Journal from Jamaica – May 21, 2011

It can’t be easy to take care of almost a thousand international guests, with so many different needs and expectations. Even at the most chaotic times, such as yesterday afternoon when hundreds of people were trying to get their sack lunches for the Peace Concert, and the cafeteria staff were trying to make sure the right people got the right lunch boxes, no one was taking their stress or anxiety out on anyone else. The attendant at the women’s restroom tent exemplifies this attitude. She keeps 10-plus porta potties clean, maintain the hand washing station, soap, and towels, and even watches our belongings when we come in loaded with bags and umbrellas. And she’s always cheerful and friendly.

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Peace Among the Peoples’ is Subject for Fourth Plenary Panel

“We are invited as Christians to see working for peace at every level of society as an act of discipleship,” said Lesley Anderson as he opened the fourth plenary panel discussion of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) on the theme, “Peace among the Peoples.” “The question is, how?” Panel moderator Kjell Magne Bondevik, a […]

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Hard Hitting Panel Discussion Critiques World Economic System

Can the market sow peace and security? Or does our worldwide economic system inevitably exclude the poor and have nots? These were the two crucial questions posed to a panel during a hard-hitting plenary session, talk-show style, on May 21. “Peace in the Marketplace” was the theme for the day at the International Ecumenical Peace […]

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Enns Speaks About the Peace Church Contribution to the Decade to Overcome Violence

Fernando Enns (right) speaks with Brethren and Quaker representatives to the peace convocation. Shown above, Robert C. Johansen and Ruthann Knechel Johansen (from left) discuss how the final message from the IEPC will be formulated. Enns serves as moderator of the planning committee for the IEPC and is a consultant to the message committee, as […]

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Mennonite Ecumenical Leader Speaks About Peace Church Contribution to Decade to Overcome Violence

One of the results of the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) has been the full inclusion of peace churches in the ecumenical family of the World Council of Churches, asserts Fernando Enns. Interviewed in the Peace Convocation meeting tent after opening worship this morning, Enns reviewed the role of the Historic Peace Churches (Church of the Brethren, Mennonites, and Quakers) in the Decade, and commented on what he sees as a major shift in attitude toward the Gospel of Peace by many other churches.

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Daily Themes Highlight Peace in the Community, Peace with the Earth

Participants received colorful ribbons as they entered the plenary session on Thursday morning. The ribbons were printed with different commitments to peace and justice. At the close of the plenary, the moderator invited people to exchange ribbons with their neighbors. Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford The four themes of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation each are […]

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