Creating a Culture of Peace

I’m attending the Summer Institute for Faculty in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

My reflections center on how to promote peacebuilding within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In our education, we need to encourage examination of the church’s heritage of noncombatancy, and its work in religious liberty, health and development.

We should place this in the context of the parts of our mission statement that say:

Affirming the biblical principles of the well-being of the whole person, we make healthful living and the healing of the sick a priority and through our ministry to the poor and oppressed, cooperate with the Creator in His compassionate work of restoration.

Following the example of Jesus we commit ourselves to humble service, ministering to individuals and populations most affected by poverty, tragedy, hopelessness, and disease.

We should promote reception of the 2002 statement, “A Call for Peace,” which called for the creation of a “Culture of Peace Through Education.”

Create an Adventist Peacebuilding Network, including ADRA, Departments of Education, Youth, Health, PARL, and ACM, universities, along with Adventist Peace Fellowship.