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Author Rick Love

Rick Love serves as president of Peace Catalyst International. He has lectured or consulted in more than 40 countries in the last 35 years and has published five books, including “Peace Catalysts: Resolving Conflict in Our Families, Organizations and Communities.”

Casual conversation became somber and serious at a recent dinner party I attended when a dinner guest asked, “What do you think followers of Jesus should do about ISIS?” After a moment of silence, one woman responded, “To be honest with you, I feel like we should respond to ISIS like we did to Japan […] Read More

President John F. Kennedy gave a compelling commencement address on world peace more than 50 years ago. In one of his famous quotes, Kennedy declared, “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.” What a profoundly practical definition of peace. So how do you feel about […] Read More

I recently attended a conference at the Naval War College in Rhode Island on “Religion and Security in World Affairs.” I loved the lectures and the lively interaction. Yet something deeper was being stirred in me. I couldn’t pinpoint what it was until I recalled Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement, “Those who love peace must […] Read More

The word “peace” conjures up different things to different people. I am a child of the 1960s, so my generation links peace with hippies, anti-Vietnam war protests and free love. Others think of beauty queens declaring their hope for world peace; I can’t help but picture Sandra Bullock in “Miss Congeniality.” Many conservative evangelicals assume […] Read More

I finished teaching an online course on Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations at William Jessup University in California recently. I loved the enthusiasm of the students and had a great time teaching the course. More than once, a student said something like this, “I was never taught to build bridges. We always focused on our beliefs and the […] Read More

I was thrilled to see Qazi as he and his son, Ameer, walked into the Middle Eastern suite at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Qazi and I had recently met in Nepal at the Interfaith Leaders Network only two weeks earlier, where we sat together during meetings and enjoyed some deep conversations. Qazi […] Read More

During a recent meeting of the Interfaith Leaders Network in Nepal, I was in awe as I heard the stories of Pakistani Muslim peacemakers and learned about their work. I have faced many sorts of conflict and been in countless dialogues with Muslims, but this was different. Pakistan was different. My jaw dropped and my […] Read More

I was standing in line at the airport in Thailand on my way to Nepal when an American woman next to me asked my purpose for going. “I’m attending an important peacemaking gathering called the Interfaith Leaders Network, where we’ll be meeting with Muslims from Pakistan,” I replied. “They hate us!” she blurted out. Her […] Read More