“If you pray for peace, why pay for war?”

Following peace prayers with action   Sylvia Shirk has been a Mennonite pastor since 1990. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a district pastor and court interpreter part-time. She enjoys living close to four grandchildren, two daughters and other family members.   Tax Day, April 15, has become one of my favorite […]

Brooklyn Peace Center

Renewing a NYC peace witness in perilous times

By Laurie Oswald Robinson, Mennonite Mission Network NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA) — When Mennonite Mission Network’s church-planting coach Mauricio Chenlo attended the 60th anniversary of Primera Iglesia Menonita de Brooklyn in New York City last August, he did not yet know the Spirit’s plans for the future. It did not […]

Radical Living garden program plants seeds with Brooklyn youth

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — On a sunny day in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, families gather at Calvary Fellowship AME Church to make fresh jam and eat together at the annual “Jam-boree.” Throughout the summer, youth prepare and tend to garden beds at the church where they eventually […]