together. Chad is helping podcast panelist Charles Randall Paul put on a goodwill match next year in Salt Lake City between the Iranian women’s soccer team and an American equivalent.
Peggy Rogers. Peggy founded and runs the Zambia Scholarship Fund, which provides stipends for teachers and scholarships for Zambian students to attend high school and college and learn to become teachers themselves.
Cecile Pelous. Cecile went to India to help Mother Teresa and ended up starting an orphanage that she still runs in Nepal. Cecile gave up her life as a fashion designer in Paris to go to India, and she is who inspired panelist Liz Shropshire to start looking for a way she could help children affected by war.
Warner Woodworth works tirelessly to bring money and expertise from church members who have it to aid new entrepreneurs in establishing sustainable businesses in South and Central America.
Daniel Peterson runs the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), which opens important dialogues with Muslims by producing bi-lingual classical Islamic texts that have not previously been translated.
Bill Jackson directs the Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation (formerly the Deseret Foundation), which has operations in Africa, the Philippines, and South and Central America that bring doctors and supplies to train local doctors in procedures that cure and heal thousands.
The Brent and Bonnie Jean Beesley Foundation works to establish elementary schools in rural India.
We invite Mormon Matters listeners to write about other LDS-led peacemaking and humanitarian organizations that we can add to this list.