Join us for On Earth Peace's next community meetup on August 27th from 3pm-4:30pm EST. These meetups, initiated as the pandemic arose in early 2020, are relational gatherings with a theme. In each meeting, we welcome new and returning friends and seek to build community, conviction, and capacity. These sessions are not "webinars" - they provide a time for relationship and conversation, with focused content that we engage together.
The theme of this meeting is focused around the book Faithful Witness in a Fractured World: Models for an Authentic Christian Life (2019) by Nicole L. Johnson and Michael T. Snarr. The book has central themes of, frankly speaking, "How Not To Be A Crappy Christian", by showing compassionate neighborly love. The book follows seven individuals in the pursuit of their Christian calling, characterized by active, embodied faith in pursuit of the common good; a broad and inclusive love for all people; rightly ordered political identities and loyalties; and a commitment to work toward holistic redemption of both people and the systems that constitute our life together. The authors hope this book will offer readers a more positive, hopeful look at Christianity that makes clear what Christians can be for rather than what they should be against. "Everyone is welcome to the table, regardless of faith background"
It is recommended, but not required, to read their book in advance of the discussion.
Three ways to purchase your copy:
A note from Niki and Michael: "All profit from sales of our book provide financial support to the faith-based organizations that
our models of faith work with. And we’re available for presentations or more informal author
talks. We have done both virtual and in-person workshops, lectures, and smaller-group
We will be joined by BOTH authors. Here's a little about them:
Niki Johnson is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Peacebuilding & Social Justice Program at the University of Mount Union, where she has been teaching for 14 years. In addition to co-authoring Faithful Witness in a Fractured World with Michael, Niki is the author of Practicing Discipleship: Lived Theologies of Nonviolence in Conversation with the Doctrine of the United Methodist Church (Wipf & Stock, 2009) and editor of the forthcoming volume Humanities Perspectives in Peace Education: Re-engaging the Heart of Peace Studies (Information Age Publishing). Niki teaches courses in Christian ethics and history, religious conflict and peacebuilding, and a first-year seminar on "heroes of faith-based social justice." She lives in Hartville, Ohio with her husband, Glenn Griffin (a theology teacher at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron) and they have 3 kids: Georgia (12), Cecilia (10), and Noah (6).
Michael T. Snarr is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Honors Program at Wilmington College (OH). He has edited several books on a variety of issues, including Quakers and Politics, comparative foreign policy, and global issues; Michael has traveled on peace missions to Afghanistan and Israel-Palestine. He has served on the boards of various faith-based organizations, including Sugartree Ministries, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Christian Peacemaker Teams.
What to expect:
Nicole and Michael sharing stories and readings from the book.
- Highlights and recurring themes from the lens of the seven individuals interviewed in the book
Small and large group sharing and discussion
Personal reflection time
Event Date: Friday, August 27th 2021
Event Time: 3pm - 4:30pm US Eastern
If you have any questions, please email Dennis at [email protected]