The Historic Peace Churches, i.e. the Society of Friends (Quakers), the various Mennonite denominations, and the Church of the Brethren, have provided decisive impulses for the ecumenical “Decade to Overcome Violence: Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace 2001-2010” which was proclaimed by the World Council of Churches 1999 and will be concluded with an International Ecumenical Peace Convocation at Kingston/Jamaica in May 2011. This present book, which is the result of the Third International Historic Peace Church Consultation at Solo/Indonesia in December 2007, brings an important Christian witness from Asia into the worldwide ecumenical discussion about overcoming violence and building cultures of peace.
is a minority religious community in most of the Asian countries and
the Historic Peace Churches represent an even smaller minority within
Asian Christianity. The conference included peace church
representatives from India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines,
Australia, and New Zealand. While their contributions to the conference
and their exchange of experiences cannot claim to be representative for
Asian struggles with the culture of violence, the three principle
themes discussed at the conference—religious pluralism, injustice, and
poverty—do touch the context of daily living for most people in Asia,
whether Christian or followers of other religious traditions.
Among the issues addressed in the presentations and exchanges emerging from the conference are these: responding to the harassment of Asian Christian communities by religious extremists; transforming conflicts through restorative justice; rethinking mission as reconciliation; unmasking the culture of empire through a culture of earth community; seeking cultures of peace; and throughout—the role of peace churches in overcoming violence.
This volume is another example of the very creative contributions the Historic Peace Churches are continuing to make to the ecumenical search for reconciliation and peace. For teachers and students engaged in developing a new approach to an ecumenical ethics of peace and for those committed to overcoming violence in their local context, the book provides valuable insights and welcome encouragement.
—Konrad Raiser, Berlin, Germany
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