To put love in action, Mennonite Church USA makes a list

Jul 10, 2017 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — For 3,200 people at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 4-8, “Love Is a Verb” was more than a grammar lesson. The week’s theme focused on the basic truth that Christian faith is...

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Israel-Palestine statement takes a ‘third way’

Jul 6, 2017 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 6 overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Israel-Palestine, confessing “our own complicity in this web of violence, injustice and suffering” and...

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Palestinian Mennonite seeks peace through respect

Jan 30, 2017 by and

Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-American who attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa., spoke at a New York City synagogue on Nov. 29. He spoke in favor of Palestinian nationalism — a message he...

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Balancing act

Jan 16, 2017 by

Staking out a middle ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict virtually guarantees a barrage of hostility. Angry words flew last month between staunch allies Israel and the United States over a United...

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Couple take ‘pro-Israel’ stance against occupation

Aug 1, 2016 by and

Aquifers in the West Bank, Palestine, hold enough water to supply its inhabitants, but distribution is controlled by the Israeli government. Most of the water is directed toward neighboring Israel and the...

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First for divestment

Aug 1, 2016 by

The resolution on Israel-Palestine that Mennonite Church Canada delegates passed July 9 stands in sharp contrast to Mennonite Church USA’s failure to approve a similar statement a year ago. The U.S....

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Stand with Palestinian Christians

Apr 25, 2016 by

J. Nelson Kraybill fails to mention (“Coercive economic actions are ineffective in Israel/Palestine conflict,” March 28) that the Palestinian church is advocating for BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions)...

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Opinion: Coercive economic actions are ineffective in Israel/Palestine conflict

Mar 28, 2016 by

I share the longing of many others in the Mennonite church for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and I grieve the suffering of Palestinian people. But I have reservations about the...

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Stay neutral on BDS

Jan 18, 2016 by

In the MWR conversation about joining or not joining the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement, it was suggested that “whether or not we support divestment, we need to focus on investment in the work of...

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Invest in peacemakers

Jan 4, 2016 by

Two recent MWR opinion pieces on the Israel-Palestine conflict show the need to focus on where we agree. The first (“Resolution on Mideast Harms Efforts for Peace for All Faiths,” Oct. 26) linked the...

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Justice denied

Dec 7, 2015 by

When an argument relies upon fictions and fabrications — as does the opposition to BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) by Philipp Gollner, Andrew Elias Ramer and James Regier — there is no valid argument. The...

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Opinion: Surge of momentum halted

Aug 17, 2015 by and

Last month, Mennonite Church USA convention delegates delayed voting for two years on a resolution proposed by the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network calling for “withdrawing investments from corporations...

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Need to divest

Aug 3, 2015 by

The Mennonite Church USA convention’s decision to table the Israel divestment resolution is both surprising and disappointing. I have long realized some Mennonites are caught up with Christian Zionism but...

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Delegates oppose drone warfare, table Israel divestment

Jul 2, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 1 overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing drone warfare and tabled a resolution to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli...

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