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Story-Formed Pathways to Peace calls readers to action around a single vision—making peace a reality. It draws on the unexpected power of stories to transform the world. The stories here retold have resonated through the ages not only with those religious, but also with thinkers, artists, musicians, and others who have seen in them universal patterns of behavior. Now retold with commentary as seen through the lens of conflict and peacemaking, they illuminate pathways to peace as relevant today as when first told.

Each chapter is fronted with imagined headlines of the ancient story with actual, parallel headlines from the present, thus highlighting this connection of past and present. It is, then, in going back that pathways toward peace are illuminated for the present and future. The wisdom tradition of sacred texts is hereby extended.


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Church related institutions of higher education have been part of the American educational scene from the very beginning. They continue to constitute a significant segment of American colleges and universities alongside secular public and private institutions. As such, they enrich the larger American educational environment, while also providing students with options otherwise more limited.

The Making of a Distinctive Church College is a collection of essays that reveal the heart and soul of an institution of higher education in the making. The author, Dalton Reimer, has been a major contributor to this making as a participant-observer from its beginning in 1960 as a church-related liberal arts college, now university. Toward the beginning he contributed to the formation of The Fresno Pacific Idea, which has been the unique, central guide in the development of the institution. The story of the heart and soul of this making is told, beginning with a small faculty and administrative group of mostly recent college and university graduates during the challenging 1960s.


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