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Announcing our annual high school essay contest! The annual MCC U.S. Washington Office essay contest highlights the perspectives of youth on significant public policy issues and promotes the involvement of young people in faithful witness to government authorities.  The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age…

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By SunJu Lee Recently I had the privilege of meeting a group of women from Colombia who work with conscientious objectors in their country. The organization, Justapaz, works with the Mennonite Church of Colombia from an Anabaptist perspective, alongside other churches and social organizations. They support young men at different stages of the conscientious objection…

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The United States leads the world in defense spending, something that Republicans and Democrats alike have contributed to over the years.  Just how much does our government spend? Military spending is projected to come close to $600 billion in the 2015 fiscal year, which is by far the most of any country in the world.…

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On May 15, 2015, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. joined more than 25 other faith-based groups in expressing their concerns about the U.S. government’s lethal drones policy.  You can read the full text below, or view the entire letter and its’ signers here. RE: TARGETED LETHAL DRONES PROGRAM As senior leaders of our respective denominations and…

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By Joshua Russell Armed drones have become one of the weapons of choice for the United States over the past few years.  The rapid expansion of their use has not received a great deal of notice by the public in this country until recently. While some concerns over drones have been raised due to civilian…

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J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., joined other faith leaders this week in urging the U.S. government to address root causes of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The letter states: This week marks two significant anniversaries that should cause us to reflect on events that have contributed to the current…

Read more Address root causes of violence in Syria and Iraq: Faith leaders to President Obama