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Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness is a grassroots association dedicated to promoting biblical values of justice, care of creation, peace and nonviolent solutions to conflict.

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Dorothy Day (1867-1980)

Born in 1897, Dorothy Day contributed heavily to normalizing the concept of conscientious objection and pacifism at a time when both ideas were on the fringe of political and philosophical thinking in the U.S.. A Catholic convert, Day spent her days writing newspaper columns for The Catholic Worker (which she co-founded) as well as participating…

The Roots of Anger and Violence in the Streets

This mission of Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness emphasizes justice and the possibility of life in full for all of creation and pursuit of the common good. In the current crisis, extending from Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond, we are eager to hear the voice of black leaders in our community. The first in the series…

Rev. Edward Bailey on Ferguson

Pursuing peace is a pursuit — active in intent, often turbulent. It is not ignoring violence, or burying your head in the sand when anger erupts into violence. In Baltimore there is a lot of anger, and it’s erupted into violence. So let’s ask, what causes that anger and how do we address the inequality…

Save Our Unspoiled Land (SOUL)

Save Our Unspoiled Land (SOUL) is supported by the ad hoc Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (LIPW) Environmental Group. On April 18, in response to a submission by SOUL spokesperson, Malinda Clatterbuck, the LIPW Board took action to provide financial and moral support for SOUL. Clatterbuck wrote: “Our movement is a grass roots movement, striving to…

LIPW Signed 2015 Support For Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the United States atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also marks 45 years since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force, obligating all States parties to undertake good faith negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Instead, the world’s nuclear-armed nations are spending over $100 billion per…

CeaseFirePA’s The Greedy Gun Lobby

CeaseFirePA’s The Greedy Gun Lobby “lays out exactly what the NRA’s plan is: to sure our towns and cities and to make taxpayers like you foot the bill. But don’t take our word for it. In the short time since CeareFirePA launched their webpage and video, the gun bullies have sued yet another town. Lancaster…

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Emile Arnaud (1864-1921)

Emile Arnaud helped coin the term “pacifism”. Arnaud served as an advocate for humanism, charity, tolerance and non-violent conflict resolution. I’m not sure I’ll find acting satisfying creatively forever. If you get the good roles, it’s great — if you have the freedom to choose your projects and not just do anything and everything – Emile…

Prominent Lutheran Palestinian Pastor to Visit Lancaster

Prominent Lutheran Palestinian Pastor to Visit Lancaster May 17th, 4 PM at Tellus360, 24 E King Street (parking at Holy Trinity, Duke Street) The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem since 1988,  will be visiting and sharing his vision of creating Diyar, a consortium of Lutheran-based institutions.  These institutions…

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Best known for his novel “The Brave New World,” Huxley’s work conceptualized a militant and technological future. His philosophical objection to war barred him access to U.S. citizenship. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all lessons of history – Aldous Huxley