“To say ‘yes’ to peace we must say a final ‘no’ to war and join together, heart and soul, in the task of creating peace by peaceful means, speaking with one authentic and passionate voice.”
Nonviolent peacemaking is not only a noble aspiration but a down-to-earth, practical job to be done, and one that is already underway. In her 2015 Swarthmore Lecture Faith, power and peace, Diana Francis draws on her extensive experience to affirm Quakers’ historic rejection of all war, arguing that militarism cannot make sense as a response to human vulnerability. She describes how nonviolent power can transform violent situations and provide a radically different model for international relations. This book will give hope and confidence to those seeking to reject violence and pursue peace. It shows that, especially for Quakers, nonviolent peacemaking is a matter of faith that we can and must affirm; not an ideology but a deep sense of possibility, born of love.