Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sr Anne Montgomery died August 27 - One of the first Plowshares 8, and still active in the plowshares until her death

Sr Anne Montgomery passed away August 27. She was part of the first plowshares action, Plowshares 8, 1980, and of quite a few plowshares actions after that. 

I did my first plowshares action together with her and Pershing Plowshares in 1984, I think it was her third. When we met in holdings cells around court hearings, I remember her attitude towards guards as firm and friendly, she taught me a no-excuses-resistance which I try to share here in Sweden! This Saturday two days before she passed away, I mentioned her as my main nonviolent-model in an exercise during the Swedish Nonviolent Camp (organized by Swedish FOR, and the Fig Tree Community-a Jona House and Catholic Worker community in Gothenburg).

Peace, love and resistance,
Per Herngren
from Pershing Plowshares, and a few plowshares actions in Europe

Read more about Anne Montgomery:

Anne Montgomery, rscj: Peace is her passion

Anne Montgomery « Disarmnowplowshares's Blog

Dear Friends,

Our dear friend and partner in peacemaking, Anne Montgomery, RSCJ,
passed away this morning in the company of a loving community.  The
embodiment of Agape Love, Sr. Anne worked tirelessly to create a just
and peaceful world for all.  The Society of the Sacred Heart posted
the following memorial, which will be followed by a full obituary
shortly.  I will post them at Disarm Now Plowshares

Sr. Anne leaves a beautiful legacy.  The rich tapestry that was her
life is a gift to us all.


Anne Montgomery, RSCJ

Birth: November 30, 1926
Profession: March 5, 1951
Death: August 27, 2012

Our sister, Anne Montgomery, RSCJ, went home to God this morning,
Monday, August 27. Funeral arrangements are pending. A full obituary
will be posted shortly.

Please join us in praying for Sister Montgomery:

Beloved, into your hands,
we humbly entrust our sister Anne.
In this life you embraced her with your tender and faithful love;
Deliver her now from every evil
and bid her safely home.

God of blessings,
source of all holiness,
the voice of your Spirit has drawn countless men and women
to follow Jesus Christ
and to bind themselves to you
with ready will and loving heart.

Look with mercy on Anne
who sought to fulfill her vows to you,
and grant her the reward promised to all good and faithful servants.
May she rejoice in the company of the saints
and with them praise you forever.


Photo:  Anne leaving the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in May 2011

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Arrested by Swedish police at Pentecost service on SAAB Microwave - May 27 2012

A pastor, an usher and a parishioner were arrested

by Swedish police during a Pentecost service on SAAB Microwave

The three active in the Covenant Church, vine and fig tree planters and plowshares, were arrested in the midst of a Pentecost service at the military company SAAB Microwave, Sweden, on the 27th of May 2012. They were released after 45 min, 7.15-8 pm.

The Holy Communion service took place at SAAB Micorwaves (Mölndal, Sweden), a company that makes radar for military use. A Swedish vine was planted as part of the service. Three persons were taken into custody as they climbed the fence. The three were Pastor Leif Herngren, (Covenant Church Björkö), Claesgöran Johnson, (Rosa Huset Lövgärdets Covenant Church) and the usher for the Pentecost service Per Herngren.
A priest in the Church of Sweden, Sara Blom, who preached during the service was not arrested, neither was Pastor Bengt Andréasson who conducted the service.
SAAB Microwave is the fifth largest supplier of military radar in the world and supplied fire-control systems used in the war in Iraq. During the service all kind of protest and negative messages were avoided, see Postprotest.
”We had good conversations with the police during our time in custody, as well as with the guards from Microwave” says Leif Herngren. ”My legs became stiff from sitting down in the police van, so I was allowed to stand outside.”
”We managed to plant one Scandinavian species of vine plant before we were arrested.” says Claesgöran Johnson. "And complete the communion and the church service", adds Per Herngren.

Planting of vine and fig trees

Inspired by the prophet Micah, we choose to plant vine and fig trees as a part of Pentecost. The prophets of the Bible as well as those of today choose shocking methods to show how we can live together with justice and solidarity. To start to live the kingdom of God, here and now, at the places where violence and oppression prevails.
”They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig-tree, and no-one will make him afraid.” or her. (Micah 4:3-4)

Life that gives life to all

With Pentecost the body of Christ starts to breathe and come to life. The Church enters into the world, gives life, solidarity and community. It claims life. And therefore the Church is met with resistance and protest. After Easter the Church was hidden, afraid, introvert and focused upon itself and its members. But with Pentecost the Church transforms to a life for Life. Now the Church breathes were breathing is hindered. Now life starts blooming, life claims life where death prevails. 
After Pentecost the Church meets with resistance and protest. Stoning, imprisonment and executions follow directly on the change of direction outward, starting with Pentecost. Since the living Church claims life where people are being threatened and oppressed, the Church is always met with resistance. Pentecost, as the living of life, the life that doesn’t make excuses, will imply prosecution. The resistance begins with Pentecost.

Organizers of the Pentecost service

Rosa Huset Lövgärdets missionskyrka (parish of Covenant Church of Sweden) ,
Bengt Andreasson pastor of Rosa Huset,
Sara Blom priest in the Church of Sweden,
Leif Herngren pastor of Covenant Church of Sweden,
The Fig Tree Resistance Community of Hammarkullen – A Jona House and Catholic Worker community in Sweden,
The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, Göteborg,
Per Herngren of the Fig Tree Resistance Community and part of Swedish Plowshares.
Local chapter of Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation.