A letter from J Ron Byler, executive director, MCC U.S. 

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)

MCC’s work in relief, development and peace in the name of Christ takes many forms. We can– and do–help communities respond directly to the needs they see around them. But as Christians, I believe we also have a responsibility to address the systemic issues that contribute to these needs.

I am grateful for the vision of our Washington Office to speak to our government officials on behalf of Anabaptists about issues of injustice over the past 50 years and continuing today. The Washington Office also shares resources about these issues with constituency groups, and staff listen and learn as they interact with congregations and members.

Some among us will find MCC’s advocacy work to be “provocative.” So be it. That is our calling as Christians, says the writer to the Hebrews.

The work of advocacy, celebrated here in this commemorative issue, is one way we can encourage each other to love and good deeds.

Grace and peace,

J Ron Byler, executive director, MCC U.S.