Seeking Peace

Pilgrimage through God's word

in God's world with God's people

Seeking Peace is a collaboration between Tearfund UK and The Warehouse, which invites participants on a journey of exploring the story of God within the contexts of their communities, their history and their world.

With clear descriptions, theology and suggestions on methodology, Seeking Peace provides a guide to Bible studies and reading scripture in places of historical and geographical significance. It aims to create spaces where people can share current concerns and develop tools for re-reading their stories in the bigger story of God at work in the world. This resource is designed to create space for collective rather than individual journeys, ideally with diverse groups of people. 

If you would like to arrange a pilgrimage for your church group, or would like to attend another one hosted by the Warehouse, please contact us directly and we’d be happy to help. 

Seeking Peace Pilgrimage

The Warehouse team will facilitate and lead an existing Seeking Peace pilgrimage for groups who are interested.

Seeking Peace Manual

The PDF version of the manual can be downloaded at no cost.  
The cost for a hard copy of Seeking Peace is R180 (R200 if mailed in RSA).

Customised Pilgrimage

The Warehouse team can consult with you to develop your own pilgrimage

What does the Bible say about Apartheid? In South Africa, when we asked this question, we found that the Bible was used in turn to ignore, defend and oppose Apartheid. When we asked what the Bible had to say about human enslavement, the Bible was used to both support and oppose slavery. When we asked what the Bible says about women leadership in the church, the Bible was used to both support and oppose women in leadership. To simply ask the questions, ‘Is it biblical?’ or ‘What does the Bible say about…?’ does not help us live in faithful obedience. We need to develop other tools and ask different questions of scripture in order to deepen our understanding of who God is, drawing us into lives of obedience.

Throughout the history of the church, context has played an important role in determining the conclusions we have come to when we answer the question, ‘What does the Bible say about…?’ For theologians answering this question, their time in history, nationality, socio-economic and political contexts significantly influenced the conclusions they reached. It is critical for every generation and every community to do their own readings and studies of God’s word together. Each must ask the question afresh, ‘What does the Bible say about …?’ so that we can join in the work that God is doing now in our neighbourhood.

To this end, we want to reflect on how, where and why God worked in scripture; how, where and why God worked in history; and so better expose to us, how, where and why we can collaborate with God in our world, making the story of God bigger, more visible to us, bearing prophetic witness to those around us.

Through this resource, we are promoting a three-fold interconnected pilgrimage. This approach can be used in any order, to connect the following three ‘texts’:

  • You may have a group that has a keen interest in your historical context. In this case, they may be asking how they can link their faith to their historical contextin order to better understand how to faithfully live in the present.
  • You may be a leader of a community or church group who has a concern for issues and challenges within your neighbourhood or contemporary context. These issues may include, for example, unemployment, poverty, food security, education, climate change or civil war, etc. Bear in mind that these issues might have commemoration days that help link them to an historical event or person, or may have active expressions of where these issues are being addressed in life-giving ways, for example, a local food garden at a historical place of conflict.
  • You may be a leader in a Bible study group that has a particular interest in understanding what our sacred text has to say to the social, political or economic issues and challenges that we face today. These could include, for example, unemployment, poverty, food security, education, climate change, civil war, etc.