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Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Books Not Bombs to the Middle East

Faithful America, the online peacemaking program of the National Council of Churches, USA,
is launching a campaign through Church World Service to buy school supplies for Lebanese children. School as it has previously been known will probably not resume for Lebanese children for some time, but Church World Service is partnering with the Middle East Council of Churches to give as much a semblance of sanity and order to these children’s lives as possible. (I only hope for similar campaigns for the children of the Gaza Strip who are continuing to suffer while global attention is focused on Lebanon.) While this may seem like a small action amidst the spiral of violence, I believe all creative campaigns like this should be supported. These are “creative transforming initiatives” for peace as my mentor, Glen Stassen is fond of saying. You can read more about the program
and take action to support it here: http://www.faithfulamerica.org/article.php?id=78
and, if you have an mp3 player, you can listen to the conversation between Faithful America’s Vince Isner and Aline Papazian, a Lebanese relief worker with the Middle East Council of Churches here: http://www.cyprop.com/faithfulamerica/alinecall.mp3 .

Dear God who blesses peacemakers and not warriors, help us find ways to be peacemakers, now.

August 4, 2006 - Posted by | books, peacemaking

6 Comments

  1. Love your site, thank you. I agree with everything you say.
    Peace,
    Lydia Cornell.com

    Comment by Lydia Cornell | August 4, 2006

  2. Wow! I may frame that remark. Not even my wife (or is that “especially”) ever said she agreed with everything I say. Hmm. Now, I wonder if I dare change my mind on anything, Lydia!

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 4, 2006

  3. Campus Crusade for Christ International has been doing similiar projects in Iraq to take advantage of some open doors that were previously closed. For example…

    Iraq update

    More news from Iraq…

    Comment by Roger | August 4, 2006

  4. Here’s more info I found:

    Bags of Blessing in Lebanon

    Comment by Roger | August 4, 2006

  5. The difference is that Church World Service is partnering with the Middle East Council of Churches. That way they don’t look like outsiders coming in first to hurt and then help people, but partner with folks who are known and considered “one of us.” I would certainly not send any money or anything to the Middle East through an organization with the word “CRUSADE” in the title! Don’t you realize that Middle Eastern memories are very long and that they ALREADY consider Americans and Christians to be modern “crusaders,” just like the ones who invaded from Europe and killed so many during the Middle Ages?

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 4, 2006

  6. >Don’t you realize that Middle Eastern memories are very long and that they ALREADY consider Americans and Christians to be modern “crusaders,” just like the ones who invaded from Europe and killed so many during the Middle Ages?

    The proof is in the reality of the situation. CCCI is not going over there on horseback in full armor to take something. They’re showing up with much needed goods to give in the name of Christ. That sort of ‘crusade’ I’ll happily support. If you’re starving – are you concerned with what organization brings you food? No, you just need food. Your fears are unwarranted. Look and see what kind of reaction CCCI gets over there.

    Comment by Roger | August 4, 2006


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