What is a “Peace Church?”

Is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) now being called to become a “peace church,” not simply opposing particular wars but affirming nonviolence as a basic orientation toward conflict in our daily lives, in our communities, and in our world?

If so, what would the implications of such a stance be for those in the military, those in military industries, and for our witness in society?

This question is part of a brief study of Christian and Presbyterian positions on war, peace, and nonviolence. The study is part of the Peace Discernment Interim Report, which also contains information about the discernment process itself.

Thank you for joining the community of Presbyterians exploring current matters of peace and violence in light of the witness of Jesus Christ. We invite you to share further thoughts in response to one, two – or all twenty – of the questions posed in the interim peace discernment report.

The multi-year process was prompted by overtures from 8 presbyteries calling for a re-visioning and re-invigoration of the church’s peace witness. The more thoughtful input received from congregations and individuals, the more meaningful this process will be for the church!

Tell us what you think in a paragraph or two. Unbound will publish some of the responses later this spring.

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