Summary: Seeking Peace is Africa is a direct reply to the World Council of Churches' Decade to Overcome Violence. The WCC appealed to the Historic Peace Churches to share their responses to the enormous reach of terror and violation of human life in this generation. The stories in this volume are the hopeful responses of Africans who have lived through horrific violence. Some are unbearable tales of despair at the loss of millions of lives due to warfare, riots, terror, starvation, AIDS and disease. Others are remarkable descriptions of courageous peacemaking in the midst of nearly impossible circumstances.

Comment: "This decade devoted to overcoming violence will benefit from the rich tradition of Christian theological thinking, especially from the work done on biblical interpretation and ecclesiology. I am thrilled with the stories in this volume."
—Agnes Abuom, Past President, World Council of Churches, in the Introduction

"The WCC . . . is very pleased to be part of this second theological consultation by the Historic Peace Churches. For the voices of Africans associated with the Historic Peace Churches to be articulated and heard within the ecumenical context, it is important to create platforms such as this one. . . .
Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, WCC, in the
WCC Foreword

"The realism of the narratives is balanced by stories of redemption. It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of these contributions."
—Edward P. Antonio, Associate Professor of Theology and SocialTheory and Diversity Officer, Iliff School of Theology, in the
Foreword

"In a time of state violence and disregard for the sanctity of the individual human body, members of the Historic Peace Churches have crafted an important book to preserve the sanity of the global family. Accenting insights from Africa, contributing writers not only show how to end violence and realize peace. They also give concrete suggestions about Christian and humane values needed to build peaceful, human communities. If there is to be a non-violent 21st century, then right relations -- privileging the vulnerable, the oppressed and the poor; seeing relationality and inclusivity; celebrating differences; inviting hospitality; risking inter-faith peace; and offering reconciliation -- come to the fore. This joyful and hopeful book is about the healing of the soul, our humanity, and the beauty of all creation.”
—Dwight N. Hopkins, Author, Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion

Market: Scholars; college or graduate students; church leaders and pastors; groups or individuals interested in the thought of the Historic Peace Churches and in the emerging "peace church" identity of many African Christians.

Shelving: Theology; Ethics; Peacemaking, pacifism, nonviolence; African Churches; Historic Peace Churches; Anabaptist-Mennonite thought. BISAC: Religion, Social Sciences. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics, 750 Sociology

The Editors: Donald E. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Christian Education and Ethics, Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana. Scott Holland is Associate Professor of Peace Studies and Cross Cultural Studies, Bethany Theological Seminary. Lon Fendall is Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Center for Peace and Justice, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon. Dean Johnson is Instructor of Peace Studies, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Copublishers: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA; Oikumen Publications of World Council of Churches
Publication date: Apri 2007
Approximate Pages: 248
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $22.95 US, $29.95 Can.
ISBN 13: 978-1-931038-38-6; ISBN 10: 1-931038-38-4

 

 
 

 

             
             
             
           

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