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Responding to War
War is a very complex subject which demands a response from all of us. Deciding how to respond is a spiritual challenge for which we are seldom ready. This page will draw together resources to help craft a response whether you are visiting this page as an individual, or as a leader needing to resource a group. The links to other sites offered here are intended to assist you in your search for resources, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.
"Repairing the military commissions act" article by CPACS faculty member Duane Ruth-Heffelbower published as an FPU Scholars Speak piece December 18, 2006.
KSEE channel 24 news report on the FPU reaction to the Iraq war. These Quicktime movie clips are offered in four sizes for different connection speeds. All require the free Quicktime Player. LAN connection | DSL/Cable | slow | really slow. Video ©2003 KSEE used by permission.
- The Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA.
- Mennonite Central Committee war response
- US Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies. We live in a world of violence and armament. What do Mennonite Brethren believe about peacemaking?
Article 13: Love and Nonresistance
God's Community of Peace Believers believe that God in Christ reconciles people to himself and to one another, making peace through the cross. The church is a fellowship of redeemed people living by love. Our bond with other believers of Jesus transcends all racial, social and national barriers.
We seek to be agents of reconciliation in all relationships, to practice love of enemies as taught by Christ, to be peacemakers in all situations. We view violence in its many different forms as contradictory to the new nature of the Christian. We believe that the evil and inhumane nature of violence is contrary to the gospel of love and peace. In times of national conscription or war, we believe we are called to give alternative service where possible. Alleviating suffering, reducing strife, and promoting justice are ways of demonstrating Christ's love.
Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 5:17-28; Matthew 38-48; Romans 12:9-21; Romans 13:8-10; I Peter 2:19-23. For more information, see Article 13 of our confession of faith.
U.S. Government sites
Last modified October 17, 2007.