WHY PEACEMAKING

Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9

The Global Immersion Project began with a question: What would the world look like if the Church took seriously our call to be peacemakers?

 

In pursuit of the answer, we immersed ourselves into conflicts around the globe. What we discovered is that peacemaking is not just a good idea. It’s the mission of God and the vocation of God’s people.

Rather than a lofty ideal, peacemaking is central to our faith. It’s an actual way of life and the very adventure that we’ve been saved into.

 

Our journey led us to another question: Who are peacemakers and what do they do?

Having studied alongside academic experts, walked with peacemaking practitioners all over the world and lived it out on the streets of our neighborhoods, we’ve developed a four-practice framework for Everyday Peacemaking. Today, we’re watching entire communities transform as individuals and churches embody these four practices:

Everyday Peacemakers see the humanity, dignity and image of God in everyone.

  • Learn to SEE the humanity, dignity, and image of God in, as well as the plight of, the “other.”
  • Understand your own contribution to conflict and how your contribution blurs your ability to SEE.
  • Develop perspective beyond your own personal understanding or experience.
  • Cultivate SEE practices that will enable you to pay attention to what is both beautiful and broken in your everyday contexts.

Everyday Peacemakers move toward conflict with tools to heal rather than to win.

  • Learn to enter into the radical center of conflict armed with compassion and humility rather than with weapons that perpetuate the violence.
  • Prioritize “understanding” over “being understood.”
  • Release your allegiance to personal reputation & safety.
  • Grow in your capacity to hold diverse perspectives & experiences.
  • Develop IMMERSE practices that will enable you to enter into the stories, brokenness, pain, and sacred spaces of others.

Everyday Peacemakers contend not by getting even, but getting creative in love.

  • Learn how to stand in the way of the “bulldozers” that flatten the marginalized.
  • Discover techniques to move beyond the status quo and cycles of violence to seek the flourishing of others.
  • Unearth the resourced power of collaborative peacemaking.
  • Develop CONTEND practices that will enable you to

Everyday Peacemakers share tables with former enemies and celebrate the big and small ways God is restoring our broken world.

  • Define restoration, identify it, incubate it, & celebrate it.
  • Learn to reintegrate the hurting and the healing back into community.
  • Cultivate an equal playing field to strategize mutually beneficial ways forward.
  • Develop RESTORE practices that result in transformed people and, through them, transformed societies.

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