MCC aid gives Syrians reason to stay

Sep 21, 2015 by , and

Mennonite Central Committee is appealing for more funds to help meet basic human needs of Syrians who want to stay near their homes as large numbers leave the Middle East. For four years, the war in Syria has...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Sep 14, 2015 by and

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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7 years old, three wars

Sep 14, 2015 by

Mostafa is 7 years old and lives in Gaza. Last summer a missile from an F16 came through a window and damaged his home. Mostafa and other children tell their stories in a brief video put together by the...

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A disruption of natural order

Sep 10, 2015 by

Every day, it seems, the refugee crisis in Europe worsens. Every day, the headlines that jump out at me when I open my computer in the morning are grim and foreboding. It’s not at all hard to imagine things...

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Lasting ties in western Europe

Aug 31, 2015 by and

ENKENBACH, Germany — At the age of 85, Artur Regier vividly remembers the night he fled his family’s West Prussian farm. It was 1945, and he was 15 years old. With gunfire from the Russian army less than...

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Is pacifism enough?

Aug 31, 2015 by

There is a small village called Gangjeong on South Korea’s Jeju Island, the largest island of Korea. The island is in the middle of China and Japan. Every year more than 10 million tourists visit this...

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Necessary negotiations

Aug 31, 2015 by

It comes as no surprise that some members of Congress revile any compromise with Iran over nuclear capabilities. When U.S. political factions refuse to work together on nearly anything, accommodation with an...

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Just one expectation in Israel and Palestine

Jun 24, 2015 by

Great moments occur from time to time in our lives regardless of whether or not we notice them. One of my most recent moments happened during Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee’s two week...

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What about war?

Mar 30, 2015 by

The article on Choice Books (“100,000,000 Books,” Feb. 16) notes that Choice Books displays are in the Pentagon shopping area and in Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores. One book on the Choice...

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War without end

Mar 30, 2015 by

The U.S. military response to terrorism has not brought peace and stability to the Middle East but disintegration and disorder. The current enemy, the Islamic State, emerged from the Iraqi civil conflict,...

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Bethel student ponders lessons of military service, college

Mar 2, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — With American Sniper nominated for multiple Academy awards and Eddie Ray Routh standing trial for murder, one Bethel College senior has been thinking a lot about Chris Kyle lately. Kyle...

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Who defines the common good?

Feb 26, 2015 by

Who determines what is in the “common good” and “national interest”? These terms are themselves so flexible as to be rendered nearly useless. Depending on the definer and their...

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Opinion: An army of peacemakers

Feb 16, 2015 by and

Why not quadruple the size of Christian Peacemaker Teams? Actually, I’d like to see CPT increase a hundredfold. And there are reasons to think the time is right. Over the last several decades, there have...

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Thank you, Obama, for denouncing Christian violence

Feb 10, 2015 by

It seems some conservative Christians are up in arms because of something President Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5. After condemning ISIS and religiously-motivated violence in general,...

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What it means to be human

Feb 2, 2015 by

ALEPPO, Syria — This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of a mortar exploding. I said to myself, “A new day is started.” This is normal in Aleppo. I went to the kitchen, hoping to get some tea...

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Movie review: American Sniper

Jan 30, 2015 by

I’ve now watched two lousy Academy Award-nominated films in a row. But American Sniper is infinitely worse than Foxcatcher. Foxcatcher at least has its heart in the right place. It is trying in its...

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Peace is a calling

Jan 21, 2015 by

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. — Matthew 5:9 Just over 20 years ago, in a 100-day period, the genocide in Rwanda resulted in the deaths of almost 1 million Tutsis and...

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AMBS students join Fort Benning SOA witness

Jan 19, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — For the students who traveled from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary to Fort Benning, Ga., in November, the experience of witnessing for peace and justice raised questions while it...

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To the president, at war with Islamic State

Jan 5, 2015 by

Dear Mr. President: No doubt the group calling itself the Islamic State poses many challenges. Their actions are violent and horrifying to many people in the region and abroad. Your chosen path of military...

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If faced with this choice, what would you do?

Jan 5, 2015 by

In the second decade of the 21st century, something unforeseen arose among the Offspring of Gertrude and Menno. Congregations here and there began to call for a re-examination of the historic Mennonite peace...

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Your scapegoat “pacifism”

Dec 19, 2014 by

Dec. 12, a deputy editor of First Things, Matthew Schmitz, posted a rather unusual piece: “Our Partial Pacifism.” It starts out with the bold statement, “I am inclined to blame pacifism for...

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Burkina Faso thankful as peace returns

Dec 8, 2014 by and

Mennonite leaders in Burkina Faso are thanking God that peace returned quickly after violence led the West African nation’s president to resign. On Oct. 30, protestors marched on the presidential palace and...

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Scars remain

Nov 24, 2014 by

“East Germany” doesn’t translate well into German. Referring to Moscow’s western outpost as Ostdeutschland is still an easy way to stick out in the Vaterland — much like counting beginning with one...

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Can a pacifist wear a poppy?

Nov 10, 2014 by

The answer is yes — I’m a pacifist, and I wear one. A few others I know do, too. But many people who oppose war have ambivalent feelings about poppies. I think they’re afraid wearing one will...

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With women eligible for combat, is draft registration next?

Nov 10, 2014 by and

As Norway became the first NATO country to require women to register for the draft this month, it has American military analysts debating whether the U.S. could be on the verge of taking the same step, too. It...

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