Peacebuilding

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Mon Sep 04 08:31:30 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 04 08:31:30 EDT 2017

A Time for "New Levels of International Effort"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from a speech about the ethics of science and technology that Sargent Shriver gave during a 1975 lecture tour in the former Soviet Union. Using his typical combination of warmth and strength, Sarge asserted that to truly resolve the complex problems of the modern world,...

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Mon Aug 21 11:33:37 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 21 11:33:37 EDT 2017

Interconnectedness

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Speaking at the World Health Organization Conference, Sargent Shriver stressed the importance of collaboration when addressing the worldwide problems of ill health and poverty -- two related issues that know no borders. It is in this context that he reminded the audience of humanity's...

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Mon Aug 14 10:22:00 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 14 10:22:00 EDT 2017

White Supremacy Undermines Our Strength

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In the late 1950s, Sargent Shriver was the head of the Chicago Board of Education as well as the Catholic Interracial Council, an organization that focused on desegregation in schools. It was while serving these two organizations that Sarge spoke these words.Events such as this weekend's white...

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Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017

Building Strength through Diplomacy and Humanity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver served as the first Director of the Peace Corps from March 1961 until February 1966. He also led the War on Poverty from January 1964 until March 1968, creating the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and establishing a variety of poverty programs, many of which continue to...

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Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017

"One Lifeboat in a Sea of Stars"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In 1975, Sargent Shriver gave an Address to the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. In it, he made the point that human beings yearn deeply for three seemingly contradictory things: independence, unity, and transcendence. He spoke eloquently about how all of these yearnings work together...

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Mon Jul 10 13:08:31 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 10 13:08:31 EDT 2017

"Living Life as it Ought to be Lived"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week communicates a simple message that can be difficult to put into action: that to live our best life, we should act in a way that is consistent with our principles. For Sargent Shriver, those principles included the notion that all human beings were worthy of dignity,...

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Mon Jul 03 11:40:10 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 03 11:40:10 EDT 2017

For Independence Day: A Reflection On Our Common Humanity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

As we celebrate Independence Day in the US, we're reflecting on America's identity and on our role in the world. In many ways, we're more connected to each other than ever. But we face a difficult challenge: that the more we deal with each other, the more we have a tendency to be fearful of...

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Mon Jun 19 12:35:41 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 19 12:35:41 EDT 2017

Ending Violence through Unity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

A girl is assaulted and beaten to death after leaving her mosque on Father's Day. A group of congresspeople is shot at during a baseball practice. A community despairs after a police officer is found not guilty of killing a man during a traffic stop. These are just a few of the brutal events...

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