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"Did you know that Pentecostal denominations have not always been militaristic?"
That's a question posed on Jay Beaman's Pentecostal and Holiness Pacifism website, a site "dedicated to the history of Pentecostal and Holiness Pacifism and related topics."
Beaman's site claims that between 5-10% of all conscientious objectors in the United States during World War I were "Pentecostals or
Itamar Shapira is a former soldier in the Israeli army. Today he is a refusenik and a member of Combatants for Peace.
During his service, he says he received an order to shoot an unarmed person.
Marina Cantacuzino of The Forgiveness Project wants to interview him hoping his story will inspire others. But he is weary of telling his story for five years, and is suspicious of yet another foreigner using his story, writes Cantacuzino in her blog at the Huffington Post.
"The only reason to tell a painful story is if there's a clear motivation to help others; if not it just re-traumatizes," she observes. "Itamar suggests that I look up his story on the internet and when I get back to the hotel I do just that."
Rahim Musa, a 23 year-old Palistinian law student once plotted to kill Israeli soldiers at a check point. She was 15 years old at the time.
"The soldiers, believing her to be strapped with explosives, starting firing and she took a direct hit in her stomach. Riham ended up serving a ten-month prison sentence, spending some of that time in hospital having two operations. Her decision to support a non-violent approach grew out of this traumatic event. 'I believe violence breeds violence and there's no choice now for me other than to find another way,' she declares."
Patrick Hart, 36, came to Canada in 2005 when he couldn't face another deployment to Iraq.
Though some believe Hart is a traitor, he has no regrets. "I've bled for my country, I've sweated for my country, I've cried myself to sleep for my country — which is a lot more than some people who are passing judgment on me have done," he says.
He and other war resistors - though ready to face the consequences should they be deported - are hoping a new bill - C-440 in the Canadian Parliament - will allow them to stay.
Canada's conservative government has been less welcoming of war resistors than previous governments, says a May 24, 2010 article in USA Today.
The War Resistors Support Campaign was founded online when Jeremy Hinzman, an Army paratrooper, deserted and came to Canada in 2004.
The Meeting House church has started a 7-session study on Anabaptism, entitled “Inglorious Pastors: Waging Peace in a World of War.”
"In the sixteenth century a renegade group of Christian leaders rebelled against their own religion. These dissenters called for the church to separate from the state and to reject all forms of violence. They waged their war with weapons of peace, and many died for their radical cause of calling Christians back to the way of Christ. Known as 'Anabaptists”' they dared to think that Jesus should be taken seriously when he taught his followers to turn the other cheek, love their enemies, and do good to those who hate them."
- from The Meeting House site
New research by Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth (HT to Rose Marie Berger writing for Sojourners in the US) on how nonviolence seems more successful than violent strategies in challenging regimes.
The study challenges the conventional wisdom that violent resistance against conventionally superior adversaries is the most effective way for resistance groups to achieve policy goals.
“Peace Among the Peoples: Overcoming the Logic, Spirit and and Practice of Violence” is an ecumenical peace conference hosted by Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana July 28-31, 2010. Inspired by the World Council of Churches’ Decade to Overcome Violence, the conference will bring together Christians of many persuasions in a focus on contemporary North American responses to war and violence.
Canada's War Resisters Support Campaign recently announced that Bill C-440 will receive second reading on May 25, 2010. Bill C-440 is a private member’s bill moved by MP Gerard Kennedy and seconded by MP Bill Siksay. If the bill eventually passes 3rd reading and becomes law, it would allow U.S. war resisters to remain in Canada and to apply for permanent residency.
– by Rami Elhanan on the eve of Alternative Remembrance Day of Fighter Combatants for Peace.
Shalom and good evening.
My name is Rami Elhanan. Thirteen years ago, on the afternoon of Thursday the fourth of September 1997, I lost my daughter, my Smadar, in a suicide attack on Ben-Yehuda street in Jerusalem. A beautiful sweet joyous 14 year old girl. My Smadar was the granddaughter of the militants for peace, General (Ret.) Matti Peled, one of those who made the breakthrough to Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. And she was murdered because we were not wise enough to preserve her safety in Matti’s way, the only correct and possible way – the way of peace and reconciliation.
Floradale Mennonite Church (Ontario) will present "Those Peace Shoes" a play/dinner theatre production about a sister and brother who act for peace in different ways, from April 9 - 11.
The congregation will used the event as a fundraiser to help settle a Palestinian refugee family in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.