Christian Peace Witness for Iraq
March 16, 2007
As an organizing partner, BPFNA invites its members and others to join thousands of Christian lay people and clergy to voice support for creating real security and peace in Iraq. Through worship and a prayer vigil together, this witness offers an opportunity to express a Christian commitment to life.
- Worship at the National Cathedral
- Candlelight procession to the White House
- Prayer vigil and witness for peace in Iraq
- Pre-witness workshops and training
- Post-witness organizing and strategizing
Laying Local Foundations
- Pray for the end of the war in Iraq
- Learn about and practice nonviolence
- Study the Bible's implications for our foreign policy
- Fast regularly until the war ends
- Join with others for prayer, study, and action
- Create a weekly peace witness in your community
- Plan a local worship and witness for March 16
Christian Peace Witness for Iraq – Our Pledge of Nonviolence
All those participating in the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq are asked to affirm:
We are followers of Jesus Christ, who consistently chose to meet injustice with life-affirming action, and who remained committed to nonviolence even in the face of the most violent kind of punishment and death known in his time. Therefore, we pledge:
- We will be open and respectful toward each person we encounter.
- We will be positive examples of Christ’s love for all people. Whenever possible, our witness will be for the power of that love rather than against the evil that we deplore.
- Our actions will be grounded in our shared worship, prayer, study of the Bible, and reliance on our historic confessions. These are the fundamental building blocks of our faith.
- We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person, especially those with whom we disagree or officers of the law who feel compelled to arrest us as we carry out nonviolent, peaceful protest.
- We will not destroy or damage any property.
- When engaging in nonviolent acts of “divine obedience” that may be seen as breaking the law, we will accept the consequences of our actions.
- We will not carry anything that could be construed as a weapon
- We will not bring or use alcohol or drugs (except for medical purposes).
CPWI encourages all those who participate in Christian Peace Witness activities to take nonviolent action training. Please consider CPWI's nonviolence training workshops or find someone in your area who can facilitate one.
For more information, visit the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq website.