Candidates petitioned on military spending

Dec 23, 2019 by

Mennonites were among more than 30 faith groups signing a joint letter Dec. 9 urging U.S. presidential candidates to reduce military spending. The letter says the “federal budget’s increasingly distorted...

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Peace gathering builds partnerships

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Boone, Mennonite Mission Network minister for peace and justice, believes 21st-century peacemaking is not about leaders setting the agenda. Rather, it’s about people in the...

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Love supreme, supreme danger

Feb 18, 2019 by

I’ve been catching up on the literature of Christian Peacemaker Teams. But today when I read their publications, I more often read the adjective “Christian” in reference to problematic nouns like...

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Workers seek to improve interfaith engagement

Mar 27, 2017 by and

AKRON, Pa. — As religious hostility, Islamophobia and anti-Semitic acts surge, a group of interfaith, peacemaking and mission workers from six Anabaptist agencies met to explore ways to improve interfaith...

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Opinion: Cruel checkpoints in Palestine

Jan 2, 2017 by

I joined Christian Peacemaker Teams-Palestine in 2002, where I wrote countless reports, met with State Department officials five times and visited 51 congressional offices — all resulting in little change to...

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Colombia has not become a model of success

May 9, 2016 by

Two articles on Colombia — “Whom to Thank for Hope?” by Levi Miller (Feb. 29) and “Co­lombia’s Turnaround” by How­ard LaFranchi (April 11) — left me deeply disturbed. I want to address three...

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Claiborne: Make holy mischief

Feb 22, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — For today’s Good Samaritans, lifting the wounded traveler out of the ditch is not enough, Shane Claiborne believes. They also need to fix the road. “We’re all called to be the Good...

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Refugees on Greek island inspire European CPT project

Oct 5, 2015 by and

Two years ago, Christian Peacemaker Teams saw a need on a small island in the Aegean Sea. In July, that hunch was confirmed when a refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos dramatically escalated. The...

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Opinion: An army of peacemakers

Feb 16, 2015 by and

Why not quadruple the size of Christian Peacemaker Teams? Actually, I’d like to see CPT increase a hundredfold. And there are reasons to think the time is right. Over the last several decades, there have...

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‘Come let us all unite to sing’ all night long

Dec 1, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Bobby Switz­er did not grow up going to church or singing, but he has become passionate about hymns and congregational music since coming to Goshen College four years ago. When he started the...

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Churches repudiate ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

Sep 29, 2014 by

SAN FRANCISCO — Church leaders from across the U.S. and Canada strategized about engaging the Mennonite church in the ecumenical effort to dismantle the “Doctrine of Discovery” Aug. 21-22. First...

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CPT aids refugees seeking safety in Iraqi Kurdistan

Sep 1, 2014 by and

Christian Peacemaker Teams reports the brutal violence of militant Islamic State forces in Iraq has not changed CPT’s goals of partnering to transform violence and oppression, but it has affected how they go...

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Jim Foley, IS and what I learned from being kidnapped

Aug 29, 2014 by

We sat on mats in a traditional sitting room in a remote village of northwestern Iraq. One of our captors guarded the door with his assault rifle at the other end of the room. We prayed, we sang silently and...

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Network seeks to mobilize Israel-Palestine peacemaking

Aug 12, 2014 by and

Mennonites have been building relationships in Israel-Palestine longer than many other Christian denominations but lack the churchwide efforts to work for peace in the Middle East that some denominations...

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Imagining ‘an alternative to the sword’

May 6, 2014 by

During the course I’m teaching at Messiah College, Historical Study of Peace, we’ve focused intently on American peace movements and tracked two different forms of peace activity within Christian...

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