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…

Peace on the Hill – Forced To Flee

By Charissa Zehr Given all the rapid changes within immigration policy, much attention is rightly focused on how the U.S. treats asylum seekers and others arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Of particular concern is a newly minted policy that forcibly separates immigrant children from their parents. Equally significant are foreign policy moves happening south of…

What’s Illegal About Immigrants?

By Richard MacMaster A long story in the May 28 New York Times Magazine chronicled the troubles of a high school principal in a small Texas town who was accused of murdering his wife.  While he was struggling to prove his innocence, his pastor called on him to ask him to stay away from the church…