Recently Read: Kaiser-Barclay longs for peace

Mary Ann (Kaiser) Barclay, the woman who was removed from the ordination process in the Southwest Texas Annual Conference leading to a Judicial Council ruling earlier this week, reflected on the desire for peace at the RCMBlog:

We know, however, that peace is never birthed by masking problems, avoiding conflict, or even enduring some sacrifices. Christ himself modeled a path to peace for us by voluntarily entering into conflict when it was necessary. He broke silences, he turned conversations on their head, he made everything that was stable, unstable, for the sake of a new understanding of Love. In the midst of that conflict he never wavered on truth, justice, equality for everyone and most importantly – the value of every human being. He showed us that peace which comes without conflict, conviction and consequences is not really peace, as much as we all might wish it were.

via Longing for real (not moot or hypothetical) peace.

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