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A Summary of the Peacemakers’ Transformative Qualities

Marc Gopin

in Bridges across an Impossible Divide

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916986
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916986.003.0009
A Summary of the Peacemakers’ Transformative Qualities

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The preceding chapters told the exact words of each peacemaker in order to study the uniqueness of each peacemaker's journey. In fact, a central goal of this book's study was for peacemakers to be understood in their own words. This chapter looks for patterns in common, what we can learn by seeing what is held in common by our spiritual peacemakers. These peacemakers tend to see their work as having some larger cosmic significance. They know this work will bring them into conflict with family and others, but they are prepared for this because they see it as journey of infinite discovery, of things beyond themselves and as a way to enlighten the communities they come from. There is a sense of respect for the past that is combined with conscious breaks with the past. They are decidedly and obsessively focused on new relationships and webs of connection, and there is a remarkable level of innovation and creativity in doing so.

Keywords: peacemakers; peacemaking; Arabs; Jews

Chapter.  2769 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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