Colombians pray with rebels who’ve laid down their weapons

Nov 19, 2018 by and

BOGOTA, Colombia — The group stood in a prayer circle, holding hands. Some of the hands, figuratively, were likely bloody. They were the hands of guerrillas — high-ranking, longtime members of FARC, the...

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No need for sticker shock

Nov 19, 2018 by and

Weapons have no place in churches, whether they are carried by someone concerned with harm or with self-defense. Followers of the God of peace are right to indicate this in a visible way. It is true that a...

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Synagogue songs embrace Jewish neighbors

Nov 19, 2018 by and

First Mennonite Church of San Francisco found itself in a unique position to offer support to a Jewish community shaken by the Oct. 27 shooting that killed 11 people and wounded six at Tree of Life synagogue...

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Churches discuss response to lethal threats

Nov 5, 2018 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — As Mennonites gathered in a church basement Oct. 27 to discuss how they might respond to a shooter in their church, cell phones buzzed with news of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The...

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Statement on shooting at Tree of Life synagogue

Nov 5, 2018 by

Throughout this year a group of us within Mennonite Church USA has been meeting to discuss Mennonite and Jewish relations. We are pastors, scholars and laypeople. Some of us work for Mennonite agencies and...

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Commemoration at the Presidio

Oct 26, 2018 by

Recently I had the privilege of being asked to speak in San Francisco at the event, Presidio 27: “Mutiny” at the Stockade. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the peaceful sit-down by 27 Army...

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Kraybill: Respect for Jews, Palestinians

Sep 24, 2018 by

“At that time the Canaanites were in the land.” With that casual aside, the biblical account of Abraham and Sarah arriving in Canaan states that the territory already was populated. “To your offspring I...

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Book review: ‘Education with the Grain of the Universe’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Over the past several decades, one remarkable initiative in Mennonite higher education has been in the new academic field of peace and conflict studies. Mennonite schools across North America — from Fresno...

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No space for force

Aug 27, 2018 by

The flaming, flying wheel came out of the sky to whisk Ezekiel off on a grand journey. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning. The “rims...

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Washington Witness: Getting serious about Korean peace

Jul 30, 2018 by

“If you’re going to be serious about peace, then you need to be serious about peacebuilding,” the congressional staffer said. He sat across the imposing Senate conference table the day after the summit...

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Peace network overdue

Jul 30, 2018 by

For five centuries, Anabaptists have faced the challenge of pursuing peace. On every continent, in every culture, a defining trait that sets them apart is a commitment to nonviolence. Many conferences and...

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Evana solidifies collaborative vision

Jul 9, 2018 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — At 3 years old, the Evana Network is solidifying its identity as a collaborator with other Anabaptist denominations. During a delegate session at Evana’s third ReGen convention, held June...

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South Korea recognizes rights of COs

Jul 9, 2018 by and

The Constitutional Court of Korea brought an end to 70 years of imprisoning conscientious objectors when it ruled June 28 that it is unconstitutional for South Korea not to offer alternative service options...

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Summit questions

Jul 2, 2018 by

It is unfortunate that President Trump’s pronouncement to end military exercises with South Korea was not included in the agreement he and the North Korean leader signed June 12. Steps to be taken by both...

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New York City skateboarders receive a blessing

Jun 26, 2018 by and

NEW YORK — Blessings abounded at the inaugural “Blessing of the Skateboards” outdoor worship service of Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship on June 17. Those blessed included about a dozen youth who skated...

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U.N. Witness: Preventing war, one bridge at a time

May 7, 2018 by

As a Vietnamese Mennonite working for peace, I have found Matt. 26:52 — “Put your sword back into its place” — a significant verse. Everybody knows war is terrible, and we should work to prevent...

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Seeking reconciliation in Vietnam

Apr 19, 2018 by

I was amazed during my recent trip to Vietnam to see how the Vietnamese people have moved beyond the war and are committed to seeking reconciliation with Americans. Despite the horrific pain and hardship their...

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In Ukraine, families of fallen soldiers find comfort

Apr 9, 2018 by and

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief. This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova’s story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the...

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Abortion and peace

Mar 12, 2018 by

Celeste Kennel-Shank’s flexible position on permitting abortion is outrageous and unthinkable (“To Strive for Life,” Living Simply column, Feb. 26). I joined the Mennonite church because I believe Jesus...

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Dear President Trump: Promote peace with North Korea

Feb 23, 2018 by

Honorable President Trump, I write to you because of my deep concern for this great nation and our world. There are many who think that you are primarily motivated by your concern about public image and power....

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Pushing nuclear buttons

Jan 15, 2018 by

On New Year’s Day, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed “a nuclear button is always on the desk in my office.” In this respect he is no different from any other commander of a nuclear power —...

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Ending the Forever War

Jan 5, 2018 by

We are now facing what some people are beginning to call the “Forever War.” Whatever or whoever or however it is we are fighting, the war just keeps going on and on and on. Afghanistan has now...

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Workers build peace in South Korea, piece by piece

Dec 18, 2017 by and

As tensions between nations rise and world leaders threaten war, peacemakers all over the world work to make peace on Earth a reality. Jae Young Lee and Karen Spicher, Mennonite Mission Network mission...

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Book review: ‘The Internationalists’

Dec 18, 2017 by

Mennonite peace activists in the 1930s were a small part of an international peace movement to promote the Kellogg-Briand treaty. That treaty, passed in 1928, had made war illegal. At Buhler High School in...

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Good news for Jerusalem?

Dec 12, 2017 by

My wife and I have led 13 groups of college students to the Middle East since 1991 as part of Eastern Mennonite University’s required cross-cultural program. During the semester-long immersive travel, we...

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