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A Season of Peace: October 4, World Communion Sunday

Practicing Holistic Peace  Holistic Peace  Henry Koenig Stone  Philippians 4:9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. (NRSV) Reflection: As we reach World Communion Sunday, a time each year when we try to connect with Christians… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, October 3

Rooting for China  Peace in the World  Randall Stone  Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (NRSV)  Reflection: To many, China has become a disquieting word within American political and economic discourse. Pundits and politicians worry about the time, coming soon, when the U.S. economy will no longer… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, October 2

Liberty and Justice for All  Peace in the World  Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle Amos 5:23-24  “Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” (NRSV) Reflection: I am reflecting on justice, long… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, October 1

Peacemaking Demands Justice, Not Domination  Peace in the World  Ron Stone  Luke 14:31–2; 19:41–2 “Or what King, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able … to oppose the one who comes against him … ? If he cannot, then, while the other is… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 30

Let Peace and Justice Begin with Us  Peace in the World  Rev. Michael Neuroth  Psalm 85:10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. (NRSV) Reflection: One of my most cherished memories from my childhood is standing at the piano, singing with my grandmother. Usually my uncle would be at… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 29

Building Peace, Not “Peacekeepers”  Peace in the World  Rev. Dr. Ruby Wilson  Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Reflection: The peace of God is nothing like the peace that the world understands and gives. Jesus told his disciples, “Peace I leave… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 28

Courageous Peacemaking  Peace in the World  Gay Harter Hebrews 13:1–2  Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some have entertained angels without knowing it. Reflection: In the 1990s I was the director of a small nonprofit organization that supported asylum seekers who were detained by the… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 27

Eyes That Open to New Paths for Peace  Peace in the World  Henry Koenig Stone  Psalm 2:1–3  Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 26

  On Being Open and Affirming Peace in Community  Rev. Jason Boyd Micah 6:6a, 8  “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? … [God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 25

Revisiting Prison Peace in Community Adam Stone Matthew 25:37–40 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?… Read more »