For a week, the Block Bunnies ruled

Jun 29, 2020 by

There was no escaping the wailing sirens, thumping helicopters, growling military trucks, stinging smoke and, every now and then, the hollow pop of a pistol. For a week in Minneapolis, it went on and on. And...

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African American group urges denomination to address racial injustice

Jun 29, 2020 by

The African American Mennonite Association called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA congregations, which are predominately white, to be involved in healing and reconciliation amid the protests that erupted...

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Weaponized peace ignores racial pain

Jun 29, 2020 by

To the white eye, fires of protest violence might have illuminated only criminal destruction, not 400 years of oppression suffered by nonwhite people in the United States. As a result, some Anabaptists might...

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Kraybill: Even Jesus protested

Jun 29, 2020 by

When leaders become unjust or blasphemous, people of conscience protest. Jesus once broke furniture at the temple when he saw merchants turning the place into a den of thieves. Whatever we make of that...

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Neighbors confront violence, racism

Jun 29, 2020 by and

George Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for about eight minutes. Three days later, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building was...

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Twenty bucks or billions?

Jun 22, 2020 by

Twenty bucks started the sequence of events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in the custody of four police officers. Floyd was accused of passing a counterfeit bill at a nearby store....

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Scripture sacrilege

Jun 15, 2020 by

As dozens of cities burned across the United States June 1, the president needed a distraction. Donald Trump put down his twittering device, left his bunker and ordered police and military forces to use rubber...

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Volunteers helping after riots

Jun 15, 2020 by and

Mennonites in Minnesota have been lending a hand in Minneapolis neighborhood cleanup efforts after the city was rocked by violent riots and peaceful protests beginning the day after George Floyd, a black man,...

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Comfortably white

Jun 15, 2020 by

I’m a visionary. A generalist. A dreamer. Some of that is my personality. It’s also a privilege of whiteness. I can afford to have my head in the clouds and talk broadly about “shalom” and the Beloved...

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On the streets, protest becomes the church

Jun 12, 2020 by and

PASADENA, Calif. — No cars can get through the traffic light at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue this afternoon because a handful of black Americans, led by a preteen named Sebastian, are dancing in...

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Love doesn’t cancel anger at injustice

Jun 10, 2020 by

Amid the recent events ­surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA joins in mourning and lament. We lament that...

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We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Jun 10, 2020 by and

It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am...

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Turmoil in Ecuador

Oct 14, 2019 by and

Ecuador has generally been a very peaceful and politically stable nation, compared to its close neighbors, Colombia and Peru. Delicia and I have been serving the past four years with Mennonite Mission Network...

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Some MCC workers leave Haiti as violence escalates

Oct 14, 2019 by and

Violent protests and political turmoil in Haiti have prompted several Mennonite Central Committee workers to leave the country as the unrest interrupts work and causes safety concerns. MCC representative...

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Hong Kong Mennonites seek the peace of the city

Sep 9, 2019 by and

As protests bring millions of citizens into Hong Kong’s streets, the city’s tiny Mennonite population is praying peaceful tactics will prevail. Demonstrations began in early June, when a bill was...

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Activist women

Jul 22, 2019 by

Our neighbor in Philadelphia grew up in Wolf Point, Mont. Over dinner in their home recently, he told us a story of how women from the Mennonite community organized themselves to put pressure on his town’s...

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Yoder-Short: Rizpah’s protest

Nov 19, 2018 by

“Woman’s Pro­test Exposes Cruel Political Ploy.” This could be a headline for the present day or for the story of Rizpah. We don’t hear much about Rizpah. Her perplexing narrative is found in 2 Sam....

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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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Poor People’s Campaign calls for moral revival

Jul 2, 2018 by and

Members of Mennonite churches in multiple states were arrested in connection to nationwide protests in May and June. Forty days of protests and nonviolent direct action in at least 30 states were local...

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Subversive singers use hymns as protest

Jan 22, 2018 by and

After weeks of planning and selecting their targets, members of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco entered the bank and handed staff a note with their demands. What happened wasn’t a heist but a hymn...

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Anthem directive sparks disagreement at Tabor

Nov 17, 2017 by and

In the week after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Oct. 8 in protest of athletes kneeling during the national anthem to challenge racial injustice, Tabor College coaches received an email...

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Freedom to protest

Nov 6, 2017 by

I would be ashamed to watch football players injure each other’s brains. But I compliment African-American and other players protesting racial injustice by refusing to stand for the national anthem. They...

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Powell: The power of kneeling

Oct 30, 2017 by

Americans and Anabaptists, we have a problem. It’s a race problem. We’ve begun to have a conversation about racial injustice and the killing of black folks. But the issue keeps changing. Recently the...

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