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New York, June 20, 2011 -- An adaptation of an ecumenical study paper on war is now available as a study guide for congregations.
The guide, "Christian Understanding of War in an Age of Terror(ism)," is based on a paper developed for the 2011 Ecumenical Centennial Gathering of the National Council of Churches and Church World Service held in November in New Orleans.
"What was clear from the gathering was that this is a conversation that couldnít just be held in New Orleans alone," said Jordan Blevins, Ecumenical Peace Coordinator for the NCC. "We had to create a way for this conversation to happen in every congregation open to it."
The paper, with study guide attached, is available for download at: http://www.brethren.org/peace/nccdownloads.html
Through a writing team consisting of Kathleen Kern of Mennonite Church, USA, Liz Bidgood-Enders of the Church of the Brethren, Scott Thayer of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Rachel Stacy of the Religious Society of Friends, a four-part congregational study guide was added to provide congregations with a tool for engaging the paper.
The introduction to the study guide stresses the need for churches to continue the conversation about war and a just peace, "that we, as the church, continue to talk with one another about what it means to witness to Christís peace to our world. That we might ground ourselves in the historical conversations, understand where the ecumenical conversation among the churches is now, and seek direction for where the church ecumenical is headed."
The original paper was one of five studies included in the agenda of the ecumenical gathering in New Orleans.
Christian Understanding of Unity in an Age of Radical Diversity
Christian Understanding of Mission in an Age of Interfaith Relations
Christian Understanding of Creation in an Age of Environmental Crisis
Christian Understanding of the Economy in an Age of Growing Inequality
These papers are study documents, not position papers. In their assessments of the past, acknowledgement of the present, and vision of the future, each paper in the series seeks to draw on the common heritage which Christians and their churches share found in scripture and tradition.
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