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UNITED STATES: Acknowledging the dividing wall and respecting the call to abstain from the Mennonite convention in Phoenix.

n 2011, the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) announced that it would continue with plans to have the biennial church-wide convention 1-6 July 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, despite recent legislation passed in Arizona that put Latino Mennonites at risk of search and deportation if they “looked illegal.”  The MCUSA constituent group Iglesia Menonita Hispana (Hispanic Mennonite Church) stated that it was hurt by the symbolic message this sent to Latino Mennonites.  It further said that it would abstain from participation in the convention.





Ephesians 2:14-16 illustrates the way Jesus’ life, teaching, death and resurrection brought people from different ethnic and religious groups together.  Indeed Jesus’ call was broad, beautiful, and boundary-crossing.  It was not, however, without challenge as to how people from these different groups were to come together as part of the larger, new body. 

Jesus’ work of breaking the dividing wall that stood between people was not so much a naĂŻve “forget your differences and privileges” as it was a careful invitation to form new relationships.  These new relationships became possible through analyzing old tensions and building strong new bonds of care and community. 

Those who want to break down walls must accurately name and patiently examine the impact of entrenched inequality of power created by division.  Otherwise, we may be able to come together physically but as the dividing wall falls it may crush people entering the relationships.

UNITED STATES REFLECTION: Drones meet “The Human Face of War”

Mainstream media have finally begun to cover drone warfare as a feature of U.S. policy, due in part to Senator Rand Paul’s historic filibuster during the confirmation of CIA director John Brennan in March 2013.  The Upstate New York Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, however, has organized protests against Hancock National Air Guard Base near Syracuse, to raise awareness about Reaper drones, over the last three years.

IRAQ: Ten years of lamentation, partnering and action

Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, CPT,
together with uncounted Iraqi families, laments
the ongoing carnage that continues to echo from
that moment.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: Haudenosaunee, settlers to mark covenant's 400 years

Four hundred years after a landmark 
covenant between the Haudenosaunee
and European settlers, the earth and
many nations are hoping for a renewal
of commitments to honor it.

UNITED STATES: Drone crime whistleblowers convicted

A New York State court convicted 
fifteen citizens of trespass following
their attempt to interrupt war crimes
at a drone facility.

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 19, 2012

Join in the prayers of people pursuing social justice in the United States, including people touched by prisons, migration, homelessness, racism, sexism or other oppressions, struggling toward the "country that does not exist, of which we are citizens."

UNITED STATES: At home in beloved community

A weekend spent envisioning a
new democracy ends by singing
Rev. Martin Luther King's last
request.

BORDERLANDS: Humane Borders

The Sonoran Desert holds no evidence of human habitation beyond scattered artifacts of the ancient Hohokum civilization, spent shells from the nearby Barry Goldwater Bombing Range, a petroglyph site, and a couple flyovers by Border Patrol helicopters. But Isaiah's promise of protection and water is fulfilled there.

UNITED STATES REFLECTION: A breath before speaking

A personal encounter during a public witness action tests and deepens a facebook friendship.

 

  

USA-CANADA: Peace, Pies and Prophets to tour Ohio, western PA and...

After successful runs in eastern Pennsylvania and the Midwest, 
the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour is headed to western
Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana in September and October.
Booking in U.S. and Canadian venues is available through 2013.