Dear Reader

Only a few months ago, thousands of people dropped everything and prayed for peace. And the end of what had threatened to be a widening war came suddenly and mercifully. Yet peace did not. Conflict and turmoil—with in some ways an even greater human toll of grief and misery—continue in the Near East, and continue also in many other parts of the world.

The question is, Are we still praying for peace? Or do we stop now, simply because the armed forces of our own nations are no longer actively engaged and we don't know the combatants very well? Shouldn't our prayer have the same kind of urgency that seemed so natural during the war in the Persian Gulf?

Kathryn Breslauer points some directions for this kind of continuing effort in "Prayer and peacemaking." Eric Thacher, in "The healing power of unselfed love," takes a closer look at the underlying false impression that conflict is built into our everyday lives. And Elaine Natale's editorial faces squarely the question of how one can pray to help bring out wise and effective leadership.

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Back and Forth
June 10, 1991

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