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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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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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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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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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