Here is a fragment from the last post on the Reconcilers blog of Chris Rice:
I’m still contemplating three invigorating days last week at “Teaching Religion, Conflict Transformation, and Peacebuilding: A Consultation of Educators,” held at the Boston University School of Theology. I love Boston, and it was a refreshing space with people committed to being more than theoretical, including a couple Jewish leaders I really enjoyed meeting.
Three things I’m thinking about:
First, while the church’s many conflicts are cutting the knees out of our credibility, convenor Tom Porter’s claim that “we’re in the early stages of a movement” putting peace witness at the heart of Christianity struck me as true. Regarding “early stages” Tom cited Willard Swartley’s recent, important book Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics. Regarding the “movement” part I have written about emerging “communities of the restless.” The BU gathering was another example.