For all you peacemakers headed to Orlando for the Mennonite Church USA convention, be sure to come to the seminars the Peace and Justice Support Network will be leading or sharing the stage.
Welcoming veterans in a peace church
Learn about the soul wounds many veterans carry, and find out how to walk alongside them on a path of healing.
Friday, July 7, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., 231C
Peace circles: steps to practical peacemaking
Looking for a way to integrate Scripture, community and active peacemaking? This 6-week, small group session will help you become agents of reconciliation wherever you are.
Wednesday, July 5, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 224H
Racism and the Church: Jesus wasn’t white
Stanley Green, Cindy Cumberbatch, Jason Boone
Jesus wasn’t white, so why is he usually portrayed that way?
Wednesday, July 5, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 231B
Making the Connections: Endless War There, Escalating Violence Here
Ajamu Baraka, Green Party Candidate for Vice-President, Editor and writer, Black Agenda Report; Jason Boone, Coordinating Minister, Peace and Justice Support Network; Facilitator: Rachel Nolt, Pastor, Akron Mennonite Church.
The Mennonite peace witness has become fragmented into disconnected messaging groups, each focused on a specific problem (e.g., gun violence, police brutality, racism, violence in the home, sexual violence, hostility toward refugees and immigrants, economic despair, eroding respect for the rule of law). Lost is a holistic understanding of how continuous war, war-supporting propaganda and militarism poison the soul; as Dr. M.L.King put it, “If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read “[war]”.” After describing the connections between endless war and the specific problems it generates, this seminar will call attendees and the broader church to greater integration of our efforts through a shared focus on endless war; substantial time for audience discussion.
Thursday, July 6, 8:15-9:15 a.m., 232C