June 5, 2018

Lutheran Legacy of Peacemaking

One of the ironic tragedies of our 21st-century world is that many of our global conflicts are over religious differences or claims to power and oppression using religion as a cover. In the Reformation tradition, we affirm that we witness to the gospel of God in Christ not by force, oppression or dominance, but by persuasion and proclamation, inclusivity, generosity of spirit and justice, the Rev. Dr. Philip Krey, pastor of St. Andrew’s, Perkasie, writes at LivingLutheran.com.

The late Philadelphia seminary professor Otto Frederick Nolde was deeply involved in developing the religious freedom article of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. “Freedom of religion is one of the inalienable rights for of all human members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,” Nolde later wrote.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public and private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. – Article 18, U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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