Agape Peace Center
The Agape Peace Center, Duluth, MN, serves as a gathering place for people to explore an Anabaptist perspective and witness. Ted Lewis is a Partner in Mission with Central Plains Mennonite Conference and serves as consultant and trainer at the center.
Currently two groups are meeting monthly: 1) "Strength to Love" men's group who are listening to sermons from MLK and Rev. Barber. 2) "Restorative Justice Roundtable" group now reading Fania Davis' Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing and US Social Transformation.
People are free to come, browse and read at the G.W. Carlson Peace Library. The books have themes that intersect with peace, justice, and faith. The Center gave away over 75 books during Advent and Christmas 2019.
Ted led a new workshop, "Two or Three: Using Matthew 18 for Hard But Healing Conversations," at Annual Meeting in conjunction with his continuing work with the Conflict Management Team of CPMC. The worship centered on the idea that God wants to be powerfully present in the midst of hard but healing dialogue where two people have heart-to-heart conversation, and thereafter, when a third party joins to assist.
In February Ted will launch a local "Restorative Bible" study group. The by-line for this study is "rejecting violence, recognizing victimization, re-envisioning justice." Ted's hope is to attract unchurched people who are open to what the Bible holds. Request: Pray for God to lead the right people to this group and that they will evolve beyond the state of questioning the Bible to the stage of letting themselves be questioned by the Bible.
Agape Peace Center
Ted Lewis, Restorative Justice Consultant and Trainer
Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Cina Hall 211
Duluth, MN 55812