peace with justice
It was a delight recently to help host the Toowoomba leg of the visit of Arda Aghazarian. An Armenian Christian Palestinian from the Old City of Jerusalem, she has been in Australia as part of a national tour arranged by the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Network and World Vision. Her gentle but challenging, articulate and incisive telling of her story and situation has been a powerful witness to the need for Christians and others to attend much more fully and deeply to the oppression of Palestinian people. This involves complex issues and competing narratives but the plight of ordinary Palestinians and the call to justice can not be ignored. Of course this is what is often attempted. For human beings can often try to settle for a surface peace: 'the peace that is no peace'. It is so much harder to seek and establish justice and to see peacemaking as involving the transformation of structural injustice. People who are typically immensely warm and generous to personal injustices sometimes struggle even to acknowledge structural injustice. Yet this is part of the Christian calling, as expressed beautifully by Arda and ecumenical work such as the Kairos Palestine document.
Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.