The third week of September is Arkansas Peace week, and we honor that week with a week of peace, justice, and non-violence focused lessons. It is a wonderful time for us to partner with the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice and to hear wonderful peace centered lessons from peace and justice advocates in our state.
Our community is noticeably torn by violence and injustice. People need to feel heard, their concerns should be validated, and people should be taught alternatives to violence. After all, isn’t Isaiah’s picture of God’s Kingdom one where peace, justice, and mercy reign?
…They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore (Isaiah 2:4).
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice…
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
… if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday
(Isaiah 58:6, 10).
We are always encouraged by the messages of unity and peace we hear during this week. We try to take the tools we learn and remind ourselves of them, year-round. You can listen to a clip from Rabbi Winnick on our Facebook page.