Greetings from Kingston, and the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation! There are 6 Brethren here, gathered with almost 700 of our ecumenical friends from around the world. I will be getting online as often as I can, and offering updates during the week. Today, we recieved a recap of the decade, and a call for work to be done. But what I want to point your attention to today comes from the Just Peace companion – a document given to us to study before we arrived.
In this document, they list 7 commitments all people in a society should make so all can enjoy a good life. There are:
- I commit myself to cultivate a personal and family spirituality of love and nonviolence
- I commit myself to respect and protect the dignity of human life in all its forms as well as to the care of creation
- I commit myself to practice nonviolence in all my family relations, rejecting physical, verbal, and psychological mistreatment
- I commit myself, in love toward my neighbor, to resolve conflicts in a nonviolent fashion
- I commit myself to build solidarity and to work towards an alternative economy that promotes holisitic and sustainable human development
- I commit myself to not carry arms nor participate in militaristic projects
- I commit myself to place my gifts, talents, abilities, time and resources at the service of constructing a society of life, justice and peace through nonviolent action
Are you ready to make those commitments? As the journey continues here this week, be sure to follow along – there will be live streaming at www.oikumene.org, and join us in prayer on Sunday, during World Peace Sunday.