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"I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love."    - Red Cloud ; Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)


“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Liberator has been born to you . . . This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger . . . Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."    - Luke ; Luke 2.10-14


"The demand for disarmament and permanent peace, for the rights of the small nations against the imperialistic and colonizing powers, for freedom of the seas and of trade routes, for orderly settlement of grievances, these are demands for social righteousness and fraternity on the largest scale."    - Walter Rauschenbusch ; A Theology for the Social Gospel, p. 4


"Entering paradise in this life is not an individual achievement but is the gift of communities that train perception and teach ethical grace. Paradise provides deep reservoirs for resistance and joy. It calls us to embrace life’s aching tragedies and persistent beauties, to labor for justice and peace, to honor one another’s dignity, and to root our lives in the soil of this good and difficult earth."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 410


"The terrible truth is that our world has never established peace through victory. Victory establishes not peace, but lull. Thereafter, violence returns once again, and always worse than before. And it is that escalator violence that then endangers our world."    - Borg, Marcus J.; Crossan, John Dominic ; The First Christmas


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