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Pentecostal and Holiness Statements on War and Peace

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by David Swartz

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft, a prominent advocate of the war in Iraq, wrote a song called “Let the Eagle Soar.” It was a deeply patriotic song, which included the following lyrics: “Like she’s never soared before, from rocky coast to golden shore, let the mighty eagle soar . . . Oh she’s far too young to die; You can see it in her eye; She’s not yet begun to fly.” In typical God-and-country fashion, Ashcroft sometimes sang the paean at morning prayer meetings at the Department of Justice.

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At the Lynching Tree

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by Sarah Withrow King

As the sun set and the wind picked up, we stood under this tree and held a memorial for four men who were lynched here. Beaten and hung. Murdered.

We dug soil from the ground that once absorbed their blood, and we prayed, wept, and sang. We remembered the mothers of the men and boys killed there in 1897 and thought of the mother of Jesus, who stood at the foot of the cross as her son was beaten and hung. Murdered.

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The Great and Holy Call

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by Faith Totushek

Why am I a peace and justice Charismatic Christian or a Holy Spirit Activist? I’ve pondered that for a few weeks and here is where my heart is. God’s people, right from the beginning, have been given a great and holy call to be agents of God and image God on the earth. So I will begin where the Bible begins, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
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Drones Kill Children: Let Us Pray

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by Nicole Morgan

Drone warfare has been utilized by the United States for almost 10 years now as part of the ongoing “War on Terror.” Statistics and details of deaths caused by drone warfare are not officially released by the US Government, but media organizations and others have been tracking the drone strikes in an effort to determine who is being killed. Heartbreakingly, many of the victims are children.

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The Best Revenge is Reconciliation

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by Kristyn Komarnicki

I had the enormous privilege today of hearing the radical Palestinian peacemaker Ali Abu Awwad speak at a synagogue  in Philadelphia.

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The Nonviolent Revolutionary

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by John Dear

Mahatma Gandhi considered Jesus the most active person of nonviolence in the history of the world. He was dismayed, however, that so few Christians understood or embraced Jesus’ nonviolence.

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Six Principles of Nonviolence

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by Martin Luther King, Jr.

1) Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.

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Ministry on the Borderline

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by Mayra Picos-Lee 

I am in Tijuana, Mexico, this week with Palmer Seminary students for our “Ministry on the Borderline” travel course, which focuses on immigration and the systems that propel undocumented immigration into the US (economic, social, etc.). We are being hosted by Raymond Schellinger, an American Baptist Church USA missionary who lives in Tijuana, and staying at Deborah’s House, a shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence. The students are learning about the systemic nature of violence in family, communities, and countries at large (especially in the relationship between the USA-Mexico as it is symbolized by the border fence).

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Prayer as an Act of Resistance

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by Derek Minno Bloom

As a teenager, I was politicized around issues of poverty, oppression, racism, etc. I felt the church I was involved in focused too much on prayer and not enough on action. Some Christians talked a lot about hope, but not much about making those hopes a reality; they launched many campaigns based on charity, but few based on solidarity.

I attended the Anarchy and Christianity Conference in Champaign-Urbana in 2006, where issues of race and anarcho-primitivism were the main topics. Towards the end of the gathering I asked if people wanted to pray as an act of resistance. We prayed for God’s hand of justice to fall upon the world. I believed that others as well as ourselves could be liberated from the chains of patriarchy, racism, and war because of our prayers.

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Why I as an Activist Love the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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by Micael Grenholm

The Pentecostal and charismatic movements have a bad reputation among Christian anarchists and activists. There are too many examples of healing evangelists who control the masses through manipulation and hysteria, with promises of supernatural encounters only to gain money and status for themselves. Furthermore, many Pentecostals and charismatics support nationalism, war, discrimination and inequalities. They bless the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, they preach a prosperity gospel where strong faith leads to great wealth, they deny climate change and don’t care about the environment.

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