Overcoming Violence: Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding is a collection of essays, interviews, papers, lectures, book reviews, etc., published by the Boston Theological Institute during the past decade in its weekly BTI Newsletter, and BTI Magazine. Authors in this volume include theologians, academics, political leaders, peace activists, clergymen, and journalists such as: Uri Avnery, Elise Boulding (Peace Nobel Nominee); Thomas Butler; Steven Charleston; John Chryssavgis; President Kim Dae-Jung (2000 Peace Nobel Laureate); Calvin B. DeWitt; Devon Dick; Ian Douglas, Richard Falk; Marshall Ganz; President Mikhail Gorbachev (Peace Nobel Laureate); Trelawney Grenfell-Muir; Thomas J. Gumbleton; Michael Haynes; Raymond G. Helmick, SJ; Donna Hicks; Senator John Kerry; Rami G. Khouri; David Little; Christopher Lydon; Thomas Massaro, SJ; James B. Miller; Joseph V. Montville; Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz; Leonel Narvaez Gomez; George C. Papademetriou; Stavros H. Papagermanos; Richard Parker; Natalie Pearl; Rodney L. Petersen; Dumitru Popescu; Tom Porter Jr.; H Paul Santmire; Don Shriver; Marian Gh. Simion; David A. Steele; Mary Evelyn Tucker; and Liz Walker.
“We have a false sense of history as if it were our guns that made us what we are…. the churches have to recover the nonviolence that is rightly a part of their tradition…. What I find encouraging is local efforts toward peace, often coming from churches and other places of worship…to bring about an end to this violence.” ~~~ by Elise Boulding, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
“We can not even speak about peace without God because there are so many people in the world who respect God, who believe in God, who have faith in God, who pray to God every day; we have to respect those people. And in these difficult times praying to God for peace is very important to all believers and to all of us.” ~~~ by President Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“If U.S. and Japan will put too much military pressure towards China, then new nationalistic leaders will emerge and will impact China’s future. Military officers will come to hold prominent power in the society and this could lead to catastrophic results. However, if US and Japan do not put too much military pressure towards China, then China will not feel threaten by these nations in military terms. On the contrary, China will focus more on its internal affairs, such as the development of the economy in such a way that they can feed their people, and provide enough jobs for their people.” ~~~ by President Kim Dae-Jung, 2000 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate