A life in pursuit of peace

Mar 29, 2017 by and

Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust...

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Canadian documentary tells CO stories

Jan 16, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — A film produced by the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives about conscientious objectors in World War II is garnering significant attention. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. recently aired The...

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Lessons from ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Nov 17, 2016 by

My husband, Stuart, and I saw Hacksaw Ridge, based on a true story, and both of us were tremendously moved, for similar although markedly different reasons. We were emotionally affected in spite of this being...

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War resisters part of World War I story, too

Oct 10, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The trophies and destruction left by battles are many, but items that tell the stories of war resisters are scarce. The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., is...

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Love thy neighbor: Helping veterans to heal

Nov 11, 2015 by

Once again, Veterans Day has arrived. For many, it is another day celebrating everyday militarism. Mennonites have long had an aversion to war and violence, and we find ourselves in an unpopular position on...

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Bethel student ponders lessons of military service, college

Mar 2, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — With American Sniper nominated for multiple Academy awards and Eddie Ray Routh standing trial for murder, one Bethel College senior has been thinking a lot about Chris Kyle lately. Kyle...

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Muslims, Mennonites and anti-religious backlash

Jan 14, 2015 by

Places of worship burned to the ground by arsonists. Increased police surveillance of neighborhoods where members of the community live. An entire group viewed with suspicion and animosity because of their...

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