Peace and War

Articles that pertain to issues of Peace and War.

Gun Madness

Jesus did not come to tell us that wars would cease, in fact he said there would be wars and rumours of war. He was a realist about human nature, well aware of the causes and consequences of violence and strife. But he taught us about an alternative way of being in the world. In the midst of a violent society ruled over by a ruthless empire he told them that peace makers are blessed, that peace makers are truly God's children.

"Rachel is weeping for her children;

she refuses to be comforted because they are no more..." (Jeremiah 31:15-17)

"Blessed are the peacemakers." (Matthew 5:1-11)

After the shooting of children in a school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, 2012, Isobel wrote a poem based on our reading from Jeremiah today.  It is published in her new poetry anthology.

For all of Rachel’s children, weep, oh weep,          

This time a gunman came and with one sweep

WCC acknowledges Mennonite churches’ work for peace

Isabel Apawo Phiri at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly
Contributions by Mennonites to the ecumenical movement were acknowledged with appreciation by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during her address at the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

24 July 2015

Contributions by Mennonites to the ecumenical movement were acknowledged with appreciation by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during her address at the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

“The ecumenical family learns from your commitment to a theology of peace,” said Phiri, while addressing the assembly on 23 July, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Churches seek life, peace, justice and dignity for Africa

At the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), church leaders from more than forty African countries have asked how they can rise up against the shackles of the colonial legacy, conflicts, poverty, class struggles and political upheavals, to unlock Africa's immense potential.

At the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), church leaders from more than forty African countries have asked how they can rise up against the shackles of the colonial legacy, conflicts, poverty, class struggles and political upheavals, to unlock Africa's immense potential.

 

These questions were addressed by more than a thousand church representatives in Kampala, Uganda, at the AACC's 10th Assembly titled “God of life, lead Africa to peace, justice and dignity”, 3 to 9 June.

 

Building peace amidst scars of war in South Sudan

After fleeing aerial bombings and living in a refugee camp in Uganda for 14 years, Caesaer Hakim and his family were excited that the day to return home had finally arrived.

By Gladys Terichow

 

After fleeing aerial bombings and living in a refugee camp in Uganda for 14 years, Caesaer Hakim and his family were excited that the day to return home had finally arrived.

 

But when they got to their ancestral home in Opari they found another family living on their land.

 

Instruments of God's Peace

Matthew 26:47-52

“All who take the sword will perish by the sword.”

Weapons of war to artifacts of peace

The impact of war is felt long after specific hostilities exist and long after the global community has forgotten all about it.

Written by Bruno Baerg

The impact of war is felt long after specific hostilities exist and long after the global community has forgotten all about it.

This is particularly true in Mozambique some 18 years after the cessation of the apartheid Rhodesia / South African funded war of destabilization (1977-1992) in the country. Approx 1 million people were killed due to that conflict along with another approx 5 million people displaced. This had huge consequences which are still felt to this very day.

Violence erupts in Kenya; EMM and MCC respond with relief funds

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 25, and continuing for three days, about 2,000 youth, armed with machetes, attacked villages in inter-ethnic violence east of the city of Kisumu, Kenya, an area where the Kenya Mennonite Church has a strong presence.

By Debbi DiGennaro



Beginning Saturday, Feb. 25, and continuing for three days, about 2,000 youth, armed with machetes, attacked villages in inter-ethnic violence east of the city of Kisumu, Kenya, an area where the Kenya Mennonite Church has a strong presence.

Local Mennonite Bishop Clyde Agola immediately informed Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) workers in Kenya of the attacks. EMM and MCC responded promptly with $3,000 of emergency aid before other humanitarian aid groups were mobilized on site.

Churches say “No more violence in the name of God”

“Before God and our communities, we are responsible to Jews for the historical and ongoing realities of anti-Semitism, to Palestinians since the Nakba, to Muslim neighbours in the light of Islamophobia, to persons who are vulnerable, and to victims of colonial conquest, among others," said participants of a World Council of Churches (WCC) sponsored conference.

“Before God and our communities, we are responsible to Jews for the historical and ongoing realities of anti-Semitism, to Palestinians since the Nakba, to Muslim neighbours in the light of Islamophobia, to persons who are vulnerable, and to victims of colonial conquest, among others," said participants of a World Council of Churches (WCC) sponsored conference.

"Justice-oriented interpretation of the Bible will be the nature of responsibility,” reads the statement by participants.

Security and international peace focus of WCC consultation

Rev. Dr Fernando Enns speaking at IEPC last year (pic courtesy WCC)
A consultation on world peace and human security was convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on Thursday 9 February. The event precedes a two-day committee meeting charged with following up the report and recommendations of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, which brought 1,000 participants to Kingston, Jamaica in May 2011.

A consultation on world peace and human security was convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on Thursday 9 February. The event precedes a two-day committee meeting charged with following up the report and recommendations of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, which brought 1,000 participants to Kingston, Jamaica in May 2011.

The committee will suggest how the topic of just peace may be addressed during and after the 10th Assembly of the WCC, to be held in 2013 at Busan, Korea.

African Anglicans appeal for inter-faith peace

Anglican leaders from across Africa on 8 February made an emotional plea to Muslim faith leaders to stand with them in opposition to the "tragic violence that is destroying our communities." 



Anglican leaders from across Africa on 8 February made an emotional plea to Muslim faith leaders to stand with them in opposition to the "tragic violence that is destroying our communities." 



The appeal was issued at the end of a three-day meeting in Burundi of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) where Christian-Muslim conflict was high on the agenda, according to the Anglican Communion News Service. 



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