Washington Witness: Hope disrupting hostility

Nov 20, 2017 by

For years, a wall of isolation between the United States and North Korea has been steadily building. The Korean War never officially ended, and it has been followed by decades of economic sanctions and frozen...

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An Anabaptist response to gun violence

Nov 14, 2017 by

There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting business-as-usual...

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Color vision of a conscientious objector

Nov 8, 2017 by

In the summer of 2010, I was in basic training at the Air Force Academy. I had heard that it was said, “war is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.” I also believed in the Bible, but it seemed to...

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Yoder-Short: Too much bloodshed

Nov 6, 2017 by

Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech, that I must live among the tents of Kedar. Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. — Psalm...

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Opinion: Bridging the differences

Nov 6, 2017 by and

For the broader Mennonite community, the work of Mennonite Central Committee often looks like relief sale auctions, Ten Thousand Villages stores and quilt blitzes. And all carry out the mission of MCC: a...

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U.N. Witness: Not by power

Oct 9, 2017 by

Here on the 10th floor of the Church Center for the United Nations building, a handful of Mennonite Central Committee staff and volunteers seek to be an Anabaptist voice to the nations of the world. Not long...

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Yahweh Has Always Been a Peacenik

Oct 5, 2017 by

Where did Jesus get his inspiration? From the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, of course. Little of what Jesus said was original with him. His genius was not so much in the substance of his sayings as in...

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Book review: ‘The Radical Muslim and Mennonite’

Sep 11, 2017 by

During a Muslim-Christian peacemaking meeting in Indonesia in 2003, Mesach Krisetya, president of Mennonite World Conference, made a speech. Seeking to dismantle negative stereotypes of Christians —...

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Book review: ‘A Vietnam Presence’

Aug 28, 2017 by

Beyond the history books, articles, memoirs and novels published about the U.S. war in Vietnam, Luke S. Martin’s A Vietnam Presence stands apart, presenting an entirely new context. Martin takes a forceful...

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MCC U.S. statement on white supremacy and racism

Aug 21, 2017 by

Mennonite Central Committee is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and...

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I pity the fool

Aug 18, 2017 by

Where do you locate evil? In the aftermath of the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., it’s easy to point to places where evil was active: evil was marching down the streets, under...

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Charlottesville unrest an opportunity to act, reflect

Aug 17, 2017 by and

In the wake of violent clashes surrounding a white nationalist rally that turned deadly Aug. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va., individuals and groups connected to the weekend’s events are finding varied ways to...

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Before you punch a Nazi: A new Anabaptist response to white supremacy

Aug 15, 2017 by

There isn’t much to be surprised by in Charlottesville. There’s much to grieve, but none of it should be a surprise. All the elements of Saturday’s events have been in headlines for months, or years, and...

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Kraybill: Letting the other guy win

Jul 31, 2017 by

With wars festering in many countries, and continuing conflict over land in the West Bank, I pray for political leaders who have the reconciling spirit of Abraham. Shortly after returning to Canaan from Egypt,...

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Youth convention challenged to love enemies

Jul 5, 2017 by , and

ORLANDO, Fla. — A powerful testimony of loving enemies made Mennonite Church USA Youth Convention attendees shed tears and give a standing ovation Wednesday evening. Via live video, John and Michele Sharp of...

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The ‘Christian’ politics of stone-throwing

Jul 5, 2017 by

One of the challenges in any era is what to do when there is a difference of opinion. Two key areas come to mind: theology and politics. Yep, so-called Christian politics. When I was in my 20s, I deconstructed...

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How Christians can reduce and prevent terrorism

Jun 27, 2017 by

We live in a world that is sadly marked by violence and terrorism. It seems like very few days go by, if any at all, without some horrible act of terror or random violence. The lead-up to the 2016 U.S....

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History: The sun, the moon and truth

Jun 5, 2017 by

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” Attributed to Buddha, this was Zaida Catalan’s retweet on March 3, her last. Catalan, a United Nations expert from Sweden, died with...

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Egyptians welcome interfaith peace book

May 8, 2017 by and

Since 1980, A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk has helped Christians and Muslims cultivate mutual understanding. An event in Cairo opened doors for the book’s...

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Latin Americans learn conflict-response skills

Apr 10, 2017 by and

A Mennonite Brethren leader from Panama described why he was taking a course at SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City. “Our pastor was killed because of conflict over his...

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Passport for adventure

Apr 10, 2017 by

There are stories I don’t like to write because I don’t want them to be true. I wish the story about Michael J. Sharp wasn’t true. When I heard he was abducted, I felt grief in my chest and hope in my...

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We are still willing

Mar 31, 2017 by

I remember Michael J. Sharp (MJ) as a rambunctious junior high kid from the time we overlapped life at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center and Scottdale in Western Pennsylvania. I’ve been aware of his work...

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A life in pursuit of peace

Mar 29, 2017 by and

Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust...

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Bodies found in Congo; U.N. worker dead

Mar 28, 2017 by and

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found dead March 27. Multiple media outlets reported Congo communications minister Lambert Mende...

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Preach it! Gospel of peace heard more widely

Mar 13, 2017 by and

Preaching Peace, a ministry based out of Lancaster, Pa., is taking significant steps to broaden its scope and impact. Founded about a decade ago by Michael and Lorri Hardin, the organization launched an online...

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