Tag Archives: just peace

Just war? Enough already

Commonweal 16 June 2017, pp. 9-14 A question for sports fans: What would you make of a coach who drills his team exclusively on last-minute desperation plays, while neglecting the basics? What would you make of players whose whole mindset … Continue reading

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Pacifism in action [an interview with Gerald Schlabach]

U.S. Catholic February 2017 Gerald Schlabach first started thinking about peace and violence in the mid-1980s. He and his wife worked for the Mennonite Central Committee in Nicaragua during a time of ongoing civil revolution. A member of the Mennonite … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s peacebuilding pedagogy:
A commentary on his 2017 World Day of Peace message

It is not too soon to anticipate the challenge of “reception.” All signs suggest that Pope Francis’s 2017 World Day of Peace (WDP) message represents only an initial response to the appeal for clearer teaching on gospel nonviolence issued at … Continue reading

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What if we win? Nonviolence and the challenge of governance

Advance paper for Pax Christi International / Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace conference, Rome, April 2016: “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence” Gerald W. Schlabach And what if you win? As I … Continue reading

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Evangelizing as a people of peace:
Paul’s clue, John Paul’s globalism, Francis’s principles

Abstract: To judge from some of its wildest critics and enthusiasts alike, Gaudium et spes and its friendly engagement with the modern world would almost seem to have made the Church as a body superfluous.  The Council fathers certainly called … Continue reading

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Paul’s clue, John Paul’s globalism, Francis’s principles

Idea map for A Pilgrim People: Becoming a Catholic Peace Church

This is the “idea map” that got me started on the book project that has occupied my sabbatical this year.  Inevitably the book has undergone some reshaping, and probably will until the end.  But conceptually, this still makes the connections.

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Christian peace theology:
internal critique and interfaith dialogue

On March 1 I spoke at two break-out sessions on the topic of “Christian Peace Theology: Internal Critique and Interfaith Dialogue” at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Faith and Peace Day, in Minneapolis.  Here’s what I said I would do: … Continue reading

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“Confessional” nonviolence and the unity of the Church:
Can Christians square the circle?

Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34, no. 1 (2014): 125-44. Abstract: Both within and among churches that have traditionally held to just war teaching, various formulas in the last 50 years have allowed for the recognition that Christian pacifism is … Continue reading

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Can Christians square the circle?

Sharing Peace:
Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation

Co-edited with Margaret Pfeil Sharing Peace brings together leading Mennonite and Catholic theologians and ecclesial leaders to reflect on the recent, first-ever international dialogue between the Mennonite World Conference and the Vatican. The search for a shared reading of history, theology … Continue reading

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Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation

Must Christian pacifists reject police force?

Abstract: Chapter 5 in A Faith not Worth Fighting for: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Nonviolence, eds Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer, The Peaceable Kingdom Series, no. 1 (Eugene OR: Cascade Books, 2012). Click here to download or … Continue reading

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Meeting in exile

Historic peace churches and the emerging peace church catholic Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace Volume 1. Issue 1, Fall 2007. First presented as a lecture for Presentation Sisters’ Peace Studies Forum, 23 January 2004, Fargo ND. For the three “historic peace … Continue reading

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Just Policing, Not War:
An Alternative Response to World Violence

For decades, the Catholic Church and historical peace churches such as the Mennonites have come together in ecumenical discussions about war and peace. The dividing point has always been between pacifism, the view held by Mennonites and other peace churches, … Continue reading

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An Alternative Response to World Violence

At Peace and Unafraid:
Public Order, Security, and the Wisdom of the Cross

Co-edited with Duane Friesen Many Mennonites are clear about avoiding the violence of war and some types of police activities. Less clear, though, is the extent to which Mennonites should participate in the coercive systems needed for safe, stable and … Continue reading

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Public Order, Security, and the Wisdom of the Cross

Just policing:
how war could cease to be a church-dividing issue

Abstract: Might Christians who have long been divided along just-war and pacifist lines agree some day that just policing—and only just policing—is legitimate? In an essay first written as a resource for the first international dialogue between Mennonites and Roman Catholics, the author … Continue reading

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how war could cease to be a church-dividing issue

Just policing, not war

America magazine July 7, 2003 Virtually every Christian tradition is trying to have it both ways on war. Twenty years ago the U.S. bishops published The Challenge of Peace, which explicitly paired just war and pacifism as legitimate Christian responses to … Continue reading

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Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America

Phil McManus and Gerald Schlabach, co-editors With an introduction by Leonardo Boff “A tremendous contribution toward documenting the courage of thousands of people throughout Latin America who struggle for a world of peace, justice and human dignity.” –Isabel Letelier “This … Continue reading

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