Contributors

Tammy Alexander is Senior Legislative Associate for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office.

Jason Boone is Coordinating Minister for the Peace and Justice Support Network.

Tom Beutel is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.), Northeastern University (M.S.) and Nova Southeastern University (Ph.D.). He and his wife Wendy attend Millersburg Mennonite Church in Millersburg, OH, Tom and Wendy live in Fredericktown, Ohio, and have five children living in various parts of the country: David (Hawaii), Katy (Nevada), Kevin (New York), Dan (Washington state) and Adam (Ohio). Tom has been involved in various peace and justice efforts, including Knox County Voices for Peace, MCUSA Great Lakes Peace and Justice Commission, and teaching peace both at the university and at church. Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2009, Tom has pursued an interest in the design of counted cross-stitch patterns and is currently published on several online sites and will be published (in 2012) by Heritage Crafts in Staffordshire, England. Tom’s leisure interests include reading, word and logic puzzles, board games, and gardening, and grandkids.

J. Ron Byler is the executive director for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and a volunteer staff person for Mennonite World Conference. He and his wife, Mim Shirk, live in Goshen, Indiana. They have an adult son, Jesse, and are members of the Eighth Street Mennonite Church, also in Goshen. Ron first became aware of the social implications of the gospel as a student at the Philadelphia campus of Messiah College where he worked with the center director and professor Ron Sider to form Evangelicals for George McGovern. Since then, he has worked for The Other Side magazine, American Friends Service Committee and several Mennonite organizations.

Brother James Dowd, ohc, is a monk of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. The  Order of the Holy Cross is a Benedictine monastic community in the Episcopal  Church. Brother James is the Director of Outreach and Peace Ministries for the monastery and has worked in these ministries for many years. “Peace Before The Sun Goes Down” is a monthly column focusing on the Spirituality of Peace Making. The title comes from the Rule of Benedict, written nearly 1,500 years ago which is the the basic Rule of Life for all Benedictine monks and nuns. It refers to chapter 4, verse 73 of St. Benedict’s Rule, in which he instructs his monks that “if you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Max Ediger lives in Cambodia and work exclusively with the Interfaith Cooperation Forum which is a regional forum bringing together young people of different faiths for dialogue and learning.  Most participants come from conflict areas in Asia and are actively working to build communities of justpeace. Max grew up in Oklahoma and has worked with MCC in Asia since 1971, although his first MCC term was in Burundi, 1966-68. He writes, “The emphasis of my work has been to find new and creative ways to work for justice and peace (‘justpeace’) from an Asian perspective.” You can visit his web site at < http://daga.dhs.org/max>

Jesse Epp-Fransen is the Legislative Assistant for Domestic Affairs for Mennonite Central Committee Washington, focusing on economic justice in the United States, crime and justice, civil rights and Native American concerns, he is also the communications coordinator. Jesse studied English literature and theology at Canadian Mennonite University before completing a master’s degree at University of Manitoba

Berry Friesen is from Lancaster PA.  He has worked as a teacher, attorney, lobbyist and MCC administrator.

Sherah-Leigh Gerber serves half-time as Coordinator of Volunteers for Ohio Conference, a role that includes working with the various Resource Teams. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, she has lived and worked in Indiana, Virginia, and she now resides in Kidron, Ohio with her husband and daughter. They attend Kidron Mennonite Church. In her spare time, Sherah-Leigh enjoys cooking, baking, and blogging about her kitchen adventures.

Justin Heinzekehr is a Ph.D. student in theology at Claremont Lincoln University. He explores the relationship between process theology and Anabaptist thought, specifically connections between postmodern philosophy and the distinctive ecclesiology, ethics, and theology of contemporary Anabaptism.

SeongHan Kim (PhD. Cand.) is on staff with Korea InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an area director in Chuncheon. His research interests lie at the intersection of missiology and peace studies. Currently he is working on the relationship between ethnic nationalism and Christianity in Korea.

Patricia Kisare is a former Legislative Associate for International Affairs at the MCC Washington Office.

Charles Kwuelum is Legislative Associate for International Affairs in the MCC U.S. Washington office.

Joanna Lois Albesa is a working Filipina student in Italy who aspires to be a businesswoman. She is a Christian – Born Again and enjoys writing about her life experiences to inspire the young people of her generation. She blogs at tornoutpage.com.

Lon Marshall  came late to Anabaptism, being a tech geek, and U2. He lives in Kalona Iowa, goes to church in the country, and works as a family therapist in the city. He’s married to Julie and has three daughters. Maddie is a freshman at EMU, Olivia a freshman
at IMS and the youngest, Sophie is teaching him how to quilt. Lon is learning what it means to live in the way of Jesus.

