Learning Peace
Implementing a CRCNA Synodical
    Recommendation of 2006

                    Presented by Mary Dengerink
...
outline
• True stories of peace
• What is there to learn about peace?
• Is belief in the potential of peacemaking
  and pe...
True Stories of Peace
•   Nigeria: “The Crisis” in Takum, 1997 - 2003. A three year Peacemaking
    Process began in 2001 ...
Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Committees
        Continue the Peace Process.
True Stories of Peace, cont’

Iraq: A US Marine General listened to the
Chaplain and avoided escalation of a village
demon...
Learning about Peace
                   Heeding God’s Call: A Gathering on Peace
                         Philadelphia, Ja...
It is not enough to say,’We must not wage war’.
    It is necessary to love peace and to sacrifice
    for it. We must conc...
Definitions
• Peace Building: The preventive
  intervention to decrease possibility of
  violent conflict by actions to incr...
Peace Building
• Peace building work includes:
  1) Careful assessment of goals
  2) Assessment of potential for an interv...
Peacemaking
• Peacemaking work includes:
  1) Listening to all sides of an issue
  2) Respect, Patience, Courage*
  3) Att...
Faith, but no Formula

 “Traveler, there is no path.
We make the path by walking.”

        Antonio Machado
             S...
Supports for Peace Work
•   Trauma Healing
•   Education
•   Identity/Worldview Exploration
•   Justice
•   Conflict Transf...
We must be ‘Realistic’
Peace building efforts contain conflict better
  than military action because:
  * Peacemaking effor...
Hope in God’s Promises for Peace.


Quoting a speaker from the Peace Conference:

“Hopefulness, being a prisoner of hope, ...
Peace Learning Will
           Change Us
• Scriptural references to peace will have a
  fresh and deeply practical meaning...
An Act of Peace Advocacy
Jews, Muslims and Christians Agree on
  Gaza-Israel Crisis
 This is the headline on a document si...
Resources
And the Children Shall Lead Them edited by Bill Lowrey
Blind Trust by Vamik Volkan
Covenant of Peace by Willard ...
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  1. 1. Learning Peace Implementing a CRCNA Synodical Recommendation of 2006 Presented by Mary Dengerink April 23, 2009
  2. 2. outline • True stories of peace • What is there to learn about peace? • Is belief in the potential of peacemaking and peace building a realistic perspective? • Be prepared for change • Resources
  3. 3. True Stories of Peace • Nigeria: “The Crisis” in Takum, 1997 - 2003. A three year Peacemaking Process began in 2001 and led to the creation of Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Committees that continue the Peace Process.
  4. 4. Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Committees Continue the Peace Process.
  5. 5. True Stories of Peace, cont’ Iraq: A US Marine General listened to the Chaplain and avoided escalation of a village demonstration into gun violence. – As told by Chaplain Keizer under the heading: Peace is Never Lost www.crcjustice.org/issues/peaceandjustice/mobile
  6. 6. Learning about Peace Heeding God’s Call: A Gathering on Peace Philadelphia, January 2009 Historical Peace Churches, Quaker, Mennonite and Brethren were joined by Christian peacemakers from 20 other traditions, together with Jewish and Muslim participants, at Arch Street Friends Meetinghouse calling us to HOPE, LAMENT, BE PROPHETIC and ACT With this ecumenical gathering, united for peace, I recognized more deeply that God’s redemption through Christ, offers Peace on Earth. That is the cause of my HOPE. Earth I LAMENT that power used violently does not resolve problems, but causes new problems. I learned the value of joining with diverse voices who are PROPHETIC for peace in our world. I exercised my capacity to ACT, joining advocacy against gun violence on the streets of Philadelphia.
  7. 7. It is not enough to say,’We must not wage war’. It is necessary to love peace and to sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the eradication of war, but on the affirmation of peace. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. 8. Definitions • Peace Building: The preventive intervention to decrease possibility of violent conflict by actions to increase communication and collaboration between participants or groups. • Peacemaking: Intervention with persons and groups involved in violent conflict to facilitate alternatives to violence.
  9. 9. Peace Building • Peace building work includes: 1) Careful assessment of goals 2) Assessment of potential for an intervention to increase connections or divisions 3) Recognizing community leaders, but also planning with input from all community groups 4) Encouraging equity between groups 5)Facilitating opportunity for communication 6) Creating plans for future problem resolution
  10. 10. Peacemaking • Peacemaking work includes: 1) Listening to all sides of an issue 2) Respect, Patience, Courage* 3) Attitude of partnering to explore the meaning of relevant events 4) Stimulating curiosity regarding the ‘other’ side 5) A proposal to meet the ‘other’ 6) Building a common history of the conflict’s origin and progression 7) Agreement to look to the future
  11. 11. Faith, but no Formula “Traveler, there is no path. We make the path by walking.” Antonio Machado Spanish 1875-1939
  12. 12. Supports for Peace Work • Trauma Healing • Education • Identity/Worldview Exploration • Justice • Conflict Transformation • Religion/Spirituality & Values • Leadership • Space • Humanitarian Assistance & Development • Security from Peacebuilding Wheel by Barry Hart
  13. 13. We must be ‘Realistic’ Peace building efforts contain conflict better than military action because: * Peacemaking efforts create less continuing trauma for communities. * Peace building efforts assist people to resolve rather than pass the injustice they have experienced to the next generations. * Peace building efforts assist communities to work for a better future for themselves and their children.
  14. 14. Hope in God’s Promises for Peace. Quoting a speaker from the Peace Conference: “Hopefulness, being a prisoner of hope, keeps us in line with God’s future for the world.” Dr. Colin Saxton
  15. 15. Peace Learning Will Change Us • Scriptural references to peace will have a fresh and deeply practical meaning. • Peace knowledge will inspire reassessment of our personal relationships and behaviors. • Confidence in peace alternatives will inspire our peace building acts. • Awareness of effectiveness of peace work will provide another perspective to opinion about political policy and practice.
  16. 16. An Act of Peace Advocacy Jews, Muslims and Christians Agree on Gaza-Israel Crisis This is the headline on a document signed by three Abrahamic communities in Boston in January of this year: We… are anguished by the events unfolding in Israel and Gaza. Recognizing the legitimate needs of all peoples, including all those living in the Middle East, for dignity, peace, safety and security -- regardless of religion, race,or national origin -- we issue this joint statement with the hope and belief that our interfaith voices will be heard clearly, above the din of war. As guiding principles,*
  17. 17. Resources And the Children Shall Lead Them edited by Bill Lowrey Blind Trust by Vamik Volkan Covenant of Peace by Willard M. Swartley Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies edited by Barry Hart Resolving Identity-Based Conflict by Jay Rothman The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding, Howard Zehr, general editor. The End of Memory by Miroslav Volf The Journey Toward Reconciliation by John Paul Lederach • Alternatives to Violence - www.ATV.org • CRCNA Office of Social Justice - www.crcjustice.org • Envision Peace Museum - www.envisionpeacemuseum.org • Every Church a Peace Church - www.ecapc.org • Acts of Synod 2006: War and Peace Report

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