Nonviolence

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To be visionaries of peace we need to be contemplatives of nonviolence, people who imagine the God of peace, who let God disarm our hearts, who allow the God of peace to show us the way to peace. As visionaries and contemplatives of peace, we can then become a prophetic people who not only denounce imperial violence as ungodly, immoral, and evil, but announce God's way of nonviolence, justice and peace. – John Dear, S.J.

Books: Nonviolence

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Tidings

By Ernst Wiechert

A concentration camp survivor, returning home to pick up the shards of his shattered life, finds his own healing and redemption inextricably entwined with that of his betrayer. Rediscover this classic in the tradition of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy.

Seeking Peace English

Seeking Peace

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Where can we find peace of heart and mind – with ourselves, with others, and with God? Arnold says there is such a peace, but it will demand a relentless pursuit kept up only by hope and courage, vision and commitment.

The Violence of Love English

The Violence of Love

By Oscar Romero

Three short years transformed Romero from a defender of the status quo into one of the church’s most outspoken voices of the oppressed. Though silenced by an assassin’s bullet, the challenge of his life lives on. Free .pdf, .prc, .epub and now audiobook.

Articles: Nonviolence

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What Was the White Rose?

In summer 1942, German university students Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell began secretly writing and distributing leaflets signed by “the White Rose,” calling themselves Germany’s “bad conscience.”

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Costly Forgiveness

By Michael Lapsley

“One day I received by mail an envelope with two religious magazines. When I opened it, the package exploded, destroying both my hands and one eye, shattering my eardrums, and inflicting many other injuries.”

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Will Bombing Bring Peace?

By Johann Christoph Arnold

A Plough author and Bruderhof pastor responds to Obama’s call for more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

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Was Bonhoeffer Willing to Kill?

By Charles E. Moore

A review of a new book, Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking questions the assumption that Bonhoeffer renounced pacifism.