“Peace needs no contemplation—peace needs action”

Photo courtesy of jesstherese

Photo courtesy of jesstherese

For refugees who have known the horrific destruction of war, peace is not something to be taken for granted. 

January 1 marked the World Day of Peace, and in its honor, here are some quotes celebrating peace and challenging all of us to work harder for it.


“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  

–Mother Teresa


“Understanding comes through communication, and through understanding we find the way to peace.”  

–Ralph C. Smedley


“Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”  

–The Dalai Lama


“Let us embrace the beauty of every culture and faith to create peace in our world.”  

–Mitra Sen


“The most faithful disciples of Christ have been builders of peace, to the point of forgiving their enemies, sometimes even to the point of giving their lives for them.”

–Pope John Paul II


“Aren’t you tempted to be contemplators of peace in your living rooms? Peace needs no contemplation—peace needs action.”

–Father Elias Chacour


“Anything war can do, peace can do better.”
–Archbishop Desmond Tutu


“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers–quietly building new structures. And however un-dramatic the pursuit of peace, the pursuit must go on.”

–John F. Kennedy


Thank you to the Refugee and Immigration Center’s favorite peacemakers: refugee mentors. Mentors meet with families new to the U.S. and spend time with them—playing games, sharing tasty meals, teaching and learning language. Mentors are slowing eroding barriers and building new structures of friendship with their friends from Africa, Asia, or the Middle East. 

To learn more or to become a part of our refugee mentor program, please contact our office at 731-2000.  

 Post by Amy S.Z., Refugee and Immigration

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