Shalom

Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.

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Current Issue

Summer 2017, "We Value All Human Life"
The first words of the Brethren in Christ “pursuing peace” core value are among the most challenging in the whole set of ten core values: “We value all human life.” In the chapter on “Pursuing Peace” for the book, Focusing our Faith, the challenge is described this way: "Do we really mean all human life—the murderer on death row; the ruthless dictator who massacres his own citizens while amassing great personal wealth; the unborn baby conceived by a rape; the homeless alcoholic who won’t accept help; the nasty co-worker who is always criticizing? Surely there are limits! We haven’t allowed ourselves any escape clauses, however." There are other difficult questions: When does human life begin, and when does it end? Who decides and how? Are the lives of thousands of innocent people more important than the life of one person intent on doing despicable harm? Can we call ourselves pro-life if we limit the meaning of the term to being against abortion; on the other hand, can we call ourselves pro-life if we tend to minimize or hold as less important the lives of unborn babies? How can we find common ground on what have become some of the most intractable issues of our day? This edition of Shalom! addresses what it means to value all human life. From the unborn baby to the person on death row, to those who require controversial medical interventions, need friendship rather than condemnation, or may become casualties of war and violence—all are of infinite value and worth to God.

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