What does a historic peace church do when veterans want to join?

by Jordan Waidlich for Mennonite Church USA “Veterans know better than anybody,” said Bob Shelley, from Fort Collins, Colorado, “the value of the message that the Mennonite Church offers of peace.” It might seem counterintuitive, but Jason Boone, a peace and justice minister with Mennonite Mission Network, would agree. Boone has spent years researching the […]

Stigmatizing and separating, a parent’s plea

Jill Minter lives with her husband Douglas and daughter Laura in Louisville, Colorado. She works for the EPA as an environmental scientist, keeping drinking water clean and safe. She is also a passionate gardener, photographer, skier and traveler. This piece originally appeared on Anabaptist Disability Network‘s  Moving Beyond Ablesism column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the […]

Slavery at Angola

Cherelle M. Dessus is legislative assistant and communications coordinator in the MCC Washington Office. This piece originally appeared on MCC’s Peace on the Hill column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the Peace and Justice Support Network. As they slowly waved to me, I felt like a free black person in the North riding […]

A radical text for the times

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. Heading to the airport for an early morning flight, I grabbed the most radical, subversive, counter-cultural peace book I own to read on the plane. What was it? “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, of course. Hear me out […]

Resilient peacemaking

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. Are you exhausted yet? Exhausted from constantly looking at your phone for the latest news, from the constant stress that comes from uncertainty, from the emotion we feel for the most vulnerable in our society, from the feeling that you should be doing […]

Prayers. Sorrows. Peace.

              Keith Lyndaker Schlabach lives in Mt. Rainier, Maryland near Washington D.C. He divides his time between contemplative writing, wood inlay, and attempting to live out the peaceable kingdom as husband to Rachelle, father of two children and friend to several dogs, cats and a bunny. He is also the […]

The dividing wall of hostility

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. I have friends for whom the election of Donald Trump to president is a genuinely frightening event. They feel they will be targeted for harassment by the administration and its supporters on the basis of their skin color, gender, citizenship status, among other […]

Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: What’s your next step?

Jason Boon is coordinating minster of the Peace and Justice Support Network, a ministry of Mennonite Mission Network. People and congregations who have used the “Returning Veterans, Returning Hope” Curriculum are asking, What do we do now? While there isn’t a pattern or program to follow, here are some ideas on how your church can […]

Returning Veterans. Returning Hope: SHELTER44

This is the fourth post in a series featuring people, congregations and organizations working with veterans who have experienced the trauma of war. The Peace and Justice Support Network, a joint project of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA, offers a six week Sunday School curriculum, Returning Veterans, Returning Hope, focused on returning veterans […]