Stories

An incessant demand

Like many Mennonites, I hold close the 16th-century stories of Anabaptist suffering. Like many I’m haunted all the more by the dangerous memory of the Cruciform One – ”Take up the cross, and follow me.” more/más/suite

Standing in Solidarity with the Wayana in the French Guyana

Lina lives in French Guyana, in a remote, rainforest community called Taluene on the Upper Maroni river. The food in Lina’s community is contaminated by gold mining. Like Indigenous Peoples around the globe, Linia’s people do not have title to their... more/más/suite

"Peace in my heart"

Esuno Kokoro uchini (The heart of Jesus is reflected in my heart). Esuno Heiwa uchini (I have the peace of Jesus in my heart). Mitsuru Ishido wrote this song to encourage Nasu Keiko, a fellow Mennonite church member who was sewing masks to donate to... more/más/suite

Solidarity and our interconnectedness

As I write these words, our world is embroiled in several struggles. First, we have been clutched by a global pandemic which has disrupted any sense of normalcy we may have assumed. Our second struggle is with overt expressions of deeply rooted... more/más/suite

Amnesty for Sangmin Lee

It was Tuesday, 31 December, the last day of the year 2019, when Sangmin Lee called me with excitement to report news of his amnesty. Early in 2014, Lee was sentenced to 18 months in prison for refusing, on the basis of his faith, to complete his... more/más/suite

Lessons from the crossfire: Remaining faithful to God’s peace

Colombia is in the early stages of a peace process signed in late 2016 between the largest guerilla group and the national government. Even though many of us had high hopes that the peace agreements would bring a turnaround in the country’s history... more/más/suite

帶來改變的和平之靈

如同一顆心臟有四個心房,世界大會的四個委員會在執事、信仰與生活、和平、與宣教四個領域,服事全球重洗派相關的眾教會。四個委員會為總議會提供諮詢、預備材料來協助會員教會、並裝備世界大會所屬各網絡或團契,為了共同的利益而一同事奉。以下是委員會從他們所著重的領域分享的信息。 Garcia Pedro Domingos 說,「如果我們是和平的教會,,我們也必須回應及幫助那些工作和經濟不穩定的人。」 Domingos 來自安果拉。他在和平委員會分享了他們國家的挑戰,... more/más/suite

擁抱脆弱

一間更新的和平教會會呼籲彼此重新委身,即使在面對敵人時亦是如此。建立溝通的橋樑就解決了不合一的問題。若無關係、無連繫,和平便無法滋長。若我們想與不同信仰或文化背景者往來,這是最基本的。 面對多元信仰與文化的重大挑戰之一,是我們對他人先入為主的想法與假設,這使我們無法看見他人也是天父兒女的價值。這是與他們互動時須先克服的挑戰。 款待陌生人這德行在促成跨越宗教與文化藩籬的了解方面,扮演了關鍵角色,教會有責任為交流互動的提供空間。然而,教會也必須體現陌生者的靈性,成為賓客,取了脆弱者的位置,這樣,... more/más/suite

上帝的教會與其和平使命

如同一顆心臟有四個心房,世界大會的四個委員會在執事、信仰與生活、和平、與宣教四個領域,服事全球重洗派相關的眾教會。四個委員會為總議會提供諮詢、預備材料來協助會員教會、並裝備世界大會所屬各網絡或團契,為了共同的利益而一同事奉。以下是委員會從他們所著重的領域分享的信息。 聖經中幾處簡明卻很有力的經文指導教會投入於它的和平、公義與和好的使命: 並且來傳和平的福音給你們遠處的人,也傳和平給那些近處的人 ,(以弗所2:17) 因他是我們的和平 (以弗所2:14) 又將勸人與他和好的使命賜給我們 (林後5... more/más/suite

Peace Sunday 2016

“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18). In a world ravaged by violence, it is not easy to be a Peace Church – a church dedicated to the ways of Christ’s peace. These ways require much intentionality,... more/más/suite

Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference considers Peace Network

Bogotá, Colombia – Conrad Grebel University College hosted academics, practitioners, artists and church workers at the inaugural Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival, 9–12 June 2016. In Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 203 people from 20... more/más/suite

Being a Peace Church: How are we doing?

We estimate that there are 9,500 congregations throughout the world that are part of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) family. These congregations are found in every continent and in every imaginable context. This means that there are,... more/más/suite

Recognizing our interconnectedness

Like the chambers of a heart, the four MWC commissions serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches, in the areas of deacons, faith and life, peace, mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the General Council, give... more/más/suite

JUST coffee in the Philippines

At one of the breakout sessions in MWC Assembly Gathered 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, last July, former and present MWC workers exchanged coffee from their respective countries during their reunion. Unbeknownst to many, one special brand traded... more/más/suite

Celebrating Peace Sunday: A call for people who sow peace in peace

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa – September 21 marked the International Day of Peace – an event observed around the world with the hope that global citizens may renew their desire to work for peace. Mennonite World Conference and its member churches... more/más/suite

Churches in Latin America call for prophetic peace witness

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa – As Mennonite World Conference (MWC) member churches celebrated Peace Sunday on 20 September 2015, they also recognized the ways in which peace continues to be wanting in their communities. In Colombia, Mennonite and... more/más/suite

We Cry (A prayer of lament)

We cry with those whose lands are ravaged from war. We cry with those who, because of war and violence, have already lost their home. We cry with those who leave behind what they know in search of a better life for their children and families. We... more/más/suite

Using violence against violence? Statement from a peace church perspective

In the face of the terror caused by the IS militias in Iraq and Syria, Western nations have reacted with air strikes and deliveries of weapons. A reaction that, given the atrocities described, has been widely accepted – also increasingly in churches... more/más/suite

MWC responds to urgent appeal from Middle East churches

Bogota, Colombia – In response to urgent appeals from the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon and from the Middle East Council of Churches, Mennonite World Conference issued a call for “a shower of prayer, solidarity... more/más/suite

Colombian peace group lends support to South Korean conscientious objector

Bogotá, Colombia – For Jenny Neme, director of Colombian Mennonite organization Justapaz (Just Peace), recent support for South Korean conscientious objector San-Ming Lee was a natural occurrence. It sprung out, she said, of an attempt to “seek... more/más/suite