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    Elizabeth Todd

    One of the things that drew me to Friends was the thoughtful response of Christians to real concerns in the world. Another was how they saw past the common myopia of the external now to the internal and the eternal. This post represents both. Thank you, Johan. You remind us that war has spiritual implications for everyone: participants and their advocates, people caught in the cross-fire, and observers on the other side of the sea. Specifically you remind us that what happens in Israel and Gaza forms us and our community.

    “We live to extend that hope to everyone trapped in the logic of violence—by praying for all sides; by refusing to accept secular definitions of “enemy”; by standing in the breach ourselves, or supporting our members in Christian Peacemaker Teams; by teaching our children and new believers that the call of Christ trumps every call of nationalism or tribalism; and by anchoring our own lives in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.”

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