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in the past. Current Memo's are not available.
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We have developed some core convictions but no "statement of
faith" or set organisational procedures. The Anabaptist
tradition has generally been wary of creeds and has
encouraged ongoing dialogue rather than fixed positions. The
Network has developed over the past decade through
conversations over meals, discussions among friends old and
new, sharing ideas and experiences.
Personal peace and peace between peoples and nations and
religions, are primary tenets of the Baha’i faith and
message. “"The Great Peace towards which people of good will
throughout the centuries have inclined their hearts, of
which seers and poets for countless generations have
expressed their vision, and for which from age to age the
sacred scriptures of mankind have constantly held the
promise, is now at long last within the reach of the
BAPTIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP OF
The purpose of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
is to unite and enable Christians to make peace in a warring
world. We are called by God to the Gospel of Peace.
This calling is rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ, who is
our Peace, in whom God is reconciling the world and through
whom God calls us to the ministry of peacemaking.
Peace is not only our goal, but our means. The
foundation of peace is justice.
The force of peace is love.
BIBLE -- Read the
Peace Church Bible Study Home Page
Welcome! I hope this web site will be useful to persons with
an interest in the Bible and the "Historic Peace Churches"
(Brethren, Mennonites, Quakers). Some of my interests,
reflected in the content, include:
* Finding ways to bridge the gap between academic/scholarly
readers of scripture and non-academics, whether "believers"
or not. * Finding ways to bridge the gap between
"believers" and those who feel no "religious" affinity for
the biblical text. * Helping people who want to learn
the languages in which the earliest manuscripts of the Bible
are written: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. I'm particularly
interested in people who are studying these languages
outside a formal classroom setting for whatever reason.
CATHOLIC PEACE FELLOWSHIP
The purpose of the CPF is to support Catholic conscientious
objectors through education, counseling, and advocacy.
Guided by a personalist philosophy, the CPF seeks to resist
war by helping those who choose not to participate in it,
one person at a time.
The Catholic Worker Movement, founded by Dorothy Day and
Peter Maurin in 1933, is grounded in a firm belief in the
God-given dignity of every human person, their movement was
committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, and the Works
of Mercy as a way of life. It wasn't long before Dorothy and
Peter were putting their beliefs into action, opening a
"house of hospitality" where the homeless, the hungry, and
the forsaken would always be welcome. Over many decades the
movement has protested injustice, war, and violence of all
forms.Today there are some 130 Catholic Worker communities
in the United States. Church of God Peace Fellowship
According to Jesus, peacemaking is the family business of
the children of God. He calls us to radical acts of
reconciliation and peacemaking.
CELEBRATING PEACE began in 1992 with an all volunteer staff
and seven children in Sioux City, IA. Since that time, Young
Peacemakers Clubs have started all over the world. The
skills of peacemaking have been promoted by this global
grassroots effort in such diverse settings as schools,
churches, homes, community centers, and as a special focus
in other existing organizations. (nonreligious)
CENTER FOR ACTION
A Christian center for the training and formation of people
for outreach ministries, in Albuquerque, NM.
CENTER ON CONSCIENCE AND WAR
CCW works to defend and extend the rights of conscientious
objectors. The Center is committed to supporting all those
who question participation in war, whether they are U.S.
citizens, permanent residents, documented or undocumented
immigrants -- or citizens in other countries.
The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No
Child Behindr and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a
Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in
life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of
caring families and communities. CDF provides a
strong, effective voice for all the children of America who
cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay
particular attention to the needs of poor and minority
children and those with disabilities. (nonreligious)
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is
an organization committed to reducing violence by "Getting
in the Way"—challenging systems of domination and
exploitation as Jesus Christ did in the first century.
A project of the Mennonite Churches, Church of the Brethren
and Friends United Meeting and other Christians, CPT has
worked in Haiti, the Middle East, Bosnia, Chechnya,
Colombia, Mexico, Canada, and the USA. In all
locations, CPT responds to invitations from grassroots
movements seeking to rectify injustice in nonviolent ways.
CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
As a contemporary peace church, the Church of the Brethren
seeks to find constructive alternatives to violence in all
Simple, profoundly, indispensably the best single source of
progressive, world transforming news, commentary, wire
services, newspapers (national and international) available
AND MILITARY SERVICE/SERVITUDE
Connections to excellent resources on the web covering
practical, legal, and a wide variety of other issues related
to conscientious objection, to assist you in thinking
through the underlying issues related to pacifism,
militarism, conscience, just/unjust war, etc.
