Item 1696 - Working for peace: saying 'yes' to life and 'no' to death

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1696

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Working for peace: saying 'yes' to life and 'no' to death

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  • March 5, 1986 (Creation)

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2 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a 2 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Working for Peace’ published in The Lutheran, Vol. 24, No. 5, March 5, 1986, pp. 10- 11. This item is identified as Part III of a 3 part series and taken from the New Oxford Review. Nouwen begins by saying, ‘As peacemakers we must have the courage to see the powers of death at work even in our innermost selves…’. Nouwen writes of his own struggle to accept himself as loved and forgiven by God and the difficulty that creates for him to grow as a peacemaker. Nouwen describes the forces of self-rejection as forces of death. He then states that ‘a loving heart that continues to affirm life at all times and places can say ‘no’ to death without being corrupted by it. Nouwen then goes on to write of the importance of resisting the forces of death in our society in whatever way seems right. Nouwen concludes ‘ Prayer and resistance, the two pillars of Christian peacemaking, are two interlocking ways of giving expression to the peace we have found in the dwelling place of God’.

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Item is 3 of a series of 3 articles. See also Published works series, items 1694 and 1695.
Item is reprinted from the Oxford Review c. 1985.

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Published in The Lutheran 24, no. 5 (March 5, 1986): 10-11.
A revised and longer version of this material is to be found in: Nouwen, Henri, The Road to Peace, ed. John Dear, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, N.Y., 1998 and Nouwen, Henri, Peacework, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, N.Y., 2005.

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2000 01

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Box 296

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43-278

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