Christian Nonviolence & the next gen

originally posted at backyardmissionary.com by Jarrod McKenna Can we separate living the gospel from sharing it? Evangelism from the invitation to follow Jesus? Last night I arrived back from a country tour with ‘Empowering Peacemakers’ (or EPYC) inviting High School…

Don’t miss this ‘Peacemaking Crim’

Our mate Ciaron O’Reilly is about to rock Melbourne. “Ciaron O’Reilly is a devout Brisbane-born Christian pacifist. In a life dedicated to protest, he’s been jailed for disarming warplanes, dismantling uranium mining machinery and performing exorcisms of warships. To some he’s…

sharing the love

Hamo from backyardmissionary.com has bravely invited me to hijack his blog occasionally (click here) with provocations of love, questions of grace and rants of a recovering sinner seeking to relate to myself, my neighbour, my enemy and all of creation…

Beauty’s victory

My beautiful Teresa teaches me so much about prayer, life, nonviolence and following the One who has conquered not with tanks rolling in but with a towel washing feet. The other day I found myself telling my friend Ian Barns that…

Gandhi “go ye”

  Wednesday’s with Gandhi:“May it not be that “Go ye unto all the world’ message has been somewhat narrowly interpreted and the spirit of it missed? It will not be denied, I speak from experience, that many of the conversions…

MLK’s conversion to Christ’s limitless love

  Martin Luther King Jr. wrote that in studying Gandhi;“My scepticism concerning the power of love gradually diminished… prior to reading Gandhi, I had about concluded that the ethics of Jesus were only effective in individual relationships… but after reading…

Carole Powell’s court sentencing statement

Statement given on 2 August 2007 Your honour, before sentencing me I would ask you to take into consideration that I have been working as a nurse for 33 years. A role that helps to heal and save lives. A…

Powerful peace testimonies

The Talisman Sabre wargames sparked some powerful nonviolent protest. Out of that, two statements testify to the power of faith in nonviolence in a world of near-total war. These could easily be used as opening or closing meditations for Pace…

Avoiding the post-lunch lull

Gill and I facilitated a very rewarding day-long Engage introduction program on the Central Coast on Saturday. The feedback at the end was positive about the mix of standing & sitting, high-energy & personal reflection, etc. One person commented that…

King and Jesus

I came across a great article today about Martin Luther King Jr and Jesus as prophets of nonviolence. Quoting Rev James Lawson, himself a great hero of the US Civil Rights movement, Ched Myers says “If you want to understand…