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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: Emily Green Balch (1867-1961)

Emily Green Balch received the Nobel Prize in 1946 for her commitment towards peace and military disarmament. Balch served as a leader for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. These wars appear also to have given its death blow to colonialism and to imperialism in its colonial form, under which weaker peoples were…

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

After fighting in the Crimean War, his pacifist beliefs took root on Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. Tolstoy’s “What I Believe” openly discusses his personal beliefs and works to affirm his belief in biblical teachings and values. The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands…

Dr. John Tirman Featured on LancasterOnline

Executive Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Studies Program, Dr. John Tirman was featured in LancasterOnline yesterday. Tirman will address members of the community during two upcoming speeches at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren and Franklin & Marshall College, March 4-5. The two-day event is co-sponsored by Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness and the International…

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Vera Brittain (1893-1970)

Aptly known for her book “Testament of Youth,” Brittain provides personal insight during World War I and a world ravaged by plight, destruction and death. After the war, Brittain committed to life-long peace. The destruction of men seems to me a crime to the whole march of civilization – Vera Brittain

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Albert Einstein’s revolutionary achievements dramatically shaped the globe’s technological and scientific understanding. Einstein observed peaceful revolution to war. However, he was pivotal in the development of the Manhattan Project. After the war ended, he quickly reverted back to non-violence. Had I known the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would have…

30th Annual Lancaster County Peace Essay Contest

Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness is a proud sponsor of the 30th Annual Lancaster County Peace Contest. This contest is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to embrace peace in an angry and polarized world, the theme of this year’s event. Deadline for submissions is April 11, 2015 and awards will be presented on Sunday,…

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Akiko Yosano (1878-1942)

A famous Japanese author, poet and feminist, Yosano’s work largely criticized Japan’s militarism and worked to promote feminist views. Oh my young brother, I cry for you Don’t you understand you must not die! You who were born the last of all Command a special store of parents’ love Would parents place a blade in…

LIPW Weekly Pacifist Spotlight: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Widely renowned, Mahatma Gandhi served as a prominent Indian nationalist and politician. A staunch advocate for Indian independence, Gandhi believed in nonviolence and peace. He often sympathized with many different religions and bridged these diverse beliefs to better his own understanding. Among his many achievements — a twenty-one day fast in protest against war between…

2015 Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness Annual Meeting

Thank you for joining Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness for our 2015 Annual Meeting on January 25 at Lancaster Friends Meeting House. Members of Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness’ engaged community enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and valuable discussion lead by an informative and lively panel. “The purpose of this meeting is to activate our network,” started…

Letter to the Editor: NRA Lawsuit Steps on Right to Safety

Please find the following statement submitted by Urbane Peachy, President to Lancaster Online: January 25, 2015 Thank you for your editorial last week saying that we need to quit pandering to the National Rifle Association (“NRA lawsuit enabled by bad lawmaking”). The NRA and its partners in the gun lobby have declared open season on…