Peacemaking and peacemakers

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about peacemaking and peacemakers.   For me, it comes down to three pretty simple concepts.  All lives matter equally – the victim and the perpetrator, the peacemaker and the warmonger – all lives matter equally.   Human rights are human rights for all – rich and poor, friend and antagonist - human rights are human rights for all.  Peacemakers refuse to be enemies even with those who call peacemakers their enemies.

This is what community looks like.

Yesterday was the first day of Ramadan, and the plan was for our community to gather for an Iftar - the meal at sunset with which Muslims who have been fasting break their fast. Instead we gathered around a small table with nine candles that were lit as we read the names of each of those killed on Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

Responses to "The Challenge of the Islamic State and A Response Founded on Christ's Call to the Work of Peace"

Our document The Challenge of the Islamic State and A Response Founded on Christ’s Call to the Work of Peace has sparked a healthy discussion on the issues surrounding this topic. In an effort to bring the conversation to one place instead of individual inboxes, we publish this blog post with the purpose of the comments section serving as the online discussion forum.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb at Mercy Junction for weekend of 'Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga'

Social justice organizations and churches are hosting Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb for a series of events tilted “Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga,” May 29 to May 31.

The Doctrine of Discovery

If you are reading this right now and you have no idea what the Doctrine of Discovery is, it’s okay. It is
not a term that comes up in conversation very often. History teachers don’t devote lesson plans to it.
Pastors don’t craft sermons about it. And theologians give very little thought to it...