Opinion: Talking ‘kimchi’ with North Koreans

Jun 19, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — I was grateful for the opportunity in early May to sit around the dinner table on a Manitoba farm and share a Mennonite feast with local friends, some Mennonite Central Committee colleagues...

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Spike in Colombian violence underlines ongoing need for peacebuilding, prayer

Jun 12, 2017 by and

Partners of Mennonite Central Committee in Colombia continue to walk with people affected by more than 50 years of violence as new armed conflict emerges even after a peace accord. Violence among armed groups...

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Michael J. Sharp’s unfinished peace mission

Apr 24, 2017 by and

Four months after Michael J. Sharp moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, he joined a small delegation that for six hours climbed a mountain in South Kivu Province to meet a leader of a major armed...

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In poorly educated South Sudan, MCC builds up schools

Sep 12, 2016 by , and

RUMBEK, South Sudan — When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed since...

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Former Church of the Brethren leader takes WCC post

Jul 18, 2016 by and

The former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in the United States is taking on a new global role. Stanley Noffsinger became director of the World Council of Churches July 1. The ecumenical body...

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Women share stories of ordination and peacebuilding

Aug 1, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anabaptist women discussed the dynamics of gender and theological identities in a variety of workshops at the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Marlene Epp said the Anabaptist peace...

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A gift of peace from the persecuted

Jul 24, 2015 by

Mennonite World Conference’s Global Youth Summit 2015 discussed gifts and calling July 17-19. One participant shared his church’s story of giving gifts of peace in response to persecution that affected...

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Former NFL player at the center of feeding others

Jun 22, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about...

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MCC flooding response unites former enemies

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Cornelius and Shauna Frantz of Pittsburgh came to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013, they expected to work with people who had experienced trauma during the country’s 1990s civil war. They...

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Can a peace church make peace within?

Feb 2, 2015 by

Some years ago, John Paul Lederach, international peacebuilder, received good advice from his young daughter before he went to a meeting to discuss his work in conciliation and peacebuilding: “Daddy, just...

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Palestine peace seeker shares goal

Sep 15, 2014 by

LOMBARD, Ill. — A Bethlehem peacemaker recently challenged Lombard Mennonite Church and guests to pursue people-to-people strategies for building peace. Zoughbi Zoughbi, director of Wi’am Palestinian...

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In bombing, MCC Nigeria sees signs of peace

Jun 2, 2014 by and

When Mugu Zakka Bako arrived at the scene of twin bomb blasts May 20 at a busy market in Jos, Nigeria, he saw more than the destruction, billowing smoke, injured people and charred remains. Bako saw Muslims...

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An evening of hope at the edge of war

Apr 28, 2014 by

It is often tempting to throw up one’s hands in despair as the United Nations, founded after World War II to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” seems helpless to even slow down the...

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