Bring the Peace
We are called to extend God’s holistic peace, proclaiming Christ’s redemption for the world with our lives. Through Christ, God frees the world from sin and offers reconciliation. We bear witness to this gift of peace by rejecting violence and resisting injustice in all forms, and in all places.
#BringThePeace is our prayer inviting God to bring the peace that expands our capacity for empathy, compassion and love that actively seeks to dismantle oppression and violence.
Learn more at https://www.mennoniteusa.org/bring-the-peace/
And Who is My Neighbor?
A new organization links 3 faiths for peace created a webinar and raised $2,300 from participants of all 3 faiths from the U.S., Canada, UK, Iran, and Israel for Covid relief in Iran in December. View the complete webinar.
Doug Hostetter, member of Evanston Mennonite, wrote in the December issue of Anabaptist World:
A small group of Canadian and U.S. Mennonites has been working for six months to find a way for Mennonites to contribute to COVID relief in Iran. In the process of our search, we discovered other Christians who shared that desire. We’ve joined together to found an ecumenical organization, LUKE 10 (in reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan) with leaders from Catholic, Protestant, evangelical and historic peace churches, to send aid and do peacebuilding with Iran.
With hostility growing between the governments of the United States and Iran, we realized peacebuilding between the peoples and faith traditions of these countries might be even more important than the modest amount of medical supplies we have been able to send to Iran.
The LUKE 10 board asked me to work with a former Iranian United Nations ambassador who still lives in New York to bring together a webinar with faith leaders from the U.S. and Iran as panelists and invite participants from Canada, the U.S., Iran and around the world. The subject of the webinar, the issue around which our organization had arisen, was the question asked of Jesus 2,000 years ago, “Who is my neighbor?”
At a time of mutual demonization, we were able to bring American Christians and Jews together with Iranian Muslims to discuss the profound question, “Who is my neighbor?” I believe it was a historic peacebuilding effort at a critical moment.
Ricky Byrd Concert
There will be a free online concert by a guitarist named Ricky Byrd. He was a member of the band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He is also a recovering alcoholic and addict and will have a one-hour session next Saturday where he will be speaking and performing on Zoom. He will likely be talking about recovery issues (he has an album devoted to it). It’s entitled a “Sober Event” and is at 7 p.m. next Saturday. The room ID is 829 4383 4218 and password is Unkadrunk.