Nonviolent Witness

Destination Bethlehem by Barrie Shepherd

The book is written as a personal guide, with a prose meditation, prayer or poem for every day from Advent through Epiphany. However it might also be useful as an Advent study group book, and as a rich source of materials for worship planning and for preaching throughout this most demanding season.

Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence

Fight explores violence in the Bible and challenges us to live out Jesus’ call to non-violence. With prophetic relevance, New York Times bestselling author Preston Sprinkle tackles the controversy surrounding violence and grapples with surprising conclusions. Anyone who has struggled with the morality of violence will appreciate this convincing biblical guide. Buy as a paperback or an ebook here.

A Month of Creation Justice

The weather is finally beginning to feel fall-like here in New York, a not-so-subtle reminder of the reality of climate change in our world as we prepare to mark the three-year anniversary of Sandy in just ten days. This has also been a theme over the past month in my work with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

A New Revolution in Guatemala

“I think there’s going to be another revolution.” Hermano Pedro spoke these words to me, nodding slowly, as we sat at the kitchen table drinking sweet coffee and eating bread. That was in early July of this year. We were talking about Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and the protests that were happening in the capital calling for his resignation. I had asked him what he thought would happen--would Guatemala just wait it out until the September elections or would Molina be forced to resign, just as his vice-president had done a few months earlier?

Campaign Nonviolence Holds National Conference in Santa Fe

I was thrilled to be able to attend the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference this past weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement to mainstream nonviolence and to foster a culture of peace free from war, poverty, environmental destruction, and the epidemic of violence.” The Campaign, launched last year by Pace e Bene, has been endorsed by more than 200 organizations, including the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. In its first year, Campaign Nonviolence inspired 240 nonviolent actions across the country during the week of September 21-27, 2014.

Netanyahu Condemns Act of Terror But Misses the Point

This past weekend was darkened by the news from the West Bank that many of us saw when we woke up on Friday--that 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh had died in an arson fire set by Israeli settlers. As we read the news, Ali’s four-year-old brother and parents were in the hospital being treated for burn injuries. It wasn’t long before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the US, the UN, and the European Union condemned this act of violence. Most notably, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Army, too, called this an act of terror.

Journal of Resistance Studies

The first issue is available for free online.

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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.

Clergy Arrested as "Moral Mondays" Protests Legislative Corruption and Inaction

Sixteen people were arrested Monday afternoon at the Capitol as more than 100 faith, labor and community leaders gathered for a ‘Moral Mondays’ vigil to protest what they called Albany’s broken system, which leaves New York’s families, students and workers to struggle needlessly. Clergy and advocates held 16 Moral Mondays rallies at the Capitol this year, calling for a range of policies, including more funding for public education and anti-hunger programs, an increase to the minimum wage, an end to long-term solitary confinement, and tax reform.

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