The Common Good
December 2011

Faith and Peace

by Catherine Foley | December 2011

Your article on Heartsong Church and the Memphis Islamic Center (“Peace Be Upon Them,” by Bob Smietana, September-October 2011) reminded me of the power and the responsibilities of those raised in the common Abrahamic traditions. Thank you for repeating the uplifting story.

If it is true that peace is the goal of these traditions, then we have to continue to work together to stop our children from entering the official military and the paramilitary in order to kill each other in the name of our common Creator. During the Vietnam War there was a thoughtful saying: “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” Let’s work together to keep our children out of the tentacles of the military mindset and actions. That way, when the rich want to have a war in order to get richer, no one will come.

Catherine Foley
Taylor Lake Village, Texas

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)