Reflections on War and Justice

Our February focus on “War and Justice” has been filled with profound reflections and discussions on the crisis in Palestine and Israel and the role of faith in times of war.

The month began with a session led by Amir Marshi, who provided a comprehensive overview of the century-long struggle of the displacement of Palestinian people. Marshi emphasized the need to understand Palestine’s history and how the misinterpretation of biblical theologies can lead to injustice. His presentation underscored the urgency of advocating for oppressed populations and the rightful return of Palestinians to their native homeland.

Riana Shaw Robinson delved into theological reflections on war and peace. She pondered the role of God in a world plagued by conflict, emphasizing the importance of actively pursuing peace. Mihee Kim-Kort challenged us to consider how we may domesticate peace. Kim-Kort encouraged us to consider how artificial notions of peace can actually serve the inertia of maintaining the status quo. Using this comparison, she highlighted the importance of taking action in one’s community. 

Lisa Sharon Harper reminded us that “every page of the entire Bible is written in the context of colonization (or the legitimate fear of it). And Jesus was born into a colonized, serially enslaved people group.” It is this familiarity with war and colonization that animates the Bible’s vision of shalom. 

Throughout February, community members heard encouragements to engage critically with issues of war and justice, prioritizing action rooted in faith and compassion. As the month concludes, the work before us is more urgent than ever: advocating for peace and equity in solidarity with oppressed communities worldwide.

Aeriel Storey

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