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Peacemaking

President Trump ordered the killing of one of Iran’s top military commanders. Iran, in turn, fired missiles hitting military bases housing US troops. Tit-for-tat acts of violence may be the way of war; it is not the way of Jesus. […] Read More

Calling peace ‘a great and precious value,’ Pope Francis, in his message for World Day of Peace, urged Christians to engage in peacemaking by taking a journey of hope, listening, reconciliation and ecological conversion. […] Read More

In a Dec. 9 letter, faith leaders urged candidates for US president in 2020 to reduce U.S. military spending, redirecting those funds to alleviate poverty and hunger, improve education and protect the environment. […] Read More

In Jewish tradition, Elijah often appears in the guise of an old beggar. The legend says if we treat beggars kindly, the world is deemed ready for peace. Did Elijah visit us and we didn’t notice him? When will we be ready for peace? […] Read More

In a global economy that views our planet as a repository of resources to exploit, the theme of peace during Advent calls us to imagine and live an alternative economy of simplicity and generosity. We must seek a ‘green’ peace. […] Read More

Biblical peace promotes divine justice in an attempt to bring wholeness and egalitarianism to broken systems. Even Jesus, who pursued peace for those abandoned by the elite, acknowledged he came not to bring peace, but a sword. […] Read More

Rather than vilifying or marginalizing the religious beliefs of others, we must seek out ways to build communities of peace in our multifaith societies. Here are 4 ways to do that in your corner of the planet. […] Read More

Each of us must pursue the biblical call to be a peacemaker, working out the peace of God in our own context and making a positive difference to the social capital and relational health of our communities, nation and world. […] Read More

Just Peacemaking Theory, developed by the late Baptist ethicist Glen Stassen, involves practices in civil and international life that reduce and resolve conflicts without violence. Here is a summary of those 10 practices. […] Read More

As we strive to seek peace, the global strife around us can make us apprehensive that peace can ever be attained. How do we balance our idealism and our realism? This Advent, the life of Edward Hicks may give us some direction. […] Read More