Can anyone seriously imagine Jesus pulling out a sword and hacking and thrusting his way through the stone throwers? The notion that Christians can wage war as long as they kill with love for the enemy in their hearts is as foreign to the New Testament as it is to reason and experience.
In order to retain one’s own wellness, a peacebuilder must also exercise self-care. Situations of conflict can be immensely stressful, so peacebuilders need to know when to step back and take some time for self-care.
This prayer service was prepared by Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C. It is a revised version of a service offered at the White House on May 4, 2012 and can be adapted for a nonviolent public witness or worship setting.
The use of nuclear weapons is a crime against humanity. Nuclear weapons should be banned and eliminated without delay. Now is the time for us to join hands with citizens, local and national governments and the United Nations to open the door to a world without nuclear weapons.