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LESSONS I'VE BEEN LEARNING IN THE SEARCH FOR WORLD PEACE
Jesus told us that peacemakers are blessed. What does it take to honor that role?
IN 1985, The Christian Science Monitor ran a competition called "Peace 2010." The newspaper invited entrants to stretch their imaginations ahead 25 years and look back from 2010 to describe how peace had come to the world by that year. Some of the 1,300 thoughtful entires were published in the Monitor, and 40 were compiled into a book called How Peace Came to the World.
The response of many onlookers to the competition—and, no doubt, of many participants—went beyond political essaying into the realm of metaphysics. "Peace 2010" in effect invited spiritual thinkers across the globe to unlimit their conceptions of the world's prospects for peace and unite in purposeful prayer to help bring about that peace. I felt we were being asked to give mental consent to the idea that warfare truly could be eliminated, and that this could happen sooner rather than later.
About the author
Tony Lobl is a contributing editor who is based in London.
with contributions from MATT SCHMIDT, LAUREL MARQUART, BOB BATES, DIANE WARD, RUTH SCHULMAN
Rafting Peace River
WARREN BOLON, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Patrick Dunn
'AND ALL THE WORLD SEND BACK THE SONG'
BY ALLISON W. PHINNEY
PRAYIN' for PEACE
with contributions from AQUENE REED, PATRICK ESSOBO, GABRIELE STRAAB, NATHAN MILLINGTON
PEACE BUILDING AND THE DECLINE OF WAR
with contributions from RICHARD BERGENHEIM, BILL DAWLEY
CLOSING UP THE CHASM
BY ROSALIE E. DUNBAR
IT'S SPIRITUAL GOAL-SETTING that really mattters
BY KATHRYN DUNTON
'SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN'
BY BEV DEWINDT
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
NEVER TOO LATE
BE WITH ANGELS
Name removed by request
BY MARIE TAILLEFER
A NATURAL DISCIPLINE
BY PATRICIA KADICK
BY BRENDA ROBBINS
JO ANDREAE, READING, ENGLAND
NEVER TOO EARLY
'GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS'
LETTING GOD SPEAK THROUGH THE MUSIC
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
GROWING TO LOVE THE BIG BOOK
OBLIGATION/INNOVATION: NOT AN EITHER/OR QUESTION
EFFECTS FROM EYE INJURY COMPLETELY HEALED
AN AFFORDABLE SOLUTION FOUND
GINGER G. DOSSEY
FREE TO MOVE ON, FREE FROM PAIN