From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding

From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding

by Andrew P. Klager


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ISBN-13: 9781625648006
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2015
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrew P. Klager is a Research Associate at the Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning, Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, where he is also an Adjunct Professor in the history department, and teaches for the Centre for Mennonite Studies, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Glasgow, focusing on sixteenth-century Anabaptist history, and is the author of several articles and book chapters on Anabaptist origins, history of Christianity, Mennonites and peace and conflict studies, and interreligious peacebuilding between Muslims and Christians.

Table of Contents

Foreword Marc Gopin xi

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Contributors xv

Abbreviations xvii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Historical Conditions of Anabaptist-Mennonite Peacebuilding Approaches

1 The Roots of Anabaptist Erapathetic Solidarity, Nonviolent Advocacy, and Peacemaking John Derksen 13

2 The Testing of Mennonite Peacemaking in Twentieth-Century Soviet Russia Walter Sawatsky 37

3 Privilege, Right, and Responsibility: Peace and the North American Mennonites Royden Loewen 58

4 The Beginnings of Mennonite Central Committee and Its Ministry of Peace Esther Epp-Tiessen 71

5 Historical Conditions of Mennonite Peacebuilding Approaches: Global Anabaptism and Neo-Anabaptism John D. Roth 90

Part 2 Analysis of the Historically Conditioned Mennonite Peacebuilding Approaches

6 From Resolution to Transformation: Experience, Encounter, and Solidarity in the Peacebuilding Work of Mennonite Practitioner-Scholar, John Paul Lederach Jauna Hunter-Bowman 115

7 Formative Mennonite Mythmaking in Peacebuilding and Restorative Justice Carl Stauffer 140

8 Mennonites and Contemporary Human Rights Lowell Ewerl 162

9 Mennonite Women: Making Positive Peace Marlene Epp 178

10 Transforming the Peacebuilder: Building Trust and Local Capacity through Containment of Ego and Cultivation of the Inner Life Ron Kraybill 193

11 Called to Be Snakebirds: Mennonite Historical Conditions as Inspiration for Peace Work Virgil Wiebe 204

Part 3 Application of Mennonite Peacebuilding Approaches in Conflict Settings

12 Authentic Grassroots Conflict Transformation in Egypt: Interreligious Hospitality and the Gift of Pessimism in Mennonite Approaches to Peacebuilding Andrew P. Klager 231

13 Communities of Hope: Colombian Anabaptist Churches Bridging the Abyss of Suffering with Faith Bonnie Klassen 251

14 Religious Violence, Peacebuilding, and Mennonites: The Case of Indonesia Sumanto Al Qurtuby 274

15 Remembering a Perforated Land: Strategies of Peacebuilding in Palestine-Israel Alain Epp Weaver 298

16 The Mennonite Peacebuilding Response to Interethnic Division in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Fidele Ayu Lumeya 309

17 Overcoming Trauma, Grievance, and Revenge in Bosnia-Herzeg and Kosovo: Fostering Nonviolent Reconciliation Efforts David Steele 330

Bibliography 367

Index 395

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