News and notes for January.<read more>
Hysteria and the neighbors
by Susan Mark Landis
While traveling in California last week, my family unexpectedly drove past Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp, and stopped to learn more. I came away wondering if the fear and prejudice that led to the confinement of 110,000 people during WWII could result in something similar again in this country.<read more>
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Something remarkable is happening in southern Sudan. After 50 years of civil wars that killed two million people and displaced millions more, the people of southern Sudan now have an opportunity to write a new chapter--a more peaceful chapter.<read more>
The world is at war, and it seems that our country is also at war with itself. There is so much division, so much anger, so much disinformation and confusion, and so much violence in our society. Will we ever be able to all sit down, listen to each other and in unity find a way to move toward a justpeace?<read more>
By Michael F. Lillie<read more>
Peace has become something of a buzzword these days. We wish one another peace during the holidays and commit to praying for peace in our world any time we hear news about violence. I opened my sermon last week with the phrase, "may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you." In the same way that Dietrich Bonhoeffer raised criticism about "cheap grace," I will take issue with what could be coined as "cheap peace."
Given the holiday we Americans commemorate in January, this was going to be a column that celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King and all that he and the many who pursue a life of nonviolence have achieved in these last several decades. But I find myself needing to focus not on what Dr King and others have accomplished, but on the great deal of work we have yet to even begin. The need for nonviolence as a way of life is an unending struggle for the soul of this nation.<read more>
Tucson, Virginia Tech, Columbine...I could go on and on...
Glen Stassen and David Gushee, in their book, Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, emphasize the teachings of Jesus as found in the Sermon on the Mount as being transforming initiatives. Each of the major teachings gives a traditional teaching, a vicious cycle, and a transforming initiative which breaks the vicious cycle.<read more>
I got this puzzle at the MCC Sale in Fresno, California, years ago. Before this Christmas, I had never put it together. I didn't even know what it looked like. It came in an old box, with a label on it that said, "Two Dutch Girls--A Real Wooden Puzzle."<read more>
Despite having written about slowing down in my December PeaceSigns article <http://peace.mennolink.org/cgi-bin/m.pl?a=803>, I struggled to finish making all my homemade gifts, host and attend holiday gatherings, pack for our visit to California, and maintain some semblance of Advent preparation. Just at the point when I felt I might come apart at the seams, I took out this puzzle.
This month's prayer for peace was written by Bryce Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship in Tucson, Arizona.<read more>
Find out what readers had to say about our December issue.<read more>