Peace and Nonviolence

Photo by David Johanson

Photo by David Johanson

It is more difficult to try to make creative peace out of chaos than to try violently to overthrow the chaos.

This is why we lean toward violence at times of crisis. Yet we are called by Jesus to fight against our own natural urges to get back, exact revenge, settle scores, punish, or inflict harm in return.

Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA

Nonviolence and peace-making are components of Anabaptist theology.

The mission of the Peace & Justice Support Network is to proclaim and promote God’s desire for justice (Micah 6:8), Christ’s call to peacemaking (Matthew 5:9), and the Spirit’s reconciling work (Ephesians 2:11-22).

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

The Center works to encourage the nonviolent transformation of conflict in relationships in homes, workplaces, schools, churches, and throughout our world.

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy. CPT seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and in the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations. CPT projects connect intimately with the spiritual lives of constituent congregations. Gifts of prayer, money and time from these churches undergird CPT’s peacemaking ministries.

Anabaptist Views on Military Service

It is recommended that persons interested in establishing for the record their opposition to military service, or their status as conscientious objectors, review their responsibilities and obligations with a knowledgeable party. Under times of duress, it is not feasible suddenly to declare oneself a conscientious objector. There must be an evident history of such a commitment, as shown by church membership, public statements, letters to editors, etc. Historically, the Mennonite Church has addressed political and legal aspects of United States policy and law. The Mennonite Church USA Peace and Justice Support Network article on Advice to Conscientious Objectors Facing Draft Registration provides some sober recommendations.