Creativity as a Road to Peace: An Interview with Laurie Marshall

February 8, 2014
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore

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Meet Laurie Marshall, just the kind of person we had in mind when we created our BFJ Radio Show, Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Deeds. Laurie is one of the most clear, optimistic and persistent people I have ever met when it comes to the idea of creating a peaceful world in which everybody’s gifts are lifted up. Her personal journey as an artist, a teacher, a wife and a mother have laid a foundation for her profound belief in the resiliency of the human spirit, the inherent creative nature of all living things, and the ways we must honor that creativity to bring about peace on earth. Join us for this lively interview and hear Laurie’s plans to travel to the Sarajevo Peace Event with her colleagues from Create Peace Project this summer to engage 4,500 young people in making peace possible, and make a film to touch the lives of thousands, maybe millions, more.

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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.

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Marianna Cacciatore

Marianna Cacciatore

Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.

Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.

Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.

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