Today we are launching our invitation to Christian activists to sign our pledge to take part in non-violent direct action.
“Guided by the teaching and practice of Jesus, motivated by my faith in God, I pledge to take part in non-violent direct action, in response to God’s call to social justice, peace and protection of the integrity of creation.”
We are hoping to encourage at least 50 people to sign the pledge by the time of the official launch of the network in July 2017. We hope this will raise the profile of the network and Christians engaged in non-violent direct action.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sign the pledge and become involved in the network.
January 5th 2017
As a lifelong Catholic, engaged in justice and peace for most of my adult life, it was with great joy that I heard the Pope would be using message for World Peace Day to discuss nonviolence.
There is so much to cherish in the Pope’s wise words. His understanding of the damage violence does, and his recognition of the powerful nature of nonviolent direct action, citing the examples of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the less well known but equally important Leymah Gbowee and other Liberian women.
‘Such efforts on behalf of the victims of injustice and violence are not the legacy of the Catholic Church alone, but are typical of many religious traditions, for which “compassion and nonviolence are essential elements pointing to the way of life”. I emphatically reaffirm that “no religion is terrorist”. Violence profanes the name of God. Let us never tire of repeating: “The name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone is holy. Peace alone is holy, not war!”.
Indeed. A welcome start to 2017 and a huge inspiration for all of us engaged in working for peace.