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By Billy Graham | February 15, 2013
Q: I've always felt that if people from different nations could just get to know each other, we could bring an end to wars and conflicts. But I'm beginning to have my doubts. Will wars ever cease, according to the Bible? — Mrs. F.M. A: We should encourage every effort to bring peace to our world, and the Bible certainly urges us to pray for peace and support those who work for peace. One reason the Bible commands us to pray for our leaders is so "we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:2)
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By James. P. Gray | July 9, 2011
A few years ago, a woman named Susan Russo, who was serving a life sentence without possibility of parole at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif., sent a letter to attorney Laurel Kaufer, saying that their prison environment was filled with conflict and violence, and there was a dire need and desire for change. Could Ms. Kaufer help? The answer was yes. In response, Ms. Kaufer and her colleague, attorney Douglas E. Noll, established a peace mediation program at that prison, initially with 15 inmates as students, and it has been successful.
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By Steve Smith | November 1, 2011
As news of a protest over Dr. Hazem Chehabi's appointment as the UC Irvine Foundation chairman came out last week, I remembered my time working with the Newport Beach doctor ("Opponents of Syrian government plan protest at UCI," Oct. 29). For about two years, I served as a business consultant to him. We met regularly. We attended many meetings together, including the initial strategy session, during which time he conveyed his vision of his medical practice. After working with so many physicians over the years, I admit to being skeptical about these statements, which I have found many times to be hollow declarations of quality and caring.
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September 18, 2001
Deirdre Newman What does peace mean to you? To the students in Jennifer Benhardus' fourth-grade class at Kaiser Elementary School, peace took on varied shapes and forms on Friday: Peace looks like . . . a beautiful rain forest. Peace feels like . . . a fountain of love. Peace tastes like . . . freshly baked cookies. Peace sounds like . . . waves breaking against the shore. Her students explored the multifaceted topic of peace using their senses and created storybooks with illustrations.
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May 29, 2004
No. Religion cannot be a force for peace. Religion is the attempt of humanity to get to or appease a god or gods. It is human effort. Mostly, it is a human effort to remove some sense of guilt or impending judgment. Foundationally, religion is fear-based. Fear breeds fear. Religious people fear the disfavor of their divine beings if they don't measure up. They fear the influence of other religions on their culture and family. Religious wars erupt when fearful people try to eliminate the theoretically harmful influence of one religion over another, or it becomes a convenient excuse for political motives.
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March 2, 2006
It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one. It always feels too soon, too early. It is that much harder when the loved one is taken tragically, as 15-year-old Dylan Ayres was last month. Dylan, a freshman at Newport Harbor High School and a member of the family that owns the Ayres Hotel chain, died Feb. 20 in a single-vehicle accident while on his way to Mammoth Mountain. Dylan, who was sleeping in the back seat when the vehicle rolled over, was thrown from the SUV and died at the scene.
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By B.W. COOK | December 13, 2007
A beacon of hope for peace in the conflicted Middle East shone brightly in Newport Beach. A Palestinian Muslim young man and an Egyptian-born Israeli Jewish young woman stood side by side in the chapel at Temple Bat Yahm Newport Beach to introduce themselves to a small gathering of 100 local citizens who had come together for a fundraiser benefiting the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. The evening would also feature the remarkable vocal talents of film, television and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin.
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By Brianna Bailey | March 20, 2008
Joanna Linden stood on Harbor Boulevard five years ago with other Costa Mesa residents and called for peace before the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq five years ago. “It didn’t do any good,” she said. Linden stood outside again Wednesday evening at Fairview Community Church with a handful of others to mark the fifth anniversary of the war, waving signs and singing “We Shall Overcome.” A group of small children sit on the curb and hold poster board signs larger than they are with messages written in magic marker like “May peace prevail” and “Praying, singing and acting for peace.
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December 18, 2009
“The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when He gave a gift beyond words: the unspeakable gift of His Son.” — Robert Flatt I first heard the phrase “re-gifting” a few years ago, but the practice has certainly been around far longer than that. People sometimes refer to re-gifting as something they do with a gift they don’t want but hope to pass on successfully to somebody else, preferably without being detected.
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By SARAH HALVERSON | December 15, 2007
The Advent season is about preparing ourselves for Christmas. As our society urges us to hurry, Advent invites us to wait. Each week we light a candle on the Advent wreath, symbolizing the illumination we experience again with the Christmas miracle of the divine light birthed in the form of a child. At Fairview Community Church, we have been lighting candles to observe the Season of Peace. If you’d like to join us, we gather at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through the rest of the season.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 12, 2014
Orange County officials this week unveiled the winning design for a monument to crime victims planned for Mason Regional Park in Irvine. On Saturday morning, dozens of victims or families of victims affected by violent or sexual crimes gathered at the site of the planned memorial. "This monument will serve as a place of contemplation and peace for crime victims and their families," Irvine Mayor Steven Choi said. The design reveal was the culmination of a year-long contest.
