Summary: This book shares some of the new conversation between members of the Historic Peace Churches (Mennonites, Quakers, and Brethren) as they reflect on their theology in light of the World Council of Churches current Decade to Overcome Violence. It includes updated presentations rooted in a historic gathering of theologians of these three traditions, in Switzerland in 2001, at the beginning of the Decade. Offered are fresh readings of biblical and theological concepts as well as reflection on contemporary challenges and opportunities.
These 16 chapters plus other materials examine theological understandings in the light of current world realities. This includes reflection on the reality of globalized culture and structures of power, and on the role of national histories. Chapters also reflect on identity and context and how these shape understandings of peace. Authors look at biblical models of peacemaking but also explore the way concepts of land and place, in Christian and in other faith traditions, contribute to peace. Reflection from a variety of contexts, including Nigeria, Korea, Colombia, Paraguay, the British Isles and North America, adds richness to the collection.
these essays the Historic Peace Churches rise
magnificently to the challenges of globalization. With
historical nuance and political sophistication, these
authors make a compelling case for effective nonviolent
action. The message shines through that all Christians
must make peace-building their first priority. It can and
must change the face of global society."
"In a post-September 11 world
dominated by fear and violence, the Historic Peace Church
tradition has an essential contribution to make to the
wider church. The essays in Seeking Cultures of Peace
commend that contribution."
"These essays, representing
free church or left-wing
Reformation viewpoints, make a welcome contribution
to the ecumenical movement. No historic tradition can
fail to learn from them."
"Dialogue among Historic Peace
Churches since the 1950s has not kept up with
developments worldwide and within the ecumenical
movement. Meanwhile, justice, peace, and nonviolence have
become top agenda for churches, faith communities, and
movements. As this book documents, the resuming
conversation among Quakers, Church of the Brethren, and
Mennonitesand their joint consultation with the
ecumenical movementis an essential contribution to
seeking reconciliation and peace within the
framework of the Decade to Overcome Violence."
Market: Scholars and college or graduate students; church leaders and pastors; groups or individuals interested in the thought of the Historic Peace Churches and in the larger question of how the church can be Gods agent in overcoming violence and seeking reconciliation and peace.
Shelving: Theology; Ethics; Peacemaking, pacifism, nonviolence; Historic Peace Churches; Anabaptist-Mennonite thought. BISAC: Religion, Social Sciences. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics, 750 Sociology.
The Authors: Konrad Raiser, Neal Blough, Peter Dula, Alfred Neufeld, J. Denny Weaver, Patrick K. Bugu, Alix Lozano, Daniel W. Ulrich, Moisés Mayordomo, Debbie Roberts, Elaine Bishop, Sang Gyoo Lee, Alastair McIntosh, plus the editors.
The Editors: Dr. Fernando Enns, Heidelberg, Germany, teaches systematic theology and ecumenical studies at Heidelberg University. He is Director of Studies of the Ecumenical Institute. Dr. Scott Holland, Richmond, Indiana, teaches peace, public, and cross-cultural theology at Bethany Theological Seminary, in partnership with Earlham School of Religion in Richmond. He is contributing editor to Cross Currents: The Journal of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. Dr. Ann K. Riggs, Washington, D.C., is co-author of Introduction to Ecumenism (Paulist Press, 1998), co-editor of the journal Quaker Theology, Associate General Secretary for Faith and Order at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and Consultant to the Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission.
Publishing House (the new name of Pandora Press U.S.)
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