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Notes on LPC/ECAPC Conference Call Oct. 10, 2012
The call lasted 70 minutes.
Present were: Glen Stassen, Bill Scheurer, David Jehnsen, Ken Freeland, Rod Olsen, Rick Stamm, John Stoner, Rob Peters
After introductions there was a review of the history and rational of the merger of ECAPC with On Earth Peace/Living Peace Church.
Meeting 12 Sept in Baltimore
-have folded name of ECAPC into “Living Peace Church”; elements of ECAPC will be retained.
Purpose of call to respond to questions and ideas from ECAPC connected people
John said something of his history with ECAPC
Bill recounted 2 thread partnership
ECAPC now merged into LPC
COB connection is important because COB has struggled to keep its peace testimony going
8 or 9 years ago statement of COB intending to reach out ecumenically
ECAPC founded in year 2000
We are whole cloth adopting the ECAPC vision
The living peace church will probably be less appositional, or oppositional
We sort of ignore that appositional start … use our blissful blinders
Ken —future conference calls could be recorded
website ECAPC .org needs to be renewed. Yes, it will be linked to LPChurch.
Rick reported we have domain ownership until 2016
Will open LPC website in December
Blog, facebook, and youTube now
Glen noted availabililty of Justpeacemaking.org We will be crosslinking these in the future to get partners other voices on website
What resources are needed?
Ken: I see a continuing need also to reach out to those whose theological orientation or religious background prevents them from making the connection to Jesus’ peace message in a religious way, and also (and I fault myself for not bringing this part up on the phone call) educating people on how to apply Christian nonviolence in their personal lives (some ECAPC videos addressed this question quite directly). I would summarize this as two ministries that I felt ECAPC effectively pursued via its TV program:
1) Exploring and explicating the historical and scriptural basis for the peace/nonviolence message of Jesus (as well as spotlighting examplars in the modern world) and
2) exploring the natural basis and real psychological ramifications of the practice of Christian nonviolence in everyday life (i.e., its practicality and problematics).
The TV programs are the kind of educational material that can reach people of all perspectives, amplifying the message of the noviolent Jesus, it’s scriptural validity etc
Bill Peace is constitutive of Jesus message
Jehnsen our church meeting with Catholic group David will blog on this
Importance of this merger in the past the HPC’s would be called on to make the peace sermon…this brings things into a crystallization that is very important
Suggestedf 4 regional gatherings to talk about how to develop resources
Philadelphia FOR AFST
Fuller Ched Myers, Elaine Enns et al
Atlanta koinonia Candler Liz Bounds
2 young quakers working to raise $200 million to build a peace museum in Phila
envision peace ?? Rob
I have assumed there will be regional clusters of local networks. Rob speaks of events. I’ve envisioned the revival/evangelizing kind of thing. Rob— Educational or appreciative inquiry.
Leave an infrastructure behind. Revival plus practicum. A capacity building process with components for congregations.
Rick: feel like we’re beginning all over, have something behind us, concern that we may be reinventing the wheel. Want to see how it works through.
Ken: How we measure our response level to our outreach efforts. Are we attracting people to the message.
Rod: the national registry: can or will that be revived? Bill: Directory of churches will be core, and directory of program providers.
Rob: collaborative and presenting events Rolling out the new brand in weekend radical revival tour Focus on how we get money for this movement. Will donate $5000 to Tony. Shane has $700,000 in fund. On his facebook.
Cornell West might go on the road for us. His video has the biggest draw on our living peace church channel 800 in a month. Get a video Shane and West.
Journey into Peacemaking book revision is underway. by Marian, strong creation care in new edition.
Glen attended St Paul gathering, and Dallas. They had a focus on how churches can organize in congregations. How to do it.
Notes by John Stoner