Peacebuilding

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!

May 17

Spiritualizing Politics without Politicizing Religion

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week conveys a principle that is central for understanding Sargent Shriver. It is also one that we must embrace as a people today, for we can only tackle political polarization and address our most challenging social issues if we infuse our political and cultural conversations,...

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Apr 12

"How can all of us ... live together in peace?"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week lays out a key component for building a more peaceful future for all of us: fostering a true appreciation of the world's major cultures while respecting and celebrating one another’s humanity. Sargent Shriver's message of understanding and connection has a marked urgency...

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Mar 15

How Do We Wage Peace?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week, during a moment when Russia's attack on Ukraine is escalating, is a much-needed call to peace.Sargent Shriver's 1985 Address Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Peace Corps is one of several speeches from Shriver's later years that shows his continued support...

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Feb 28

Pursuing "the interests which unite us"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from an address that Sargent Shriver gave to an audience of scientists in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1975. Although delivered during a very different time in our history, his diplomatic appeal about powerful nations who have the potential to either destroy humanity or to...

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Jan 24

"Power, properly used ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that political power can be effective in achieving peace, but can be a destructive force if accumulated for its own sake.Sargent Shriver spoke these words while he was candidate for Vice President in the 1972 US Presidential election. Running on the...

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Dec 06

A Call to Peacemaking

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a personal call to peacemaking by Sargent Shriver, one that we echo today. This week, we mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese military's strike against the Pearl Harbor naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. One of the most consequential...

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Nov 22

For Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Prosperity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links economic prosperity and justice, making the case that we require both in order to build  sustained peace. As we mark Thanksgiving in the United States this week, let us reflect on how we can bring about the changes necessary for a more prosperous, just society for...

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Sep 13

September 11 and the "Third Goal" of Peace Corps

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week invites us to remember the third of the "Three Goals" of Peace Corps, and inspires us to work towards a more unified, peaceful world.At the age of 87, Sargent Shriver appeared at the 2002 National Peace Corps Association Conference, where he spoke these words....

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