Citizenship

On our blog, we share our Quote of the Week as well as other insights about our work and about our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we believe it's important to share our stories with each other. Do you have a story to share about Sargent Shriver or about one of the issues he cared about? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Nov 09

How Do You Make an Extraordinary Citizen?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the 105th anniversary of his birth, our Quote of the Week honors the example of citizenship that Sargent Shriver left for us.In a rousing speech about citizenship to young leaders, Sargent Shriver spoke about the potential of Chicago, his home at the time. The year was 1957, and when...

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Apr 06

Finding Purpose in Adversity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week provides a little bit of wisdom as we navigate our way through the crises arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. During this precarious time, the battles for our health, but also for justice, equality, and protection of others, are both brutal and unrelenting. One way to help...

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Mar 30

"The World is One Lifeboat ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week encapsulates Sargent Shriver's view of humanity in a simple but poetic way. The coronavirus pandemic is making more evident a basic truth about humanity of which Sargent Shriver often reminded us: that we are all connected, and if some of us are struggling, that struggle...

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Jan 20

For MLK Day: Some Thoughts on Racism, Privilege, and Being an Ally

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week for this Martin Luther King Day zones in on what is at the heart of racism: the desire to feel superior, combined with the fear of being less than. This clash of deep-seated human emotions has fueled racism, white supremacy, and oppression for centuries. Sargent Shriver...

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Jan 13

"Our community is the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the ties that bind our human family. To ignore the suffering of those we think of as "other," particularly when they are far away, may seem like an easy thing to do, but in our interconnected world, the suffering of others will make its way back to us...

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Dec 16

Learning to Live Together in Peace

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week describes a key component for building a more peaceful future for all of us -- fostering a true understanding of the world's major cultures. As we enter the holiday season, we're reflecting on what can help us bridge the divides that cause fear, tension, and sometimes...

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Dec 09

"For all Americans who feel politically powerless ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week suggests that we can empower ourselves by focusing on something larger than ourselves: service to our communities and to those more vulnerable than ourselves. By empowering others, we commit fully to our society and strengthen our own sense of citizenship.In 1968, Sargent...

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Nov 04

Reflecting on a Life of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of one of the most important lessons that Sargent Shriver taught us: that we can live a fulfilling life by devoting ourselves to serving others.This week, we are celebrating the 104th anniversary of Sargent Shriver's birth. Born on November 9, 1915, Sargent...

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