Weaponized peace ignores racial pain

Jun 29, 2020 by

To the white eye, fires of protest violence might have illuminated only criminal destruction, not 400 years of oppression suffered by nonwhite people in the United States. As a result, some Anabaptists might...

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Twenty bucks or billions?

Jun 22, 2020 by

Twenty bucks started the sequence of events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in the custody of four police officers. Floyd was accused of passing a counterfeit bill at a nearby store....

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Love doesn’t cancel anger at injustice

Jun 10, 2020 by

Amid the recent events ­surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA joins in mourning and lament. We lament that...

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We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Jun 10, 2020 by and

It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am...

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Kennel-Shank: Activism and tech

Apr 6, 2020 by

The young woman on the book cover holds the trunk of a tree and looks out from its branches. Julia Butterfly Hill’s The Legacy of Luna details the two years she spent living high aloft on a platform inside a...

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Understanding and responding to Middle East anger

Jan 15, 2020 by

A defining moment for me in understanding the Middle East was the four nights of bombing I endured as a humanitarian worker in Baghdad in 1998. I’ll never forget that terrifying experience: lying on the...

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Andres: Hijacked by outrage

Nov 11, 2019 by

In a recent NPR story, “How Outrage is Hijacking Our Culture and Minds,” Shankar Vedantam reported on research by New York University psychologist Jay Van Bavel that examines the relationship between...

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The wisdom from above is peaceable

Jan 28, 2019 by

Sometimes my head hurts with the clamor of the world around me. Social media is full of arguing — people are angry and opinionated and sure that everyone else is wrong. Families divide over differences,...

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On fallibility

Jan 23, 2019 by

Earlier this month, I started watching the Polish Netflix original series 1983, which imagines a future where the Iron Curtain is still standing and Poland is a police state. I’m only a few episodes in, so...

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From a focus on anger to a focus on love

Jan 16, 2019 by

Anyone who knows me or sees me, knows me as that activist human who is very political. In the fall I finished an internship at the Indiana Democratic Party that I had since the beginning of June. I have loved...

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Cruel words as agents of change

Jan 4, 2016 by

Those were your words. You know not, you can scarcely conceive, how they have tortured me. — Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice I find it discouraging when rude people (myself included) are right...

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Where can anger live?

Oct 2, 2015 by

My friend made plans to come over. Before she arrived, she sent me a text warning me that the “well-meaning” white folks at her para-ministry job made her especially mad that day. She then added,...

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God is not sad

Aug 25, 2015 by

A recent Christian trend was to pray something similar to, “Lord, let my heart break for the things that break your heart.” It was usually a prayer asking for increased empathy toward the poor,...

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Antidote to anger

Mar 3, 2014 by

Then bubbling up from the inner depths is the one thing we did not want, a biting and bitter spirit. — Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline It’s unfortunate we can’t harness this world’s anger...

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