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Thursday, May 8, 2008

More from Paul Rasor on 'prophetic nonviolence.'

Paul Rasor's longer essay, "Beyond Just War and Pacifism: Toward a Unitarian Universalist Theology of Prophetic Nonviolence" — from which his UU World essay "Prophetic Nonviolence" was adapted — has now been published in the Journal of Liberal Religion [pdf].

There's also a ton of material related to the congregational study/action issue on peacemaking at UUWiki. And, if you're truly dedicated to following this topic, you can listen to Paul Rasor talk with Meadville Lombard ethicist Sharon Welch and University of Colorado peace studies professor Ira Chernus [mp3]. I did, and I think it's cool that KGNU "Connections" host and UU layperson Kathy Partridge hosted the conversation — but I have to say that three smart people who agree on just about everything make for a very dull hour. It would have been more interesting if the three scholars sharpened their disagreements enough so that listeners could grasp that they are making somewhat different arguments.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 8 May 2008 at 10:03 PM

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Tina Porter:

May 9, 2008 10:25 AM | Permalink for this comment

The web version will be taken down until formatting is complete. I will keep the pdf available and will let you know when the web version is fully formatted.

Tina Porter
Director of Communications
Meadville Lombard Theological School

Tina Porter:

May 9, 2008 10:29 AM | Permalink for this comment

If you could remove the link above until that version is formatted, I'd be grateful. Thanks [Done! —Philo]

Bill Baar:

May 11, 2008 11:39 AM | Permalink for this comment

It's good to see someone break from the Just War vs Pacifism poles.

The real questions though are these: does Peace trump Social Justice? Are there things worse than War? Do we value Peace at the expense of injustice?

If Peace is secondary to seeking Justice, then the rest of the debate is just calibrating when to wage war...establishing the criteria for violent coercion.

Ron Robinson:

June 5, 2008 12:36 AM | Permalink for this comment

Speaking on these issues at General Assembly this year Sunday, June 29, at 1:30 p.m. will be Father John Dear, noted peace activist, author, priest, documentary subject, in a program brought to you by the UU Christian Fellowship and the Planning Commission. Hope to see all there who will be coming to GA. His lecture will be titled "Peacemaking and the Questions of Jesus". More info on his talk and all GA activities at and

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