In Resurrection Peacemaking: Plowsharing the Tools of War, Cliff Kindy explains that nonviolence is most effective when it intentionally retakes the initiative from the actors of violence. The New Testament is full of tools to retake the initiative for peace. Paul invites us to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21); and to feed our enemies if they are hungry and to give them something to drink if they are thirsty (Romans 12:20). Jesus says to love our enemies by praying for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44); and to love our enemies by doing good to those who hate us (Luke 6:27-28). He said that the peacemakers are blessed (Matthew 5:9)!
Cliff further explains the implements and processes that plowshare violence and injustice. The tools of listening, crossing barriers that get built between people, truth, unarmed courage, accompaniment of threatened people, persistent protest in the face of injustice, and faith-based visioning will consistently overcome the weapons of violence, usually in the short run and always in the long run.
When: Sept 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Oakwood Resort Event Center