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.
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
"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. . . .
"The realism of the narratives is
balanced by stories of redemption. It is impossible to
overemphasize the importance of these
"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.
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.
© 2007 by Cascadia Publishing House