2016 was quite a year.
In March we noted the sober anniversary of five years of war in Syria.
In the summer the Supreme Court tied on a crucial immigration case, dashing the hopes of millions who would have received some protection from deportation.
Decades of civil war in Colombia finally came to an end with a peace accord that was narrowly rejected by voters, then re-worked and approved.
Native peoples from many tribes and their allies came together to protect their water and speak out against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
And then, of course, there was the U.S. election, full of contentious rhetoric and laying bare the divides within our nation.
Throughout it all, our staff worked hard to ensure that a voice of compassion, justice and peace was heard in the halls of Congress and the administration.
We welcomed Mennonites and others to the Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference. Our staff attended the national assemblies of the Brethren in Christ and U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren. We met with groups of high school and college students and spoke in local congregations.
In this environment of uncertainty, animosity and division, much work remains.
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