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About the book

For the Peace of the World seeks answers questions of international relations and provides a resource for further reflection. The study guide weaves together many strands of Christian faith that would inform the discussion of current events. It is meant to be the centerpiece of a larger, long-term conversation that, as a nation, and as people of faith within this nation, we will have for many years to come.

The revised draft of the curriculum was written by Dr. Peggy L. Shriver, in consultation with Dr. Donald Shriver. Dr. Janice Love wrote the accompanying essay, "Multilateralism: Faithful Reflection on International Relations." Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick and Rev. Dr. William H. Hopper Jr. wrote the "Biblical Foundations for International Policy" material.

The initial draft of this curriculum was field tested in several congregations from the Protestant and Orthodox traditions. This draft was rewritten based upon the results of the field tests. The entire project has been funded so far by generous grants from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and theTides Foundation.

The project was developed at the National Council of Churches USA by Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, Deputy General Secretary for Research and Planning. The field test of the curriculum was conducted by Rev. Lindner and Rev. Marcel Welty, Assistant Director for Research and Planning.

Along with Rev. Lindner and Rev. Welty, an Advisory Committee, composed of leaders and other senior representatives of member communions of the National Council of Churches USA and related organizations, guides the implementation of this project. Members of this advisory committee include:

  • Bishop Mvume Dandala, General Secretary of the All Africa Council
    of Churches (Co-Chair)
  • Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of the Canadian Council
    of Churches (Co-Chair)
  • Rev. Dr. Thelma Chambers-Young, Minister in the Progressive
    National Baptist Convention, Inc.
  • Rev. Peg Chemberlin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council
    of Churches
  • Rev. Dr. William Christopher Hobgood, General Minister and
    President of the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ
  • Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian
    Church U.S.A.
  • Dr. Janice Love, Chief Executive of the Women’s Division of the
    United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, Director of the Religious Education
    Department of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • Mr. Bishoy Mikhail, Ecumenical Officer of the CopticOrthodox
    Church in North America
  • Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Associate Director of the Institute on
    Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University
  • Dr. Jane Smith, Co-Director of the Duncan Black MacDonald Center for
    the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary
  • Ms. Rajashry Waghray, Director of the Education and Advocacy
    Program of Church World Service
  • Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Zikmund, Past President of Hartford
    Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Associate General Secretary for
    International Affairs and Peace National Council of Churches USA


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