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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Gun shots and privilege

Apr 4, 2017 by

On a recent Saturday as my wife and I rode motorcycles to Albuquerque, N.M., two people were shot in my neighborhood. According to my neighbors, dozens of shots were fired. Thirty-six hours later on Monday,...

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The many what-ifs of loving your neighbor

Jun 20, 2016 by

“Who is my neighbor?” I understand the lawyer’s need for a clear answer from Jesus. Jesus answers the question with the story of a Samaritan showing mercy to a wounded traveler. It seems easy. The person...

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Indiana Latinos, police pray together

Oct 26, 2015 by , and

ELKHART, Ind. — Gilberto Pérez Jr. didn’t like seeing a routine litany of run-ins between law enforcement officers and his Latino community in northern Indiana, so he did something about it. Speaking at a...

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A police officer questions pacifism

Oct 5, 2015 by

Police Officer: My theology totally lines up with your theology, except in one area: namely, your pacifism. I am a police officer, and it frankly seems obvious to me that there are times when it is proper, if...

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Pacifist policing and proactive discipleship

Sep 14, 2015 by

Felix Manz needs no introduction. Nearly 500 years after he was martyred in Zurich, his legacy is arguably the most enduring in Anabaptist/Mennonite history. Milton Whiteman, meanwhile, needs to be made known....

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Police brutality and Christian pacifist silence

Jul 29, 2015 by

When it comes right down to it, Anabaptist Christians can never justify siding with the police over a civilian. We are pacifist. It is a fundamental tenet of our faith that there is always an alternative to...

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Bethel talks focus on crime, race

Feb 16, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Charles Epp, professor of public affairs and administration at the University of Kansas, came back to his alma mater, Bethel College, to give presentations Feb. 8-9 on police treatment...

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I can’t breathe, but I’m listening

Dec 29, 2014 by

My son came home and told me that on his walk from school in our middle-class neighborhood, a police officer slowed down and tailed him and his two friends. His friends — one black, the other white —...

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