2019

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In a letter sent today to Congress, MCC U.S., Mennonite Church USA and 10 other U.S. Christian denominations and agencies affirmed “our strong support for the right to make decisions about the stewardship of our financial resources.” The letter continues: We are heartened by the introduction of H.Res. 496 (“Affirming that all Americans have the…

Read more Churches support right to use economic measures

September 3, 2019 An urgency and a responsibility to address climate change Mennonite Central Committee’s partners around the world detail in no uncertain terms how climate change is impacting their communities. In Latin America and the Caribbean, unpredictable seasonal rainfall and recurring drought are causing food shortages and contributing to increased migration. In sub-Saharan Africa,…

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Charline Kavugho shared the news that she and her two-year-old son, Jonathan, had been declared free of the Ebola virus, 17 days after her husband Gerome Kanyitondi died of an Ebola infection. Kanyitondi had been a pastor for the Community of Baptist Churches in Central Africa (CBCA). Kavugho was sharing her testimony with the Church…

Read more The urgency before us: A call for collaborative effort towards DR Congo

August 29, 2019 Read in Spanish Stories of hate, stories of hope El Paso A cruel mix of gun violence and anti-immigrant vitriol resulted in the deaths of 22 people in El Paso, Texas, on August 3 at the hands of a shooter clearly targeting Hispanics. In addition to the tragic loss of lives, the shooting…

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Humanity’s fixation with walls can be traced back to the world’s first recorded civilization – the Sumerians, who built a border wall circa 2100 B.C. – and is seen repeatedly throughout history in examples such as the Great Wall of China, the Long Walls of Athens and the Berlin Wall. Walls typically symbolize a power…

Read more Tear down these walls

Recent stories of immigrant children in cage-like structures at the border and photos of a father and his young daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River have pulled at our heartstrings and led to questions about U.S. policies toward those seeking asylum, or safety, at our borders. While the rhetoric has become increasingly polarized, it is important to remember that this…

Read more Peace on the Hill – “A safe and propitious asylum”