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Nonviolence 101

Nonviolence 101 is a research essay written by Kurt Willems, pastor of the Pangea Church, a Brethren in Christ congregation in Seattle, Washington. This is an introduction for those wondering why we regard the value of Peace as central to the Kingdom of God. The paper is lengthy, but hopefully it helps those who are curious about the theology of nonviolence to have a firm grasp on this biblical teaching. It was written in 2010, so the author admits that there are a few things that could be said with greater clarity. However, the content as it stands is helpful for those who are interested. This paper is © and can only be used by permission in other publications. It is used here by permission of the author.

New Book on Peacemaking:

Disarming the Church: Why Christians Must Forsake Violence to Follow Jesus and Change the World, by Eric Seibert. 

Eric is a professor of Old Testament and a member of the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church where he serves on the Peace and Social Justice Commission.

About the book: 

If Christians follow the Prince of Peace, why do they often behave so violently? What can be done to transform the church so that it looks more like Jesus? Eric Seibert explores these questions in this important and timely study. He builds a biblical and practical case for living nonviolently in all areas of life and urges Christians to reexamine their most fundamental attitudes toward violence, warfare, and killing. Through true stories and careful analysis, Seibert demonstrates that it is possible to resolve conflict, correct injustice, and stop oppression without resorting to violence. Many nonviolent alternatives are discussed throughout the book, alternatives that can be used in a wide range of situations, from dealing with an unwanted intruder at home to removing a dictator from power. In a world filled with so much violence, hate, and fear, alternatives like these are desperately needed. This book offers hope that a better way is possible, one that has the potential to transform the church and change the world. So read on and join in! Check this flyer for more information about the book.

Links to other organizations:

Mennonite Central Committee:

Check out these MCC Peace and Justice updates for August 2019

Mennonite World Conference:

Evangelicals for Social Action:


Links to helpful articles/podcasts/videos:

“Someone Asked: ‘Why do you talk about dead Christians all the time?'” from Circle of Hope, Philadelphia, PA. Check out their other videos as well.

I Am Not a Social Activist, by Ronald J. Sider. Recently, Ronald J. Sider retired from teaching at Palmer Seminary and Eastern University. Evangelicals for Social Action, which he founded, is running a series of “best-of” articles in his honor. Ron grew up in the Brethren in Christ in Canada.

A Highly Trained Nonviolent Peacemaking Force, by David Swartz, Plowshares Brethren in Christ, Lexington, KY. Describes how Christian Peacemaker Teams trained pastors who resisted the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017.

Crisis in the Congo: An Invitation to Peek Out From Under Our Blanket of Self-Absorption, by Rod White, Circle of Hope, Philadelphia, PA. Reflects on the violence and displacement of people in the Congo. Related: Anabaptists Respond to Violence and Displacement in D. R. Congo, MCC News Service.

In Pursuit of Peace: Pointing to Christ Through NonviolenceIn Part, Spring/Summer 2016. Stories and articles about the eighth Brethren in Christ core value. 

Other resources:

Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together is a six-week series from Mennonite Central Committee U.S. designed to assist congregations to think theologically and practically about war’s trauma, healing from trauma, and Jesus’ way of peace.

Resources on racism:


Set Free: A Journey Toward Solidarity on Racism

The Anti-Racist Cookbook

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michele Alexander

Study guide for The New Jim Crowdeveloped by MCC

Website: Showing Up for Racial Justice

TedTalk: The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Adichie