Friday, February 25, 2011

Libya - and other issues of the good for the all

In many ways, with varied interest, persons from around the world have been watching the global situations most urgently recently in Egypt - and now Libya - and along the way developments in Bahrain, Sudan and elsewhere.

In today's news, the Christian Science Monitor is reporting that Colonel Qaddafi is planning to stay in Libya - noting:

“Plan A is to live and die in Libya. Plan B is to live and die in Libya. Plan C is to live and die in Libya,” said Colonel Qaddafi’s son Saif Islam in a TV interview yesterday. Qaddafi himself, who made an appearance before cheering crowds at Tripoli's Green Square today, said on state TV that he was willing to open up his weapons caches to anyone who wants to fight on his side, and said he would set the country “aflame.”

It is a sad state of affairs when persons (or institutions) in power, in order to maintain their discredited power - turn to violence as the path for resolving their loss of power.

Today I hope for the people of Libya and the persons of the world a "Plan D" that does not include weapons, fighting, nor anyone or anything set "aflame."

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Opportunity to connect with Rotary to Extend Peace

BETHANY, Okla. (February 17, 2011) - Southern Nazarene University professor, Marty Alan Michelson, Ph.D. was chosen to receive a fellowship opportunity from Rotary International.

Michelson was one of 19 recipients, from a pool of several hundred international applicants chosen for a full-ride scholarship and stipend for all expenses for 12 weeks at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, summer 2011. Fellows earn the Professional Development Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University curriculum. International Fellows work to improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty through real-life, international field experience on issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding. Fellows will advance a culture of tolerance and peace, enhancing knowledge and skill while engaging practitioners and academics in the arena of peace and conflict resolution.

“The Rotary Peace Fellowship’s purpose is to support and advance the issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict and world understanding. Marty’s educational and work experience make him an ideal candidate for the Fellowship. He will not only expand his knowledge of international relations and conflict resolutions, he will bring that knowledge back to the Unites States to positively impact our world,” commented Sheila Stinson, Rotary District 5750 Rotary Peace Fellowship committee chair.

Michelson is excited about his upcoming fellowship, “I am absolutely thrilled with this opportunity. Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. SNU hopes to graduate students who think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with purpose. This fellowship combines the best of Rotary’s mission with SNU’s purpose to have graduates and faculty who think, act and serve. I plan to use the investment of Rotary International in faithful ways to live as a peacemaker.”

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Monday, February 7, 2011

House of Hope International Peace Center

While traveling through Jordan, Israel, and Palestine on an educational tour I lead, I was able to meet Elias Jabbour, working with the House of Hope International Peace Center.

There is something so very real about meeting with persons who live elsewhere, hearing them share their stories.

Elias shares some of his stories in a book he has published - and he has been influential in working with numerous groups attempting to bring peace to the Israeli-Palestinian situation. His work includes working with the Center for Religious Tolerance and The Middle East Project, to name just a few of his connections. I doubt he would see them as "connections" or "networks" in anyway like modern business tries to work through connections and networks, though. I think he would see his work as a calling, and his connections and friendships. I know I felt that he wanted to genuinely be a friend to me and the group of persons with me when we met with him. The above link mentions Jabbour's work with Sulha, more can be read here.

The complexities, hopes, possibilities for conflict and peace in and with Israelis and Palestinians is complex - incredibly, individually, socially, politically, and in many other ways complex. But, "both" (there really are myriad) "sides" (sides sounds so ready for violence) could do more to extend the "olive branch" of peace in a land where olive trees can be seen from just about any vantage point.

Meet Elias!

Toward eupan !

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Eupan Global Initiative as an SA Group

In several public and a few private events recently, I have been asked "What is the Eupan Global Initiative again?" 

Or, as one person asked, "You're an anti-Genocide group, right?"

So, this post is intended to clarify a few things.

The Eupan Global Initiative is not a "membership" based group.  We don't have members - only interested, shared partners.  We do not have a mailing list - though we do have an email distribution list we have used, only on a few occasions.

We do have persons who are more invested and involved than others - involving engagement with our events, or with other events where we partner in advocacy.  And, no doubt we have had shared partners over the years who have invested their efforts elsewhere, while we also get new invested partners that show up throughout each new year.

We are not (at least currently) a 501(c)3 - not-for-profit charitable organization.  We have explored all the legal options toward this - but have not pursued it at this time.
We are not (at least currently) a 501(c)4 - not-for-profit which allows for active lobby in politics.  Obviously we have explored this and not pursued it, either.
We are not an organization based out of any school or specific religion or creed.  Several of the early partners were (or are) connected with the Church of the Nazarene and I, Marty Michelson, am an ordained Elder in the church and a professor at a Nazarene University - but our partnerships are as broad and deep as various partners are connected and "networked" in various agencies or other groups.

  • Primarily we are an SA partnership.  (I don't think the SA term is popular - it is simply helping me to identify where I see the Eupan Global Initiative.)

By SA I mean that we are a Shared Awareness partnership - and - a Shared Advocacy partnership - and - a Solidarity in Action Partnership.

  • What does that mean - these SA Terms?

By using these terms I am trying to highlight that we are not a lobby based or faith based or non-profit "group" or business.  Rather, we partner in shared ways to help contribute to and raise awareness (education) and participation with (advocacy - literally - add-voice - adding our voice) in solidarity with deliberate actions.   We educate (make people aware).  We advocate.  We act. 

Not all persons in the Eupan Global Initiative will choose to act in the same ways or advocate in the same ways.  But, we are attempting to help be a conscious, deliberate, and attentive voice - particularly in the heart of Oklahoma and the OKC Metro to raise awareness about many issues.  That does not mean that all of our events or awareness takes place in Oklahoma!  Certainly we want to give focus here in Oklahoma - and highlight causes in Oklahoma - but it also means we broaden persons horizons to become informed about issues around the world.

One of our challenges - since our "good for the all" effort is so broad - would be that we might be "too diverse" or even "too diffuse" (and not effective) in the issues that we share in awareness, advocacy and action.  This is true.  We could be too diffuse. 

But, for now - our broad based awareness, advocacy and action is appropriate as we do all that we can, for any we can, in advancing the good for the all. 

In answer to the question, "What is the Eupan Global Initiative?"

  • We are an SA Group.
  • We Share Awareness
  • We Support Advocacy
  • We engage Solidarity in Action.
Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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