We are who we are because of our relationships. We know and feel how important relationships are to us, because there is nothing more painful to us than a strained or broken relationship, except the death of a loved one. Our theological worldview is deeply relational and, for Christians, our relationships are not limited by boundaries of nation-states or tribes, or any other walls. All our boundaries are trumped by our baptism into this relationship with God and neighbor.
—Thomas Porter, The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of Justpeace (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.
—Ephesians 4:4-6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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