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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.

Our Team: Charles Bonner

Why do the LIPW board members get involved, and stay committed to the peace minded work we do? From Charles Bonner: Fighting in Vietnam as a 19-year-old U.S. Marine, I learned of the horror and futility of war. I have spent the years since then learning peace. LIPW helps me continue my education. Interested in…

To Our Neighbors at the Islamic Community Center, Lancaster

To our neighbors at the Islamic Community Center, Lancaster: At a time when the ugly voices of Islamophobia are being hear, and politicians appeal to the worst fears and prejudices of their constituencies, we take this opportunity to let you know that we, the membership of the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness, stand in solidarity with…

Our Team: Board Secretary, Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck

Why do the LIPW board members get involved, and stay committed to the peace minded work we do? From Board Secretary, Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck: With the knock on my door by a gas industry operative, my life changed from reading and writing about peace to moving in the world and organizing in a way that…

The Crisis Continues: Central American Migrants Fleeing Violence

Originally posted via Latin America Working Group, The Advocate, Fall 2015, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp 1, 6, 7. The Crisis Continues:  Central American Migrants Fleeing Violence, by Lisa Haugaard, Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Angelika Albaladejo and Emma Buckhout. Sixty-eight thousand children, alone, without their parents, made the deadly journey from Central America to the U.S. southern…

Paris, Humanity and Violence “Over There”

Via. Jurusalem Praxis Living, Teaching, and Thinking in the Holy City One BBC commentator suggested this morning that what happened in Paris was “Beirut-level” violence. That is an essential insight. Global and regional powers — many from “the West” — have for decades been inflicting massive violence and causing huge scales of human suffering throughout…

LIPW Supports Efforts to Solve Income Ineqaulity

Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness supports efforts to solve the income inequality problems that are at the rot of so much hardship and conflict. “Forty-two percent of U.S workers can earn less than $15 an hour according to the National Employment Law Project, which also reports that about half of these workers are age 35 and…

Syria: Seven Wars in One

One of the reasons the Syrian conflict is so brutal and hopeless is that it is not a straightforward war with two clearly defined sides.  It is, in reality, at least 7 wars wrapped up in one, with constantly shifting lines and unreasonable demands on the local civilian population to choose sides again and again….

A Welcome Mat Beats Words of War

Thoughts on the Syrian refugee crisis by board member and long time Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness supporter, Ken Trauger. Author note: “Islamic State” was an editorial change for ISIS that I would have not used because I do not want to oppose Islam. The following originally appeared in Lancaster Newspaper’s Letters to the Editor: Let’s…