One Screen, Two Movies

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. There’s an idea kicking around called “One screen, two movies.” It’s an attempt to describe the state of our country. The basic thrust is that our country is watching the same events unfold (one screen), but at the same time understanding those events […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Organizational representatives affirm Anabaptists’ interfaith engagement

Note: This is a joint release of Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church USA, Eastern Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. By Emily Jones AKRON, Pennsylvania — “I think religious minorities in this country, no matter who they are, are feeling under threat,” said Trina Trotter Nussbaum, interim director […]

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 […]

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Church leaders make “Public Call to Protect All People”

(Mennonite Church USA) — “A Public Call to Protect All People,” issued by more than 50 Christian leaders from across the United States, notes concern with the “threatening” tone of recent political rhetoric and calls on congregations and other groups to deepen their engagement in the economic, social and political health of their local communities. […]

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 […]

Curriculum equips congregations for compassionate response to veterans

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — A six-week Sunday school curriculum — Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together — can help small groups and congregations who want to explore how the church can play a part in the healing journeys of returning veterans. The materials draw on biblical […]