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

Index of Posts on the Practices of Just Peacemaking

10 Practices of Just Peacemaking

JPT Practice # 1: Support Nonviolent Direct Action

JPT Practice #2: Take Independent Initiatives to Reduce Threats

JPT Practice # 3: Use Conflict Resolution Methods

JPT Practice #4: Acknowledge Responsibility/Seek Repentance, Forgiveness

JPT Practice #5:  Advance Democracy, Human Rights, Religious Liberty

JPT Practice #6:  Foster Just & Sustainable Economic Development

JPT Practice #7:  Work with Emerging Forces of Cooperation in the International System 

JPT Practice # 8:  Strengthen the United Nations & Other Global Efforts for Human Rights/Cooperation

JPT Practice # 9:  Reduce/Eliminate Offensive Weapons & the Weapons Trade

JPT Practice # 10:  Encourage Grassroots Peacemaking Groups & Voluntary Associations

July 16, 2008 - Posted by | just peacemaking, peacemaking, Uncategorized


  1. You say that the International Criminal Court needs to be strengthened. Will the UN need to use violence or force to enforce its will? I mean, if our participation in the court is completely voluntary, then it’s kind of meaningless, right?

    Comment by James Pate | July 16, 2008

  2. James, quit trying to give me “gotcha” questions. These are not my personal views. These are the 10 practices of a consensus of scholars endorsing Just Peacemaking. Some of those scholars are pacifists, but the majority are not–they are just war theorists. I do not know if all enforcement mechanisms have been worked out.

    The questions between pacifists and just war theorists have centered on “when, if ever, is it morally justifiable to make war?” The practices of Just Peacemaking focus, instead, on what will make a more just and peaceful world. It’s a new ethical paradigm and still in early stages of development.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | July 17, 2008

  3. It’s just that Nicolae Carpathia’s global community (in Left Behind) went through my mind when I looked at those links, and that somewhat scared me…

    Comment by James Pate | July 17, 2008

  4. Seems like James has asked a fair question. The issue isn’t how a just war advocate would respond to his question. They would say that of course the ICC should use violence to back up its decisions, just as they would say that a US court can use violence to enforce its decisions. The question is what a pacifist would say. I must say Michael that you do yourself no credit by dodging these questions or impugning the motives of those who ask them.

    Comment by Dave J | July 17, 2008

  5. James, it frightens me that anyone would have anything from Left Behind going through his mind. To let it inspire theological observations is diabolical. Just leave me behind.

    Comment by Tauratinzwe | July 17, 2008

  6. Thanks for posting this index, Michael! Glen covered the ten practices last week at Peace Camp and so now is a good time to revisit this series. Apart from the two books that Glen has put out on this, are you aware of any study guides on the ten practices that would be appropriate for small group study? Thanks!

    Comment by haitianministries | July 22, 2008

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