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Seeking Cultures of Peace
A Peace Church Conversation

Edited by Fernando Enns, Scott Holland, Ann K. Riggs

Foreword by Samuel Kobia

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.

Comment: "In 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."
—Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College

"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."
—Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief, Sojourners

"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."
—George Hunsinger, McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

"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 Mennonites—and their joint consultation with the ecumenical movement—is an essential contribution to ‘seeking reconciliation and peace’ within the framework of the Decade to Overcome Violence."
—Hansulrich Gerber , Coordinator , Decade to Overcome Violence , World Council of Churches

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 God’s 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.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House (the new name of Pandora Press U.S.)
Copublishers: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA; Oikumene World Council of Churches Publications
ublication date: April 30, 2004
Approximate Pages: 260
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $22.95 US, $35.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-21-X

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