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By The Dr. Rev. Sarah Halverson | April 6, 2013
Most people remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January for his birthday. We certainly do at Fairview Community Church. We always hold a special service in honor of his legacy. But remembering his birth and remembering his death are two different things, just as remembering Jesus' birth and death, at Christmas and Easter, are two different things. We celebrate birthdays - and we love to celebrate Christmas - but most people feel uncomfortable facing Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus.
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By Billy Graham | February 15, 2013
Q: I've always felt that if people from different nations could just get to know each other, we could bring an end to wars and conflicts. But I'm beginning to have my doubts. Will wars ever cease, according to the Bible? — Mrs. F.M. A: We should encourage every effort to bring peace to our world, and the Bible certainly urges us to pray for peace and support those who work for peace. One reason the Bible commands us to pray for our leaders is so "we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:2)
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By Britney Barnes | November 10, 2012
A Newport Beach realty company opened its doors Saturday for a special event to help families looking for resources to keep their children safe. First Team Estates' Fashion Island office hosted Child & Family Safety Day, a family event featuring children's fingerprinting, as well as gadgets and information to keep the entire family out of harm. Several gourmet food trucks filled the parking lot, along with a display of Ducati motorcycles and high-end cars. "We are so interested in giving back to the community that has given us so much," said Debbie Lewandowski, director at First Team Estates.
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By Bradley Zint | October 4, 2012
Being only about 18 months old, Jane Goodall doesn't remember the moment, but her mother has since retold it to her. She had come into little Jane's room only to find that she had taken a handful of earthworms to bed. Years later, Goodall said her mother's supportive reaction helped set the tone for what would be a lifelong love of animals. "She didn't say, 'Oh, throw those dirty things away,'" Goodall said. "She simply said, 'Jane, if you leave them here, they'll die. They need the earth.' And so I helped her carry them back into the garden.
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By Jack Wu | May 26, 2012
Goodbye, Mr. Fuentes. I apologize in advance for this, if it does not make sense, as I have not been able to put through one coherent thought. May 18, the day he died, was one of the most difficult of my life. Check that - the last week has been one of the most difficult of my life. Twenty-seven years ago, the first night my father had gone out that entire summer, was the first night I felt a sense a relief. I thought everything was going to be OK. But that false hope was quickly dashed when I awakened to the horrible sounds of ambulances and the EMTs unsuccessfully trying to resuscitate my father.
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By Sarah Peters | April 21, 2012
Miles of coastal scrub-lined trails winding around the San Joaquin Marsh ponds were the perfect setting on Earth Day for some 30 hikers to take part in a community walk. The event was a partnership between the Irvine Ranch Water District, which owns the land, and the city of Irvine in observance of the national day. "We are one of the nation's leaders in stewardship," Mayor Sukhee Kang said before setting out on one of the twelve miles of trails on Saturday. "The preservation of 16,000 acres is a giant step and commitment to the environment," Kang continued as reference to the city's total acreage of preserved open space.
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November 8, 2011
Nearly a dozen UC Irvine protesters were convicted Tuesday of disturbing the peace in a February 2010 incident, with another six protesters also facing charges. Just weeks after the infamous "Irvine 11" protest that shined a national spotlight on the college, hundreds of people shut down the school's administration building. Unlike the Irvine 11 protesters — the group of Muslim Student Union members and friends who shouted down an Israeli ambassador as he tried to give an on-campus speech — this group was demonstrating against student fee hikes and the university's deal with one of its labor groups.
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By Steve Smith | November 1, 2011
As news of a protest over Dr. Hazem Chehabi's appointment as the UC Irvine Foundation chairman came out last week, I remembered my time working with the Newport Beach doctor ("Opponents of Syrian government plan protest at UCI," Oct. 29). For about two years, I served as a business consultant to him. We met regularly. We attended many meetings together, including the initial strategy session, during which time he conveyed his vision of his medical practice. After working with so many physicians over the years, I admit to being skeptical about these statements, which I have found many times to be hollow declarations of quality and caring.
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By Wilbur Davis | September 30, 2011
Irish Catholics call the city Derry. Irish Protestants call it Londonderry, its legal name, for it is in Northern Ireland, not the Republic of Ireland. The River Foyle divides the city, with Protestants living largely on the east bank, and Catholics on the west. For so many years, random and targeted killings were commonplace, Catholics and Protestants killing each other. The nearby political border was a heavily fortified military zone until the conclusion of a lengthy peace process that stretched from the historic Good Friday Agreement of 1998 to the signing of the definitive accord of 2007 that closed the fear-saturated period euphemistically known as "the troubles.
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