Peace Sunday in Carlsbad, NM

September 25, 2013

ocotillo-103119_640I’m back in DC after a wonderful weekend in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The Carlsbad Mennonite Church invited me to speak at a “Peace Coffee House” on Saturday evening, followed by an opportunity to share during their Sunday morning worship service and then a session on how to do advocacy. It was a great example of how local congregations can work at peace and justice issues in their local community. Many thanks to those who so graciously hosted me, including a tour of Carlsbad Caverns!

And if your congregation has not yet used the Peace Sunday 2013 materials, you can still do so. You can find them online here.


Advocacy class at the GAP Institute

June 29, 2012

Last week Patricia Kisare and I led the first-ever “advocacy class” at the Global Anabaptist Peacebuilders (GAP) Institute, sponsored by West Coast MCC. We discussed why advocacy is important, explored Scripture passages about relating to the government, and learned how to do advocacy, from emails to congressional visits. We also got a chance to try it out, meeting with staff from Senator Feinstein’s and Senator Boxer’s district offices in Fresno and Sacramento. Thanks to a great group of students for sharing the week with us!


Fall Internships at the MCC Washington Office

July 16, 2010
U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

The Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office invites applications from prospective interns. Internships allow students and recent graduates to learn about the legislative issues that form the basis for MCC’s work in Washington and to participate in all aspects of office life and work.

More information is here. Applications for fall 2010 internships will be reviewed starting July 15.

To apply for an internship, please send an email to mccwash@mcc.org with the following information:

A cover letter that includes:

  • several paragraphs outlining your goals for the internship (and, if applicable, any connection with MCC or an Anabaptist congregation or school)
  • dates and how many hours/week you are available during that time;
  • whether your interest is in the domestic or international internship.

A copy of your resumé, along with names and contact information for two references.

Writing sample.

Please note that the MCC Washington Office is only able to provide a modest contribution for internships, generally enough to cover the cost of local transportation.

Possible fall 2010 projects include: working on databases of church and congressional contacts, promotion of MCC Washington resources, and some policy work on topics such as the environment, immigration, health care, Haiti, Colombia and/or Afghanistan. This list is subject to change.


Washington Office Internships

March 11, 2010

The Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office invites applications from prospective interns. Internships allow students and recent graduates to learn about the legislative issues that form the basis for MCC’s work in Washington and to participate in all aspects of office life and work.

More information, including how to apply, is available here.  Applications for summer 2010 internships will be reviewed beginning April 1.


“Love Notes from Cambodia”

August 20, 2008

Valerie Ong, who recently concluded a one-year fellowship with the Washington Office, writes a personal reflection for PeaceSigns from her recent trip to Cambodia.

I originally went to Cambodia to see the temples, stunning temples, and stunning they are. But it is the Cambodian people who awe me. I have never met a collective group of people as warm as Cambodians. They seem to be making the best of what they have. They don’t seem to harbor anger for all the injustice they’ve endured and continue to endure. Resilience and perhaps, unspoken hope for a better future push them to live each day with such grace. And that smile, oh boy, you’ve got to see it for yourself! You’ll fall in love too!

Valerie also discusses briefly her feelings of personal privilege and responsibility, as well as her cautious optimism about the work non-governmental organizations are doing to aid the people of Cambodia.


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