The Dallas Peace Center is a dynamic nonprofit organization
that believes wholeheartedly in grassroots activism and
progressive democracy. As such all of our active campaigns
are volunteer-driven, and each project is constantly
changing to meet current world situations. (nonreligious)
TO OVERCOME VIOLENCE
The churches meeting for the Eighth WCC Assembly in Harare,
Zimbabwe, at the end of the most violent century in human
history, committed themselves to a pilgrimage of peace. The
Assembly called the churches, ecumenical organizations and
all people of goodwill, to work together to overcome
violence through peace and justice.
The Earth Charter is an authoritative synthesis of values,
principles, and aspirations that are widely shared by
growing numbers of men and women in all regions of the
EARTH DAY, for PEACE AND
Peace and the care of Earth begins in the mind. On Earth
Day we can think, pray and plan what we will do to restore
and renew the wonder of life on our planet. A "New Day"
when differences are forgotten as we share the wonder of
nature's new life and new beginning. (nonreligious)
ENVIRONMENT: FRIENDS COMMITTEE
ON UNITY WITH NATURE (FCUN)
Friends Committee on Unity With Nature (FCUN) is a
spiritually-centered movement of Quakers and like-minded
people seeking ways to integrate concern for the environment
with Friends' long-standing testimonies for simplicity,
peace, and equality. Let us explore the spiritual roots of
humanity's relationship to the Earth. Let us transform our
attitudes toward the Earth and all living things!
FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION
FOR seeks to replace violence, war, racism, and economic
injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. We are an
interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a
transforming way of life and as a means of radical change.
We educate, train, build coalitions, and engage in
nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally,
LANGUAGE PEACE CHURCH SITE
Here is a link to a German language site, from Germany,
presenting some of the views, program and heritage of the
Mennonite/Anabaptist peace tradition.
Welcome to a bookstore which attempts to create a new space
for serious, reflective readers. Unabashedly Christian, we
are often told that we are different than most religious
bookstores. Our name, we trust, gives a good first clue to
what we are about. What distinguishes us most is our
enthusiasm for the development of a uniquely Christian
worldview where Christ's Lordship is honored and lived out
in relevant ways in the midst of our highly secularized,
post-modern culture. We offer quality books for the sake of
faithful Christian living.
HOWARD THURMAN, THE LEGACY OF A BLACK MAN
Interview with Robert Franklin, President of the
Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta: Q: What
do you think Howard Thurman's theological legacy is?
Jesus Radicals is a source of discipleship for the church at
large. We do not pretend to be anything more or less than a
resource. However, this resource is designed for Christians
who know something is wrong with the church. It is a place
for those us who are tired of playing power games practiced
in the name of Jesus -- for those of us who are tired of
violence and the lording of it over others. You are not
alone. God has saved a remnant of His people who have
not bowed down to capitalism, the state, money, the military
or any other idol that plagues the world today. On this
site, you'll find an online library, essays written by our
readers, sermon ideas, links to helpful sites and much more.
We are glad you could join us.
JEWISH PEACE FELLOWSHIP
The Jewish Peace Fellowship, founded in 1941 to defend the
rights of C0s, has continuously fought for peace and
Lutheran Peace Fellowship (LPF) is a community of Lutherans
across the U.S. and around the globe, responding to the
gospel call to be peacemakers and justice seekers. Founded
in 1941, LPF offers a wide range of expertise,
encouragement, and resources, including brochures and study
guides, worship materials, advocacy materials, audiovisuals
MAR ELIAS EDUCATIONAL
We want to enable our younger generation to start today,
together, to prepare for the kind of future they would want
to offer their children tomorrow. MEEI has opened its doors
for 20 years and wishes to open its doors even wider for
more young people to receive a good education and to be
educated together with other religious traditions and the
full range of citizens in Israel, whether Jewish, Muslim,
Druze or Christian
MARTIN LUTHER KING CENTER/ESSAYS
Here are two sites for resources from Dr. King's life -- his
principles of nonviolence, steps in peacemaking, as well as
speeches and articles from his pen.
