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Waging Peace

A brief look at the history of peacemaking in both Christian and Muslim tradition, plus stories of how these faith groups work for peace.

  • Item 501489D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 58 Mins

Alternate formats: Digital Video - $2.99

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Muslim and Christian Alternatives

A brief look at the history of peacemaking in both Christian and Muslim tradition, plus stories of how these faith groups work for peace.

Stories include:

A peace camp for Christian, Jewish and Muslim children building bridges of understanding about each others' faiths
A project where Muslims and Christians work together to make quilts for refugees and learn to know one another
A health clinic established by a group of Muslim medical students to serve their low-income neighbors
A Christian Peacemaker Team providing a peaceful presence in Iraq

Optional English and Spanish subtitles. Fullscreen.

Editorial Reviews

Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives is an uplifting DVD about peacemaking efforts among both Christian and Muslim groups, as well as a brief history of the peace-promoting traditions in each faith. From a "peace camp" designed for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children, to a project in which Muslims and Christians work together to craft quilts for refugees, to a health clinic created by Muslim medical students to provide care to the impoverished, and much more. Waging Peace offers powerful and eye-opening revelations. Highly recommended, especially for both public library and church/synagogue/mosque library DVD collections.

This hopeful documentary presents some strikingly positive individuals amidst the largely discouraging recent developments in Christian-Muslim relations, highlighting members of both faiths who are effectively reaching out to try to bridge the gap. Opening with the fact that Christians and Muslims have lived together for 1,300 years, Waging Peace acknowledges the longstanding history of struggle between two populations, but also notes that despite the actions of extremists, both faiths value peace and are based on human respect. Jesus said that people should love their enemies, while Muhammed argued that killing one innocent person is like killing all. Voiceover narration, interviews, and on-location footage spotlight a wide range of activities and organizations, including Muslims and Mennonites coming together in Ontario, Canada ("getting-acquainted" events lead to a joint project to make quilts for Palestinian refugees, and Muslim students attend classes at a Mennonite school); the Interfaith Peace Camp in Harrisonburg, VA, which promotes understanding and acceptance among its young Christian, Jewish, and Muslim attendees; the UMMA Community Clinic, founded by Muslim medical students in 1992 to address the health needs of a South Los Angeles neighborhood; and a Christian Peacemaker Team that has promoted nonviolent principles in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. The theological complexities are not ignored—exemplified by a conflict over the construction of a mosque near a Baptist church in Temecula, CA—but this documentary ultimately presents a refreshingly uplifting and optimistic message. Recommended.

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