I think I am (becoming) a pacifist

Or  more accurately: I believe in non-violent engagement towards conflict resolution.

Special thanks to:

Carol Lakey Hess, Walter Wink, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Abuna Elias Chacour, Parker Palmer (and all the Quakers)

More on this later or in person.

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3 responses to “I think I am (becoming) a pacifist

  1. travis

    Does one get congratulated one becoming a pacifist? I think so. Congrats. Hauerwas has been a big shaper of my somewhat reluctant pacifism. Also a lot of Bonhoeffer and thinking about his dilemma. I hope to hear more about this later, preferably in person. Yep.

  2. I am a big fan of Walter Wink. Richard Rohr is also great in this category. And Abuna Chacour has fellows in
    16 countries, many of whom are featured in the book
    Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution. The becoming is a worthy and interesting process, for sure.

  3. Thanks for differentiating between pacifist and non-violent. We get sucked into pacifism – it is much easy to say -, but that is not what most people are like and I would argue that isn’t healthy to be pacifist.

    I understand that most people who are pacifist really are non-violent. I just like we they properly classify themselves.

    I can’t say I am non-violent – which doesn’t in turn make me violent -, but I do believe that we resort to violence much, much too soon. For me I struggle, when controlled physical violence is validly used to defend someone I struggle with not utilizing it.

    Also do we narrowly define violence? I think often we do. Violence is more than physical it is economic, emotional, social etc. I would rather be punched in the face than called an N-word

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