Waging Peace in a World of War

The Meeting House church has started a 7-session study on Anabaptism, entitled  “Inglorious Pastors:  Waging Peace in a World of War.”

"In the sixteenth century a renegade group of Christian leaders rebelled against their own religion.  These dissenters called for the church to separate from the state and to reject all forms of violence.  They waged their war with weapons of peace, and many died for their radical cause of calling Christians back to the way of Christ.  Known as 'Anabaptists”' they dared to think that Jesus should be taken seriously when he taught his followers to turn the other cheek, love their enemies, and do good to those who hate them."

- from The Meeting House site

New study shows non-violence is best and most successful way to change governments

New research by Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth (HT to Rose Marie Berger writing for Sojourners in the US) on how nonviolence seems more successful than violent strategies in challenging regimes.

The study challenges the conventional wisdom that violent resistance against conventionally superior adversaries is the most effective way for resistance groups to achieve policy goals.

Peace Among the Peoples: Event

Peace Among the Peoples: Overcoming the Logic, Spirit and and Practice of Violence” is an ecumenical peace conference hosted by Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana July 28-31, 2010.  Inspired by the World Council of Churches’ Decade to Overcome Violence, the conference will bring together Christians of many persuasions in a focus on contemporary North American responses to war and violence. 

War Resisters Bill C-440 to receive second reading

Canada's War Resisters Support Campaign recently announced that Bill C-440 will receive second reading on May 25, 2010.  Bill C-440 is a private member’s bill moved by MP Gerard Kennedy and seconded by MP Bill Siksay.  If the bill eventually passes 3rd reading and becomes law, it would allow U.S. war resisters to remain in Canada and to apply for permanent residency.

Sowing hate and reaping death

– by Rami Elhanan on the eve of Alternative Remembrance Day of Fighter Combatants for Peace.

Shalom and good evening.

My name is Rami Elhanan. Thirteen years ago, on the afternoon of Thursday the fourth of September 1997, I lost my daughter, my Smadar, in a suicide attack on Ben-Yehuda street in Jerusalem. A beautiful sweet joyous 14 year old girl. My Smadar was the granddaughter of the militants for peace, General (Ret.) Matti Peled, one of those who made the breakthrough to Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. And she was murdered because we were not wise enough to preserve her safety in Matti’s way, the only correct and possible way – the way of peace and reconciliation.

Church Produces Peace Play/Dinner Theatre

Floradale Mennonite Church (Ontario) will present "Those Peace Shoes" a play/dinner theatre production about a sister and brother who act for peace in different ways, from April 9 - 11.

The congregation will used the event as a fundraiser to help settle a Palestinian refugee family in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

ChristianWeek Publishes Peace Tax story

"Christians who want less bang from their tax bucks are protesting Canada's military spending by withholding a portion of their taxes this year" says a ChristianWeek story today by Josiah Neufeld.

Check out the full story.

Local Mennonite Churches Call for Peaceful Response to White Supremacist Activity in Calgary

CALGARY - In the wake of violent demonstrations in previous years on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, Calgary church leaders are calling for peaceful responses to the rise in white supremacist activity in the city. The Joint Statement of the Calgary Mennonite Churches Concerning White Supremacist Activity in Calgary  issued today calls on Calgarians to “reject publicly and completely the doctrine of racial supremacy and hate” while affirming a belief in non-violence on both the part of white supremacists and anti-racist protestors.

Christian Peacemaker Teams Founder Dies

Gene Stoltzfus, founder of Christian Peacemaker Teams, died yesterday, March 11, 2010. He was director from it's founding in 1988 to 2004. Stoltzfus was born in 1940.

For more details, visit the Christian Peacemaker Teams web site.

Want peace? Meet one another, says Filmaker

"The first step for world peace is for people to meet each other," says Jehane Noujaim, film maker and photographer with degrees in visual arts and philosophy

Her 2004 film documentary Control Room, tells the story of Al Jazeera and its relations with the US Central Command (CENTCOM), as well as the other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Al Jazeera was accused of spreading American propaganda in the East, and being a proponent of terrorism in the West. Her web site states, "The military. The media. The war in Iraq. Who is making history?"

Noujaim tells the story of her efforts at testing and learning about peace on TED.

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