MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund

May 18, 2020 by

This tax season — which the IRS has extended to July 15 — Mennonite Church USA is highlighting its Church Peace Tax Fund, formerly known as the War Tax Alternative Fund, in an effort to re-engage...

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A peace tax fund

Apr 20, 2020 by

Shouldn’t taxpayers have the right not to kill? When we pay our taxes that underwrite warmaking, we are participating in all the killing, destruction and displacement that war involves. Taxpayers praying for...

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The price of war

Jan 27, 2020 by

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California tweeted on Jan. 5, “While Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office, the president is focused on removing terrorists from the face of the earth.” How...

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We can resist

May 27, 2019 by

There are at least three reasons I support the H.A. Penner/John Stoner proposal (“We’ll Pay for Peace,” April 15) of discussing a Church Peace Tax Fund at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas...

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Visionary proposal

May 13, 2019 by

As a war-tax resister for a half century, I welcome John Stoner and Harold A. Penner’s visionary Church Peace Tax Fund proposal (“We’ll Pay for Peace,” print edition, April 15). Paying for weapons...

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Longhurst: Canadian war-tax resisters

Apr 29, 2019 by

Like other Canadians, every year Ernie and Charlotte Wiens file their taxes. Unlike others, the LaSalle, Man., farming couple doesn’t send the federal government everything it says they owe — the part that...

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Midyear retreat and My Lai

Apr 10, 2019 by

I went on a Mennonite Central Committee mid-year retreat March 22-24 to Hoi An, a once-crucial port city in central Vietnam that is now pretty much solely a tourist town. When we first arrived in Vietnam we...

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Is now the time to create a ‘Church Peace Tax Fund’?

Mar 28, 2019 by and

That’s the subject of one of the seminars being offered at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 2-6 in Kansas City, Mo. In response to Jesus’ exhortation to love enemies (Matt. 5:44), this seminar...

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Must we pay the price of blood?

Mar 18, 2019 by

Life is full of choices. One of ours is to resist war taxes. In our first year of marriage we protested militarism by writing to members of Congress but still making federal tax payments. In the 1960s, while...

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Watson: Who is ‘entitled’?

Mar 26, 2018 by

It has become politically trendy to separate the deserving poor from the supposedly undeserving. This is evident in calls for work requirements for Medicare; in Ben Carson’s comment last year that public...

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The tax reform we need

Jan 15, 2018 by

The pliable instructions Jesus gives for paying taxes leave plenty of room for interpretation: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt....

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Miller: Enough to give more

Jan 15, 2018 by

Every December, my partner, John, and I review our charitable giving and develop a budget for the year ahead. We’ve found developing a budget requires us think about what organizations, including our local...

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Nonprofits weigh impact of tax law

Jan 8, 2018 by and

Some nonprofit organizations worry the tax bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 21 will result in fewer donations. Charitable giving remains tax deductible, but a doubling of the standard deduction...

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Justifying selfishness

Dec 4, 2017 by

Perhaps the economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) understood it best when, referring to trickle-down economics, he said, “If you feed enough oats to the horse, some will pass through to feed the...

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Longhurst: Valuable social assets

Jul 31, 2017 by

One and a half billion dollars. That’s how much the places of worship are worth in Winnipeg, Man., where I live. That figure comes from what is called the “halo effect,” the value of the social,...

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MWR speaker: Politics needs Anabaptist voice

Mar 16, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — A former Kansas budget director who served both Democrat and Republican governors says the question for Anabaptists is not “Should we be political?” but “How should we be...

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Pray for Gaza

Aug 18, 2014 by

The Gaza situation is the result of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s aggression, fully supported by the U.S. government and its client states. May all those responsible for these crimes repent....

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