Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Nonviolence in Christian History
3 November 2021 |
Over the centuries, Christians have tried to fulfill Jesus’ words: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” We all want peace, but not just any peace—we want a peace in which we can live and thrive. How do we get a peace which is also just?
In the 2,000 years since the sermon on the mount, martyrs, marches, politics, and peace armies (yes, armies) have all been tools for peace. In this Sabbath Seminar, we’ll look at the history of Christian peacemakers and peace movements. From Tertullian to the Anabaptists, from William Jennings Bryan to Martin Luther King Jr., we’ll examine their theology and their fates.
And we’ll consider the task of peacemaking in an unjust world today.
Laura Wibberding is Assistant Professor of Theology, History, and Psych/Social Work at Pacific Union College.
Gina Jett is an attorney in Sacramento, California.
How to join:
WATCH THE PRESENTATION HERE.
ATSS starting time depends on where you are. If you’re on the west coast of the United States, it’ll be 10:30 AM. On the east coast, 1:30 PM.
Times around the world:
- Reykjavík: 5:30 PM
- College Place: 10:30 AM
- Lincoln: 12:30 PM
- Denver: 11:30 AM
- Bracknell: 6:30 PM
- Loma Linda: 10:30 AM
- Nairobi: 8:30 PM
- Gackle: 12:30 PM
- Hosur: 11:00 PM
- Waco: 12:30 PM
- Tulsa: 12:30 PM
- Helsinki: 8:30 PM
- Stockholm: 7:30 PM
- Hamburg: 7:30 PM
- Cape Town: 7:30 PM
- Madrid: 7:30 PM
- Paris: 7:30 PM
- Honolulu: 7:30 AM
- Cooranbong: 4:30 AM (Sunday)
- Perth: 1:30 AM (Sunday)
The class is intended to last about 2 hours, though the conversation often continues to 4 PM.
About our class:
- The AT Sabbath Seminar is intended to be a courteous forum. We discuss and ask questions politely. We don’t accuse, get angry, or put people down.
- Stick to the topic in both comments and chat discussion.
- Make your comments and questions short—don’t dominate.
- Keep your microphones muted unless you are called upon to make your comment or ask your question.
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- If it should happen that we are attacked so that we have to stop the meeting, we’ll quickly post a new meeting link on our AT Facebook page.
We look forward to getting acquainted with you!
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