NEIGHBORS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
Neighbors for Peace and Justice was formed in response to
the events of September 11. Members of our community
gathered to discuss alternative approaches to the
government's declaration of war on terrorism. We are
concerned about the violence against civilians caused by the
war as well as its negative effects here at home on the
economy, civil liberties and social services. By educating
ourselves, by direct communication with elected
representatives, and by public education and demonstration,
our goal is to influence the direction of our country's
foreign and domestic policy toward peace and justice. Join
us in this important effort. For further information, call
(213) 250-5500. (nonreligious)
The Nonviolent Peaceforce aims to save lives by preventing
large outbreaks of violent conflict around the world. NP is
a trained, international civilian nonviolent peace force. It
works at the invitation of local groups to protect human
rights and prevent death and destruction, thus creating the
space for local groups to struggle nonviolently, enter into
dialogue, and seek peaceful resolution. NP will deploy
hundreds of peace workers at a time who will engage in
interpositioning, accompaniment, presence, and witnessing.
The Peace Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in many
PACE E BENE
Pace e Bene (pronounced "pah-chay bay-nay") mission: We work
to develop within ourselves and to share with others the
understanding of active nonviolence as a way of being and
living and as a methodology for cultural transformation. The
workbook and workshop "From Violence to Wholeness" are
PAX CHRISTI USA
Pax Christi USA is the national Catholic Peace movement. It
strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ
by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of
Christian nonviolence. Pax Christi USA rejects war,
preparations for war, and every form of violence and
domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and
social justice, and respect for creation.
PEACE AND JUSTICE
SUPPORT NETWORK, MENNONITE CHURCH U.S.A.
Here are resources for study, witness and worship from one
of the "historic peace churches."
A unique woman who dedicated her life to walking and prayer
for peace in the world.
Peaceful Tomorrows is an advocacy organization founded by
family members of September Eleventh victims. Its mission is
to seek effective nonviolent responses to terrorism, and
identify a commonality with all people similarly affected by
violence throughout the world. By conscientiously exploring
peaceful options in our search for justice, we choose to
spare additional innocent families the suffering that we
have already experienced -- as well as to break the endless
cycle of violence and retaliation engendered by war.
A unique, indispensable resource for thinking and preaching
about nonviolence and peace.
QUAKER (FRIENDS) RESOURCES
The Friends, Brethren and Mennonites are sometimes called
the "historic peace churches" because of their persistent
peace witness. This site has links to scores of Quaker
organizations, writings and resources.
This website includes many pages of peace quotes, peace
prayers, peace essays, peace issues, peace history, peace
action, books, and tools for teachers and clergy.
MILE PEACE CURRICULUM
This is an educational tool for congregations
who want to proclaim Christ’s peace in a broken world.
THE PEACE ALLIANCE
Participate in an historic citizen lobbying effort to create
a U.S. Department of Peace. There is currently a bill before
the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 808). This landmark
measure will augment our current problem-solving options,
providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of
domestic and international conflict.
THIRD WAY CAFE
The Third Way Cafe introduces Mennonites, their peace
practice and a wide range of Biblical and theological
resources for peace churches.
UCC JUST PEACE
Affirms the United Church of Christ to be a Just Peace
Church and defines Just Peace as the interrelation of
friendship, justice, and common security from violence.
Places the United Church of Christ General Synod in
opposition to the institution of war.
CHURCH OF CHRIST WITNESS FOR JUSTICE
Justice and Witness Ministries, one of four Covenanted
Ministries in the United Church of Christ, helps local
congregations and all settings of the church respond to
God's commandments to do justice, seek peace and effect
change for a better world.
VOICES IN THE TREETOPS
Honors all of our ancestors by providing arts and arts
activities to agencies and institutions committed to the
fostering of character development, social and environmental
responsibility, wellness, education, violence prevention,
social justice, cultural preservation, and peacebuilding.
WITNESS FOR PEACE
Witness for Peace is a politically independent, grassroots
organization. We are people committed to nonviolence and led
by faith and conscience. Our mission is to support peace,
justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by
changing US policies and corporate practices which
contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and
the Caribbean. We stand with people who seek justice.
WORLD CITIZEN AND PEACE
Purpose: To challenge and support teachers and
students to be lifelong peacemakers. Mission: To
involve as many people as we can, starting with the
children, in activities that promote a Peaceful, Healthy and
Non-Violent World. “If we are to reach real Peace in this
World, we shall have to begin with the children” ~ Gandhi History: World Citizen Inc. was founded in 1982.
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