Gun Madness

  20 October -   
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.
Isabel Apawo Phiri at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly  

WCC acknowledges Mennonite churches’ work for peace

  30 July -   
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.
 

Churches seek life, peace, justice and dignity for Africa

  12 June -   
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.
 

Building peace amidst scars of war in South Sudan

  15 October -   
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.
 

Weapons of war to artifacts of peace

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

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

  16 March -   
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.
 

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

  5 March -   
“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.
Rev. Dr Fernando Enns speaking at IEPC last year (pic courtesy WCC)  

Security and international peace focus of WCC consultation

  11 February -   
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.
 

African Anglicans appeal for inter-faith peace

  10 February -   
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." 


participants at peace and security consultation (pic courtesy WCC)  

African churches address peace and security issues

  31 January -   
A World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Kigali discussed peace and security issues in Africa, with more than ninety church and ecumenical leaders. Together, they also reflected on Rwandan experiences of ethnic violence, genocide and church initiatives of reconciliation in the past.