ELCA Social Statements and Messages:
For Peace in God’s World
Living in a Time of Terrorism
Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Caring for Creation: Vision Hope and Justice
Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture
Books: Recently Release!
War, Peace and God: Rethinking the Just-War Tradition by Gary M. Simpson
What is a "just war"? Can Lutheran congregations be peace churches and be within the just war tradition? These issues are addressed and explored in this timely resource. Includes questions for reflection and discussion.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The story of a man’s journey “from a failed attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully building schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Walking Jesus’ Path of Peace by Rosalyn Falcón Collier (Author); Ann E. Helmke (Author); Laura R. Holck (Author); Susan Ives (Author); Sarah E. Roemer (Author); Walter Wink (Author of the Foreword)
Is it possible to live faithfully in a violent world? Can we create a culture of peace and nonviolence? Use this five-session guide for Christian ed classes, families or small groups to explore answers to these question, find out what Jesus did to break the cycle of violence and what we can do today to be living prayers for peace.
Other Print Resources:
The Congregation’s Responsibility to Address Bullying
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This article addresses how congregations can deal with bullying behavior in their midst. In addition to describing what bullying is and discussing the role of bystanders in incidences of bullying, it gives practical tips for how congregations can address bullying and refers to additional resources which can also be of help. This resource is reprinted from Seeds for the Parish by permission of ELCA Communication Services. Downloadable in pdf format.
Decade for a Culture of Nonviolence Brochure
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This brochure introduces the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence and gives ideas for ways that you can build a culture of peace at home, work, and school. It introduces the "Decade" and lists additional places to look for information and resources. Downloadable in pdf format.
Pledge of Nonviolence
Developed in 1996 by the Families Against Violence Advocacy Network (FAVAN), the pledge was designed to help families live the Gospel daily, faithfully and effectively in the face of violence. FAVAN felt that in living the Pledge, peoples lives would become part of the solution to violence. The Pledge is available in several versions (for families, schools, prisons, congregations, youth, etc.) and thirteen languages.