There’s always some dude on a horse

Jul 20, 2020 by

During a trip to Portugal, we were strolling around Lisbon when we walked past the statue of a Portuguese general. This military hero from long ago was astride a horse, with reins in one hand and a sword in...

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Campaign will seek to revive peace witness

Jul 13, 2020 by and

The Peace and Justice Support Network is collaborating with Mennonite Church USA staff, area conferences and peacemakers to create a movement: Mennonites Against Militarism. The planning stages of this...

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Women feel a draft

Jun 1, 2020 by

No one expects a military draft. The Pentagon doesn’t want one. The government hasn’t compelled anyone to fight since 1973. But in March, a national commission recommended requiring women to register for...

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MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund

May 18, 2020 by

This tax season — which the IRS has extended to July 15 — Mennonite Church USA is highlighting its Church Peace Tax Fund, formerly known as the War Tax Alternative Fund, in an effort to re-engage...

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Why do most Christians reject pacifism?

Oct 30, 2019 by

There are at least two major sets of reasons why most Christians reject pacifism: biblical arguments and general objections. And there are answers to all of them. Biblical arguments Jesus said, “I did not...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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A welcome disruption

Jan 21, 2019 by and

To Americans who’ve grown accustomed to long wars with no end in sight, it came as a shock when President Trump said on Dec. 19 that U.S. forces would leave Syria within 30 days. His advisers seemed as...

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Indiana school visitors counter military recruiting

Apr 17, 2017 by

ELKHART, Ind. — Because the U.S. military actively recruits in public schools, Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice is working to bring a counter message. “Nurturing Peace in our Community Schools”...

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An uneasy peace with Memorial Day

May 31, 2016 by

Being steeped in Anabaptism yet greatly appreciative of the liberties secured by the sacrifice of blood and treasure by millions of citizens over many years, I feel mental dissonance about Memorial...

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No to strike in Syria

Sep 16, 2013 by

More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s two-year civil war. The brutal conflict became a crime against humanity long before the gas attack that killed 1,400 civilians. But it took the chemical...

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