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Friday, November 13, 2009  

"We were prepared for everything except the prayers and candles"

A Lutheran pastor from Leipzig recalls the nonviolent movement that began in his church and crested on November 9th, 1989:

In September, the Stasi, the secret police, started beating people up and arresting them in large numbers in front of the church. So we started to make lists of the people arrested, and we put those lists on display in public right here by the church door.

But that terrible sense of dread and fear did not subside. And I became really afraid that the people coming to the church every week were in serious danger of being shot. Yet we didnt give up on our Monday peace prayers or even call them into question. Instead, we ask other churches in the center to hold peace prayers, too, so as many people as possible would take part and spread Jesus message of nonviolence.

Read the whole thing.

posted by Benjamin Dueholm | 7:34 AM
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