Welcome to the November issue of PeaceSigns; I think you'll really enjoy it. Tis month we hear from our good friend Tom with a reflection on thankfulness. MCC Washington keeps us current on the situation in Columbia. And, of course, Otterville helps us take a fresh look at the world.
Also this month, Andre Gingerich Stoner helps us get practical on increasing the turnout for peacemaking events and activities, something all peacemakers are interested in! I've contributed a few words on "No Label Peacemaking" I hope you'll appreciate.
We've a got an interview in this issue I'm especially excited about. The Occupy Wall Street movement is well past the stage of being a flash in the pan. This movement and the issues it raises are at the center of national conversation. We thought you'd like to hear from a pastor about the Occupy movement. So we've got an interview with Duane Beck, pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church on his experience and reflections on Occupy. Duane is in his 40th year as a pastor etc, etc. He's my pastor as well and I continue to benefit from his Jesus-centered outlook. His response to Occupy is well worth reading.
One housekeeping note: last month we said goodbye to Lisa Amstutz , long-time PeaceSigns editor. This month we can say hello to Christopher Albanese, who answered a Facebook call for a proofreader. Christopher lives and works in Ohio, helping faith-based organizations and government work together for justice. Plus, he's a longtime reader of PeaceSigns. We're thankful to Chris for volunteering his time, and his jeweler's eye, to help keep PeaceSigns looking and reading good.
(Yes, the Peace and Justice Support Network does have a Facebook page! Next time you're online, look us up and give us a "like" <http://www.facebook.com/PJSNMennoniteUSA> . We use the Facebook page to keep conversations about peace going and also to offer occasional PeaceSigns extras.)
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