P2’s spiritual-disciplined approach to peace planning can be accomplished as described in our Mission.
Mission — Help clarify vision for peace, plan for peace, and coach to put plan into action. We hope to do this by working with others in developing sustainable peace plans and then helping them find their own Just Peacemaking paths.
This unique approach is the outgrowth of years of war-planning experience by our members. We are committed to turning weapons of violence into instruments of peace. Having witnessed the perpetuation of destruction, loss of lives and consumption of finite resources that war generates, we are committed to planning for sustainable peace.
Reverend John Fair is a former US Air Force fighter pilot who took early retirement to answer the call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. He has served three churches and is now serving as President, P2, Planning for Peace—his life-long vocation of discovering the true meaning of peace. Fair grew up during the cold war and the fear of annihilation. Under the tutelage of TV archetypes such as the Lone Ranger and others, he was taught to embrace a form of retributive violence still believed today as being restorative. He learned that this is false….that wars never result in peace. Reverend Fair believes that planning for peace can be accomplished through the lens of Just Peacemaking—a spiritual disciplined approach.
Just Peacemaking Principles:
Mercy — desire for the other what you desire for yourself
Humility — accept the truth about the complexity of our humanity and embrace the suffering of others
Hospitality — reach out to others and respond with compassion
Justice — seek to understand the causes of suffering and develop policies to restore the community in a just and fair manner
Relate — discover how our identities are shared by looking at the historical formational contexts within the community