What is Peace? & The Quaker Testimony of Peacemaking

This month we will be discussing the question what is peace? As Quakers we have a long history of the faithful being deeply concerned with this question and many Quakers who have gone before us have sought to live lives that were not only peaceful, but sought to make peace in the world. This question is as relevant today as ever and so we will turn our attention, our imaginations, our prayers, and the pages of history and the Bible to look at “What is Peace?” for us as the church and Quakers in Camas.

Here is a sketch of what we will cover this month:

  • January 3, 2009 – The Quaker Testimony of Peacemaking (Following the Greatest Commandment)
  • January 10, 2009 – Transforming, rather than Being Transformed (Competing Narratives)
  • January 17, 2009 – Hospitality in a Hostile World (Peace with Friends and Family)
  • January 24, 2009 – Peace and the Alternative Community of the Church
  • January 31, 2009 – Peace in Our Nation and World (Guest Speaker Cherice Bock)

If you’re interested in following along in the daily reader here is a link to a .pdf of the booklet, otherwise you can pick one up this Sunday.

This Sunday we will look at the development of the Quaker testimony of peace.

Text:

“One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.” (Mark 12:28-34)

Queries:

  • What is peace?
  • Have you loved your neighbor as yourself?
  • How is love for God connected to love for others?