Our friend and Consultant for Peace, David LaMotte, will spend part of his Easter weekend in Memphis, where he will stand in the light with others against the darkness of a planned Ku Klux Klan rally. Not exactly an egg hunt, is it?
And yet it is highly appropriate in this season that people of faith, including those of us who consider ourselves followers of the Prince of Peace, remember the call to live out our beliefs. We must be involved in this world we have been given and in the work of making it ever better.
As David writes:
Peace is not placidity, and peacemaking has nothing to do with inaction. In questioning the wisdom of the Iraq war a dozen years ago, I was often confronted with statements like “Well you can’t just do nothing!”, as though that were the only other alternative. Peacemaking is not passive. It is about engaging conflict in ways that are constructive rather than destructive. Note the verb there: engaging.
May we all remember to be active and engaged children of God during this holy season and beyond.
–Aleta Payne, Development and Communications