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Evangelicals for Peace: Jesus at the Center of Peacemaking

All the hard work and planning has paid off, and the Evangelicals for Peace summit was a tremendous success! We had a phenomenal lineup of speakers and a packed room full of attendees. Peacemaking is a movement that is beginning to take hold, but what was specifically unique about this group is the focus on Jesus-centered peacemaking. Here's what participant Peter Sensenig had to say about the gathering and how Jesus is at the center of this kind of peacemaking.

What Role Does the Gospel Play in Peacemaking?

Do we do peacemaking simply as an avenue to share the Gospel with people, or does the very act of peacemaking glorify God in and of itself? This week we'd like to continue our video series from Rick Love's talk at the Society of Vineyard Scholars, and today he addresses the Gospel and the role it plays in the work of peacemaking.

Peacemaking Defined

What exactly is peacemaking? What's the difference between peacemaking and reconciliation? Are they the same thing? If you wonder about questions like this, Rick Love gives some answers in today's short video clip.

Evangelicals for Peace: A Leftist, Pacifist Plot or Jesus-Centered Conversation?

I laughed and then cringed when I read the title of Mark D. Tooley’s blog, “Evangelical Left Plots D.C. Pacifist Summit.” He was referring to the upcoming “Evangelicals for Peace” summit that I am organizing. Thank you Mark for raising concerns and giving me an opportunity to clarify what we hope to do.

Little Kingdom, Big Impact for Peace

Readers on this PCI website will no doubt know about the 2007 Common Word letter addressed to the Pope and all Christian leaders and originally signed by 138 of the world’s most respected Muslim scholars from all traditions. It was Rick Love who coordinated the conference at Yale University that provided a forum for Christian and Muslim scholars to discuss this historic document. What you may not know is the role played in this by Ghazi bin Muhammad, cousin to King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, small in both population and wealth, has had an inordinate amount of influence in the Muslim world during the first decade of this century.

Hate Crime Meets Love Rally: The Joplin Mosque Burning

I joined hundreds of people last Saturday night (August 25) at Landreth Park in Joplin, Missouri to show solidarity with Muslims whose mosque was recently burned to the ground. The Neighbors Joplin Mosque Rally was organized by 20 year-old Ozark Christian College student Ashley Carter. “We send a message to the world that we will not let anger or hate or ignorance or fear win,” she said. “Peace starts when we always respond in love. We are not going to let hatred win,” she added. “We are going to spread love with radical acts of kindness.”

Video: God's Blessing on Peacemakers

Our last video post was about the fact that God is a God of Peace and what that means for us as we work toward peace. Today, we bring you a video of Rick Love speaking to the Society of Vineyard scholars about what God's blessing is for those who are peacemakers

God of Peace: the Beginning and End of Human History

Earlier this week, we shared with you a video story of radical peacemaking in Nigeria. Today we share with you another video, this time about a vital foundation for the work we do at Peace Catalyst: the fact that God is a God of peace.

Pastor James and Imam Ashafa: Radical Peacemaking in Nigeria

In this video, PCI's Rick Love speaks to the Society of Vineyard Scholars, telling a story that we have been inspired by many times over. It is the story of a Christian pastor and a Muslim imam, in the midst of violence-ridden Nigeria, who find reconciliation and friendship with one another and now work together for peace between Christians and Muslims in their county. We hope this story will inspire you as it has us.

Free To Believe and Practice, Free Not To

Thanks to an email from Chris Seiple, president of the Institute for Global Engagement, I read what he was calling a landmark speech on religious freedom by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her speech was marking the State Department's release of the 2011 International Freedom of Religion Report, which opens with the words of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)...