Co-Edited by Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Catholic University of America and Dr. Kamilah Majied, Howard University
The history of humanity is one marked by periods of great conflict, division, and inequality. Even now, we are living in a time of tremendous uncertainty. Across the globe, we see evidence of our collective inability to reconcile past differences even while new divisions are forming. In the United States, we have watched as the wounds of slavery and oppression, never fully healed, have been opened again by the murders of unarmed black and brown people. White nationalism, recently considered a fringe ideology of the past, is experiencing resurgence in the form of “alt-right” expression. Homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, sexism, and xenophobia are present in our neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and places of worship. Internationally, global conflicts are resulting in mass deaths and the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Each additional conflict and tragedy makes the prospect of a peaceful and prosperous future appear increasingly out of reach.
The highest ideals of many religious traditions and spiritual philosophies have much to offer as we attempt to mend the seams of our social fabric. While some have not always lived up to the highest ideals of their faith traditions, and while history is replete with incidents of religiously motivated conflict, the call of the world’s major spiritual traditions to love one another, care for one another, and live in peace with ourselves, those around us, and our environment remains. As social workers, following these spiritual tenets requires us to focus on practices that promote peacebuilding, reconciliation, nonviolence, and healing. The core values of the social work profession and the highest ideals of our faith traditions are closely aligned.
This special issue seeks to highlight the contributions that peacebuilding, reconciliation, nonviolence, and healing can bring to social work practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
Conceptual, research-based, and practice-oriented articles are being solicited in these four broad areas:
- Conceptual models for bringing about peace, reconciliation, and healing;
- Peace, reconciliation, and healing among individuals and families;
- Peace, reconciliation and healing within communities and policy arenas, including strategies to promote civil discourse and engage those with whom we disagree in love and compassion.
- Models and best practices for operationalizing non-violence and spiritual values to create and support peaceful civic engagement, social justice and healing.
Completed manuscripts should be submitted by January 1, 2018. Please read the “Instructions for Authors” available here for further information. When you are ready to submit your article, please do so via Scholar One.