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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Summer 2014, "Let Peace Begin With Me"
The eighth of the ten core values of the Brethren in Christ Church is “pursuing peace.” It reads: “We value all human life, and promote understanding, forgiveness, reconciliation, and nonviolent resolution of conflict.” In our current context of polarization, divisiveness, meanspiritedness, and serious and deadly conflicts of all kinds, this value speaks of the possibilities for something different. What if more people practiced this core value every day? What if we were so committed to valuing all human life, and to understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation that we refused to allow the conflict to degenerate into violence – whether the violence of angry words and character assassination or the violence of guns and bombs? What might happen if more of us lived by this core value? This edition of Shalom! explores how we all can be instruments of peace and let peace begin with each of us individually.