Jerusalem: What Makes for Peace?

Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

Dr. Carruthers is one of the presenters at the Jerusalem Conference in Houston, TX on October 11. 

These are unprecedented times we are living in. In this past year alone, we have all been witnesses as the current United States Presidential Administration has taken violent and virulent steps toward unraveling the prospect for peace in Jerusalem and in the occupied territories in Palestine. From the U.S Embassy move, to promoting skewed narratives surrounding the Great Return, backing Israeli military forces with the U.S Dollar and withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Security Council, we have all been witnesses to the ways in which the U.S Administration has reversed progress and taken steps back from nurturing a neutral ground on which negotiations, concessions, disarmament and dialogue can take place to foster peace.

We have all been witnesses, and we believe in the truth of the ages – there can be no real peace without justice. Peace is more than the absence of war; making and keeping peace cannot be merely contingent upon negotiations between Presidents, Prime Ministers or their Administrations. We have all been witness, and our hope lies within us, within civil society (teachers, activists, theological and legal scholars, community organizers, pastors, and families on the front lines), and our ability to build intra-generation, ecumenical, cross cultural, interfaith alliances and coalitions. Because we are the answer to what makes for peace.

At the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, we believe in fostering and resourcing clergy and lay leaders, students and activists with opportunities to gather and co-create together images and realities of justice, to counteract the lived injustice of our time. We believe in ecumenical, cross cultural and interfaith relationships as a source of strength in co-authoring a collective vision of the processes of transformation, truth telling, reparatory justice and the like. We understand, at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference that in such a time as this, our presence matters now more than ever, to be a part of the process of fostering peace among and within our communities. We have all been witnesses to understanding that we are fighting renditions of the same evil- hegemonic systems of white-supremacy, militarism, materialism and patriarchy. We must resist and call out the evil woven in the ideologies that build incarceral states. And together, we can all be witnesses that the tide turns when the best of the human spirit propels us to joins forces and comes together to envision, strategize and strengthen our collective voice as we reclaim what makes for peace.

Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

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