Peace on the Hill – Family separations are not only at the border

by Tammy Alexander, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office Stories of immigrant families separated at the border caught the public’s attention last month. The reports were certainly appalling: children crying after being forcibly taken from a parent, parents unable to locate children, inconsolable children forcibly drugged. Yet, as horrific as these stories are, it is important…

Balancing Acts: Words Matter

by Tom Beutel  Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. James 3:5a, NIV If you are familiar with the book of James in the New Testament, you probably think of it in terms of James’ focus on “faith and works” (See Peace Signs May 2018). James’ emphasis…

Sabbath

Peacemaking. Peacebuilding. Peacework. These words all have something in common. They denote action – making, building, work. This month PeaceSigns is taking a Sabbath. We ask that you, who DO the work of peace, do the same. The work of peace is stronger when it arises out of prayer and reflection. So BE. And may…

Der Untermensch

by Keith M. Lyndaker The term is almost 100 years old, first used by the Klansman Lothrop Stoddard in 1922 and then subsequently adopted by the Nazis. It means subhuman, or literally “under man.” It was used to describe those whom the Nazis deemed lesser beings, whose sole value in life was to be terminated…

Balancing Acts: What Good Is It…?

by Tom Beutel What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? James 2:14 NIV On All Hallows’ Eve, 1517,  a young Roman Catholic priest named Martin Luther nailed “a list of propositions for an academic disputation” to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg…

The Dehumanizing Effect of Labels

by Max Ediger Animals, terrorists, illegal immigrants, crisis actors, extremist, gook, etc. are all words that have something in common; they are dehumanizing labels we put on people we fear, distrust, hate or feel threatened by.  When we place labels like this on others, we no longer view them as a person we need to…