MB non-participation in consultation regretful

Nov 11, 2019 by

I write on behalf of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, Calif., and with the endorsement of our church council in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service.” First, I...

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MBs have retreated from Anabaptist roots

Nov 11, 2019 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ refusal to act in solidarity with virtually all other Mennonite groups in attempting to influence the National Commission on Military, National and Public...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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Neglecting our duty?

May 27, 2019 by

When I was a student at Hess­ton College in the 1960s, America was at war with North Vietnam. Many Mennonite young men did alternative service instead of being drafted into the military. In recent years,...

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Today’s peace churches

May 27, 2019 by

Historic Peace Churches are an exclusive club. Beginning with a 1935 conference bringing together Mennonite, Quaker and Church of the Brethren representatives, the “big three” have never added a...

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Celebrating 50 years in Canada

Jan 9, 2019 by

Sam Steiner and I went out for lunch in early November to celebrate his 50th anniversary of arriving in Canada as a Vietnam-era draft resister. Back in Indiana, I had been part of what we would now call an...

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War-refusal heritage

Jan 7, 2019 by

This is an idea for a Christian education effort to remind us what kind of denomination we are: Name Sept. 14 as the day U.S. peace churches succeeded in requesting a legal alternative to participation in war....

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With women eligible for combat, is draft registration next?

Nov 10, 2014 by and

As Norway became the first NATO country to require women to register for the draft this month, it has American military analysts debating whether the U.S. could be on the verge of taking the same step, too. It...

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