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Daniel L. Buttry describes himself as a “Peace Warrior.” Raised in a military family he has become a global peace activist. He works as the Global Consultant for Peace and Justice with International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches. He travels to conflict zones around the world to teach peace-building, nonviolence and reconciliation. He works primarily with church groups as his own passion for peacemaking comes from his deep Christian faith. But with so many conflicts having religious lines of division as a part of them, Buttry engages in peacemaking across those faith lines. His writing and his activism have taken him to the places of inter-religious encounter and how to use various faith traditions to support peace rather than fuel violent conflict.
Buttry’s personal and community life feeds his global work. He and his wife Sharon are both ordained American Baptist clergy, and both committed to urban ministry. They live in Hamtramck, Michigan, an urban municipality surrounded by Detroit. They have been involved in interfaith work as well as local community and school nonviolence work.