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Push Back to Nonviolence

Dear Friends,         Push Back to Nonviolence

10/22 thru 11/9 I was in Oregon where I gave 13 talk/discussions in schools and churches, one of them in Spanish. As usual I got pushback each time where people expressed their questions about my proposal: To tell Isis we really want to talk and to show it we will stop bombing and instead drop humanitarian aid like tents, clothing, and medicine. The most common reservations were “I believe we could never talk to Isis. They are not reasonable.” My responses were something like this. “I have the same questions. But we might be very surprised. I think they may say, ‘Let’s see how serious they are.’ They too are created in the image of God. Then there is that within all of us to respond to love. “I don’t know for sure what they would say, but if not this then we need to try something else. We can always go back to bombing, which obviously just makes their support grow.” I always appreciated the pushback response, for it always brought out oth…

Push Back to Nonviolence

Jim's Peacemaking NewsletterView this email in your browserDear Friends,        Push Back to Nonviolence

10/22 thru 11/9 I was in Oregon where I gave 13 talk/discussions in schools and churches, one of them in Spanish. As usual I got pushback each time where people expressed their questions about my proposal: To tell Isis we really want to talk and to show it we will stop bombing and instead drop humanitarian aid like tents, clothing, and medicine. The most common reservations were “I believe we could never talk to Isis. They are not reasonable.” My responses were something like this. “I have the same questions. But we might be very surprised. I think they may say, ‘Let’s see how serious they are.’ They too are created in the image of God. Then there is that within all of us to respond to love. “I don’t know for sure what they would say, but if not this then we need to try something else. We can always go back to bombing, which obviously just makes their support grow.” I always ap…

Less both sides Forget God is Sovereign

Dear friends,                         Less both sides Forget God Rules in this Election!                                                                                                                                                                          “Sovereignty, God’s sovereignty, is one of the most difficult things for people of faith to live out in everyday routines. But we have no choice: God is Sovereign. God rules not only in our personal affairs but in the cosmos. Not only in our times and places of worship but in office buildings, political affairs, factories, universities, hospitals – yes, even behind the scenes in saloons and rock concerts. It’s a wild and extravagant notion, to besure. Butnothing in our Scriptures is attested to more frequently or emphatically.                                                                                                                                                                                   “Yet not much in our daily expe…

Muslims, Hispanics, Gays

Dear Friends,        Muslims, Hispanics, Gays “What similaries do to you see in the USA today and in your time growing up in Nazi Germany between 1928 and 1948?” Ask a brother at a sharing I attended. Franz Schneider answered. “What scares me is the signaling out certain groups like Muslims, Hispanics, and gays as the enemy as though they are the problem by a certain candidate. We were catholic we were on the list; fortunately no one turned us in. I had a brother for who the SST came to our house, arrested him and we never saw him again. I was homewhen it happened. Another thing is the one presidential candidate’s reluctances to say he will accept the outcome of the election if he loses. All these things happened under Hitler. I am fearful. Your country is in dangerous territory. At one point whole neighborhoods were leveled by the bombing. Many homes had cellars connected to the neighbors under the main houses, so when one was bombed you went to neighbor’s cellar. Many times we barely …

Voting for Trump

Voting for Donald, Particularly in Swing States, any vote for anyone other than Hilary (despite her many very negatives) is a vote for Donald Trump and his anti-Jesus hate and fear proposals like, closing doors to refugees,Nuclear bombing the Mideast, and anti-women, etc...
​Remember in Colombia the polls and media said 60% were for the peace agreement and they lost by .5%. could it happen here? Shalom to us all, Jim​