Supporters

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“The cost of the war in Iraq has been high: over 100,000 lives, a shattered nation, almost a trillion dollars.  In the event that we become able to properly confess and mourn such violence, we will need all the eloquence and imagination of our preachers. Hence, my deep gratitude for the Proper 29 Project.”

~ Peter Dula, Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator, 2004-2006

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“The WikiLeaks report tells us what we have tried to avoid knowing; our beloved nation brought or was complicit in tens of thousands of acts of torture and murder of civilians in Iraq. We have proven incapable as a nation of coming to terms with what went wrong. But the church is still the church. The Proper 29 Project is a chance for the church’s preachers to do what they are called to do, whether in the US or anywhere. I endorse it heartily.”

~ David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University

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“The North Carolina Council of Churches includes denominations which are opposed to all wars, and denominations which believe some wars can be just. People of faith in both groups should be appalled at the evidence of violence against civilians and of torture which was revealed in the recent WikiLeaks documents, information demonstrating that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to meet even the criteria of Just War theory. I hope that pastors and other religious leaders across the state will take part in the Proper 29 project by speaking out from the pulpit.”

~ J. George Reed, Executive Director, North Carolina Council of Churches

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“One of the failures of the Church in our time has involved leaving the Christian people devoid of guidance about war.  Accordingly, the Proper 29 Project is a welcome call for the Church to demand of its ministers that they make clear from the pulpit that even in war, Christians cannot do evil that good may come.”

~ Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics,
Duke Divinity School

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“The Iraq War will surely go down in history as an embarrassment to the Christian church. Zealous Christian preachers promoted the cause from their pulpits, urging the nation to engage in a preemptive strike against a country presumed to have the capacity to eventually wage nuclear war. What troubles me most is that many of those warmongering sermons made little or no reference to Jesus, the one who taught us to love our enemies. Further, as Charles Marsh argues convincingly in his book Wayward Christian Soldiers, Christians from around the world vigorously appealed to keep our nation from this action. The recent release of classified documents only adds to my distress. I urge preachers to take this new preaching project seriously.”

~ Ervin R. Stutzman, Executive Director, Mennonite Church USA

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“Christ our king calls both pacifists and just warriors to love their neighbors – be they friend, foe, or stranger.  The conduct of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has long raised questions about how well we are doing this. The Proper 29 Project is a welcome, overdue prod to renew a conversation in the church both about what justice in war looks like and about how Christians should respond when they fall short of justice.  Dare we hope that such a conversation would continue and continue to bear fruit so long as Christ is king?

~ Daniel M. Bell, Jr., Professor of Theological Ethics,
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

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“As we hear of the horrific news in Iraq, we see again that fighting violence with more violence leads to the deaths of thousands of innocent bystanders. We urgently need our preachers, priests, and theologians to show us another way, helping us to imagine how to break the cycles of violence that demean all of us. Let their prophetic voices be heard, speaking the truth—in love. Jesus knew that we are most courageous when we learn to love our enemies in ways that ennoble us all.”

~ Sara Wenger Shenk, President, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

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“The Proper 29 Project rightly calls preachers to unmask our complicity with the brutality of war and to speak the Word of Life in resistance to the powers of death.”

~ Charles Campbell, Professor of Homiletics,
Duke Divinity School

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“As a Catholic theologian, I believe that the US-led war in Iraq has failed to satisfy the criteria for going to war (jus ad bellum). Given these latest reports of Iraqi civilian casualties, I believe that this war also fails to meet the criteria for just conduct of war (jus in bello): discrimination (prohibiting intentional killing of noncombatants) and proportionality (prohibiting excessive force and brutality). Therefore, I support the Proper 29 Project and hope that it encourages Christians in the pulpits and the pews to inform their consciences about this unjust war.”

~ Tobias Winright, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics,
Saint Louis University

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