Peacemakers have long held that peace is not simply and passively the absence of conflict. Instead, peace is an active relationship characterized by cooperation, harmony and the ability to address differences without resorting to violence. However, our economic and value structures often emphasize fundamentalism, individualism and imperialism over respect and value for diverse ways of living. Peace can only be achieved when nations move from international competition, militarization and war.
The Earth Charter identifies our time in history as holding both great peril and great promise. “To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.” Similarly, the U.S. Bishops describe the Church as transcending national boundaries, calling us “to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world.” As citizens of a democracy with enormous influence beyond our borders, write the Bishops, Catholics and Americans are uniquely called to global solidarity.
To learn more about global solidarity, check out our annotated bibliographies:
IHM Reflection and Action
- Remembering Hiroshima, by Angela Hibbard, IHM
- Reflection on Gaza
- South Sudan Updates and Resources
- IHM Leadership Statement on Gun Violence
- A Citizen Fast and Reflection: Stop the War…No More Blood! A Journey to Justice by Julie Slowick, IHM
- “…A Culture of Peace” by Margaret Brennan, IHM