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!

Dec 20

Love as a Power

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to consider love as a power. As we make our way through the holiday season, we summon the power of love to guide us in our private lives as well as in our public actions as citizens.In his electric and free-wheeling 1967 Address at the University of California,...

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Dec 13

"Put community above chaos"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week suggests that we can empower ourselves by focusing on something larger: 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 Shriver addressed...

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Apr 19

Remembering that "our community is the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that we are all connected. When we fail to act with compassion, disregarding each other’s humanity, we can too easily put the life or welfare of our fellow human beings at risk.In 1966, Sargent Shriver spoke these words during his Address at the National...

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Nov 01

Overcoming "the Problems of Human Poverty and Misery" through Collaboration

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the importance of collaboration when tackling the biggest challenges we face as a human family. The quote feels particularly poignant as we watch world leaders converge on Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)...

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Sep 27

The "Politician's Job" and the "Common Good"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shows the importance of public service. Through Sargent Shriver's words, we understand the high stakes of holding public office and the influence of political decisions on our everyday lives. Sixty-five years ago, Sargent Shriver spoke about government to a young audience in...

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Aug 09

Marking the Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes a struggle for equality and universal rights that comes to mind today as we mark the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at his 1961 Address to the Catholic Interracial Council in Chicago. They were part of his introduction...

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Feb 08

Turning to Love

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to consider love as a power. As we approach Valentine's Day 2021, let us move beyond the superficial trappings of love to establish a deeper connection with those around us, by showing empathy and serving our communities.In his electric and free-wheeling 1967 ...

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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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