Peace on the Hill – “A safe and propitious asylum”

by Tammy Alexander, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office Recent stories of immigrant children in cage-like structures at the border and photos of a father and his young daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River have pulled at our heartstrings and led to questions about U.S. policies toward those seeking asylum, or safety, at our borders.…

The bread of the Lord’s compassion

by Ron Byler We get our bread at the peril of our lives. – Lamentations 5:9 In Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine at the Mennonite Family Center, we hear Boris Letkemann share his family’s story of exile and homecoming. There was so much suffering and so much death. Boris remembers, they took his father and his father never returned.…

SERMON – Mr. Jesus’ Neighborhood

A sermon preached by Eve MacMaster at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, July 14, 2019 Lectionary texts: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25:1-10; Colossians 1;1-14; Luke 10:25-37 In the Old Testament reading, we heard part of Moses’ farewell speech.  He tells the Israelites that the commandments that God has given them are neither too hard to be carried out…

Balancing Acts: Tending the Garden

Editor’s Note: Tom Beutel, a regular contributor to PeaceSigns, is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Balancing Acts is a monthly feature of PeaceSigns. by Tom Beutel The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care…

Opinion – The Bugbear of Immigration

by Richard McMaster Immigration provided the wedge issue that right-wing parties in Europe and the United States had been seeking to win over older voters and poorer voters, neatly combining the desire for cultural continuity with anxieties about competition in the labor market.  This coalition of affluent old people and poorer white voters contributed significantly…