Jill Minter lives with her husband Douglas and daughter Laura in Louisville, Colorado. She works for the EPA as an environmental scientist keeping drinking water clean and safe. She is also a passionate gardener, photographer, skier and traveler.

Bert Newton attends Pasadena Mennontie Church and is author of Subversive Wisdom; Sociopolitical Dimensions of John’s Gospel.

Harold A. (“H.A.”) Penner, a member of the Akron (Pa.) Mennonite Church, is the Mennonite Church USA representative to and treasurer of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (http://peacetaxfund.org/He grew up on a dairy farm near Beatrice, Nebraska, and combined a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska with a Master of Divinity Degree from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary that resulted in a career as a church administrator. Professional activities have included serving two and a half years in Guatemala as the Central America Regional Representative for Church World Service, being the U.S. Program Director for Mennonite Central Committee, serving as the Business Manager/Treasurer of the Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary, and being the first Chief Executive Officer of the Nazareth Project, Inc., an interdenominational organization doing medical mission work in the Middle East. H.A. is married, the father of two grown children and a grandfather of two granddaughters. His interests and hobbies include traveling, reading, current events, photography, film production, tennis, bicycling and spectator sports.

Keith Lyndaker Schlabach lives in Mt. Rainier, MD near Washington DC. He divides his time between writing and attempting to live out the peaceable kingdom as husband to Rachelle, father of two children, and friend to two dogs and a bunny. He is the co-founder of PeaceGrooves, a project centered around the creation of alternative media, stories and games that reflect an Anabaptist nonviolent perspective.

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach serves as director of the Washington Office for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. She monitors U.S. policy related to the Middle East and militarism. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Goshen College, Rachelle enjoys music, crocheting,cooking (and perusing cookbooks for new recipes) in her spare time. She lives in Mount Rainier, Md., with her husband, Keith, and their two children.

Theo Sitther is the former legislative associate for international affairs at the Mennonite Central Committee’s Washington office. 

John K. Stoner lives in Akron, PA. He is officially retired, but continues his  vocation of peace activism. He has been a pastor, MCC Peace Section staff, and teacher. He gardens, grandparents and reads books.

Todd Gusler has served the church as both a pastor and Service Adventure leader.  He currently lives in sunny Elkhart, IN with his wife and daughter where he is in his final year of studies at AMBS.

Agnes Chen is the former Legislative Assistant and Communications Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office.

Lon Marshall is a Jesus follower, husband, father, and licensed marriage & family therapist living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Samantha E. Lioi is Peace and Justice Minister for Franconia and Eastern District Conferences. Previously, she served as an interim pastor in Champaign-Urbana, IL and as short-term Associate Pastor of Formation and Mission at Whitehall Mennonite Church, just north of Allentown.

Johonna Turner (née McCants) is an educator, cultural worker and scholar. She serves as Assistant Professor at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding where she teaches undergraduate, Masters’ level and training courses in conflict transformation and restorative justice. Johonna is animated by a passion to advance peace and justice within marginalized communities by building the capacity of neighborhood churches and investing in the leadership of young people. She resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia with the love of her life (aka her handsome husband).

Audrey Hindes is a native Californian living in Atlanta, Georgia.  She works at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in the Office of Student Programming.  Audrey has worked in theological education for 15 years, both in teaching and administration.  She has taught courses in biblical and religious studies, including Greek and Hebrew, at Fresno Pacific University and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary.  She also has taught Latin and logic at The Wilberforce School in Princeton, New Jersey.  Audrey earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, followed by a year of doctoral studies in Hebrew Bible at the London School of Theology.  She is a cooking instructor who is passionate about food, justice and hospitality.  Her favorite spiritual practices are centering prayer, lectio divina and examen, and she enjoys leading workshops and retreats.  She also loves to knit and has a gato (cat) named Cyrus.

Charissa Zehr is a Legislative Associate for International Affairs at the MCC U.S. Washington Office and focuses on Latin America & Asia policy.

Cara Ediger is serving in a two-year term with SIL-LEAD in Washington DC. LEAD stands for Language, Education, and Development. She began working with Wycliffe in Tanzania as a language surveyor. She is also affiliated with Mennonite Mission Network, a missionary organization with a similar denominational affiliation. She hopes to serve long-term with SIL-LEAD as a technical assistant, and international relations officer, as well as with LEAD Asia (writing web-content for LEAD Asia’s website).
Julian Turner is a writer, speaker, activist, and mentor.
Gloria Rhodes is Associate Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding of Eastern Mennonite University.
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