Revised October 2021
We are given the peace of Christ in order to be the peace of Christ in our world today. But the peace that flows from the crucified Christ is strikingly different from our customary understandings of peace. We often think of peace as little more than the absence of conflict. Or we equate peace with the fragile tranquility that results when we agree to tolerate most anything or simply leave one another alone. Christ’s peace, however, is defined not by the absence of conflict, but by the presence of a people committed to embodying the reconciling love of God in the world.
Nonviolence not only offers us tools for protecting the environment, but environmental degradation is itself a form of violence, and care for our common home is an integral element of Gospel nonviolence. In this webinar, Dan Moriarty of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns is joined by Bolivian theologian Tania Avila Meneses to explore some of the theological roots of this perspective, including those drawn from indigenous cosmovisions. Tania also co-authored this article, Indigenous Wisdom, for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns' "One Amazon, Many Voices" series in anticipation of the Synod of the Amazon.
Watch the webinar here
rtin Newell has previously spent time in prison after activism with the Plowshares movement, a Christian pacifist and nuclear disarmament group. Martin talks about peace-making and why taking action that can lead to a prison sentence is an appropriate and faithful thing for Christians to do in times of crisis. In the second part, we hear further reflections from Martin on the biblical rationale for risking prison time, and hear from him and some friends about real lived experiences of (brief) prison sentences. Each segment is approximately 30 minutes.
Watch Part 1 - https://youtu.be/h8HZLdX4EtQ
Watch Part 2 - https://youtu.be/v_iyBnhXeJQ
Photo © Sean Hawkey / WCC
"Sowing peace is holiness, and, as such, it is a sacred undertaking. For those who continue to craft peace, they begin to understand that while they may be working on behalf of someone else, the work they do is transforming their hearts and minds. This transformation deepens their experience of and expression of holiness."
Read David's whole essay, Blessed are the Peacemakers here.
This essay was taken from the Fall issue of Passionist Magazine. You can see the whole issue here.
The Crucified God and the Nonviolent Passion of Jesus: The Most Overwhelming Work of God’s Love? by Martin Newell CP
This is an adapted version of a talk given by Martin Newell CP for the Birmingham Diocese Catholic Justice and Peace Lent Retreat, 2019.
The talk included several great video links, so we are linking directly to Martin's blog here.