U.N. Witness: Not by power

Oct 9, 2017 by

Here on the 10th floor of the Church Center for the United Nations building, a handful of Mennonite Central Committee staff and volunteers seek to be an Anabaptist voice to the nations of the world. Not long...

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U.N. Witness: Half an apology

Mar 13, 2017 by

On Dec. 1, the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office awaited the commencement of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the people of Haiti. After more than six years of advocacy...

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Ending Latin America’s longest conflict

Aug 15, 2016 by

The possible signing of a peace agreement between the guerrilla group FARC and the Colombian government brought for me, as a Colombian Mennonite, a sense of hope that the path to peace is starting in my...

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Palestine: a time for peace, a time for action

Jan 18, 2016 by

As 39 students from across the U.S. and Canada entered the Church Center for the United Nations, my colleagues and I happily welcomed each of them to the Mennonite Central Committee U.N. Office’s 20th annual...

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Helping enemies talk

Jun 22, 2015 by

The United Nations was established 70 years ago to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Although the U.N. has not banished war, it has provided a platform where 193 nations can engage in...

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Learning from farmers

Nov 24, 2014 by

When I applied for a Mennonite Voluntary Service position with the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations office in New York, I had no idea the agricultural roots I got from my Canadian Mennonite farmer...

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An evening of hope at the edge of war

Apr 28, 2014 by

It is often tempting to throw up one’s hands in despair as the United Nations, founded after World War II to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” seems helpless to even slow down the...

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