Welcome to the “Pilgrims for Just Peace” Discussion area


Welcome to the “Pilgrims for Just Peace” discussion area.

This is the area, where peace and justice issues will be discussed. Our Pilgrims for Just Peace group is discussing the questions “What is a Peace Church?” and “Should Pilgrim join the Every Church a Peace Church organization?” Discussion questions will be posted here periodically. The discussion is open to anyone from Pilgrim to post ideas and thoughts. Watch for the first discussion question to be posted soon.

Paul Hardt, Editor/Administrator

Deacon, Mission and Social Concerns


3 Responses to “Welcome to the “Pilgrims for Just Peace” Discussion area”

  1. Joan Haan Says:

    I would iinvite member to check out the soon to be updated ECAPC web site. this page in particular may help our conversation. Please also note links. http://www.ecapc.org/yourchurch.asp

    Is Your Church A Peace Church?
    The church could turn the world toward peace if every church lived and taught as Jesus lived and taught.

    The Peace Church Way

    1. I/We affirm hope in Jesus and the way of love which he lived and taught as the heart of Christian truth and guide to the life of the church both internally and externally.
    2. I/We work to continue Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s black freedom struggle to release America and the world from the powers of racism, poverty and militarism.
    3. I/We support alternatives to war and violence such as Christian Peacemaker Teams and conscientious objection, making peace through nonviolent action for justice.

    Read an article on “The Peace Church Way” http://www.ecapc.org/articles/article-8458.htm


    The Peace Church Affirmation

    Following Jesus in nonviolent struggle for justice and peace, we love our neighbors and enemies as God loves us all, becoming a peace church to share in God’s work to save the world.

    How to Start a Church-based Peacemaker Group http://ecapc.org/howtostart.asp

    Five Characteristics of a Peace Church — Bienenberg Declaration

    The process one church is using — Jeff Street Baptist, Louisville

    (You could start here with a “what if” question which raises possibilities for the future, if not the past.)
    What if Every Church Had Been a Peace Church? — by Kohls

    Read the following 7 questions. By gently identifying some important matters, they begin to explain what a peace church is.

    Might a peace church engage in serious Bible study about the teachings and life of Jesus, believing that Jesus offers a better understanding of power, violence and nonviolence than we get from the culture around us? ~ Discussion Guide: Resources; A Pastor Speaks: Jesus and Allegiance
    Would a peace church look again at what Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and taught, using the power of prayer and training for nonviolent activist intervention to challenge the triple evils of racism, materialism and militarism? ~ See The Wisdom Of M. L. King
    In response to violence in the families, schools and communities of America, would not a peace church be exploring the power of forgiveness and nonviolence as its alternative to retribution and escalated violence? ~ Families Against Violence Network
    In what it says about sin, might a peace church raise questions about the most deadly and indiscriminate of weapons, which envision chemical, biological, nuclear and space warfare? ~ Military Leaders Question Bombing of Hiroshima
    Would a peace church be exploring potential links between military violence, domestic violence, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the message of the church, hearing the call to conscientious objection to war? ~ PTSD, Veterans and the Church — Kohls; see also “Nonviolent Action as ‘The Sword that Heals'” by George Lakey, challenging Ward Churchill’s “Pacifism as Pathology”
    Would a peace church sense a responsibility to teach the stewardship of the earth and care for the environment so that future generations may have a livable planet? ~ FCUN (Friends Committee on Unity With Nature); Mennonite Environmental Task Force; religon and environment
    Might a peace church endorse the World Council of Churches’ Decade to Overcome Violence, and the Nobel Laureates’ and UN call for a decade to develop a culture of nonviolence, so that children may be freed from the frightening threats of war, injury and death?
    If you can help your church to explore these questions, then we welcome you to participate in and help expand the global network of creative nonviolence. Of course other questions must be added, and we encourage you to do that (without ignoring these)!

    See Prophetic Article on Church’s Failure and Hope — Dr. Kohls
    What if Every Church Had Been a peace Church? — Dr. Kohls


    Please Sign Up to be a participating church, association or denomination!

    Every Church A Peace Church
    PO Box 240, Akron, PA 17501 USA

  2. Joan Haan Says:

    Preemptive Peacemaking: Just Peace vs. Just War
    What if we lived the vision that the church could turn the world toward peace if every church lived and taught as Jesus lived and taught? Join us in this exploration of preemptive peacemaking through a play about the absurdity and justification of war and through conversations about peacemaking practices.

    Location: O’Shaughnessy Education Center
    University of St. Thomas
    St. Paul Campus
    2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

    Sponsored by: Every Church a Peace Church

    Date: September 19th and 20th 2008
    Friday, September 19, 7-9 PM
    Cirque de Guerre a comedic, satirical, play about the mayhem of war told in a series of vignettes. Commissioned by Every Church A Peace Church
    Q & A following the performance.

    Saturday, September 20, 9-3 PM
    Keynote address, Glen Harold Stassen, Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary, winner of the Christianity Today Award for Best Book of 2004 in Theology or Ethics (Kingdom Ethics), Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War

    Break-out sessions including:
    • The nonviolence of Jesus
    • What is the ECAPC movement and how can we be part of it?
    • How does the arts community speak peace?
    • Just Peacemaking: A better answer for terrorism and the nuclear threat
    • University of St. Thomas Students for Justice and Peace

    Plenary Panel: Response and closing remarks

    Cost: Play – $20 (Student rate $10)
    Conference – $35 (Student rate $15)
    Combination – $50 (Student rate $20)
    • Preregistration for Combination free for UST students and faculty
    • Scholarships available upon request; contact Al Bostelmann at AllanBostelmann@msn.com or 612-722-5957
    • $5 off registration if received by September 1
    Proceeds go to cover the costs of the event and ECAPC http://www.ecapc.org
    Seating is limited. Registration may occur at the event.

    Register on line @ http://www.ecapc.org
    Or mail registration to:
    Bill Berneking
    188 Circle A Dr S
    Wayzata, MN 55391-1824
    Please make checks out to ECAPC;
    Please write play, conference or combination and if student in the memo line.

    Contact: Joan Haan joan@pleromacoaching.com or Rod Olsen 651-228-7224

    Co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas, Justice and Peace Studies Program and UST Students for Justice and Peace

  3. Joan Haan Says:

    See description of play also showing this summer, July 17-20:
    Cirque de Guerre

    written by Beth Gilleland, Blayn Lemke & Bill Berneking
    Told in a series of vignettes, Cirque de Guerre is a comedic satirical piece about the mayhem of war. A menagerie of daredevil acts with philosophers, mothers, clowns, businessmen, a bombshell, and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Collaborators Beth Gilleland, Blayn Lemke and Bill Berneking create a circus of theatrical and musical ideas about the absurdity of a “just” war.

    (Click here for more about Cirque de Guerre)
    * http://www.illusiontheater.org/season/index.asp?id=126

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