Lutheran Peace Fellowship

Resolution for Churches on the Nobel Decade for Peace
Lutheran Peace Fellowship

dove of peace


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed

Live in harmony with one another Do not repay evil for evil...

If your enemies are hungry, feed them.

Romans 12


Whereas Christ calls us to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) and the church to be a reconciling presence for the world (2 Cor. 5:18-19), breaking down the dividing walls of hostility among people (Eph. 2:13-22);

Whereas violence takes many forms --- on the street, at school, in family life, in the community, in the media, and between nations --- so that many children grow up in a "culture of violence";

Whereas twenty Nobel Peace Laureates --- the largest number ever to sponsor such an initiative --- presented an appeal "for the children of the world" calling for a decade-long effort "to teach the practical meaning and benefits of nonviolence in our daily lives in order to build a new culture of nonviolence,"

Whereas the United Nations General Assembly has adopted the Nobel Peace Appeal designating the years 2001-2010 the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence" and the year 2000 as the "Year for a Culture of Peace," and has designated September 19 the International Day of Peace,


Be it resolved that _______________________________________________________ __________________

(name of church) & (date)

1. supports implementation of the Nobel Peace Laureates appeal for a "Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence" and "Day of Peace" with special emphasis on children and youth;

2. resolves to make a priority to teach, practice, and model nonviolence --- for our own members and in service to our community --- making use of resources from the NW Coalition for the Nobel Decade for Peace, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and other sources;

3. strongly urges schools, city councils and legislatures to adopt the Nobel Peace Laureates Appeal as policy, and to plan public education efforts and resources to implement it;

4. requests that our schools, community, and civic organizations, churches and religious groups work with us to provide the leadership and resources needed to carry out this vital effort.

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Hundreds of churches, schools, municipalities, community and civic groups have endorsed this resolution and are joining together in support of the Decade for Peace and Nonviolence. Please send a copy of your resolution and or requests for resources to:

* LPF, 1710 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, 206/349-2501 (1-3 pm),

* Fellowship of Reconciliation, Box 271 Nyack, NY 10960-0271 914/358-4601

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