Contributed by J. Denny Weaver, In the movement to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery, reparations should be a part of the discussion. The historical facts are undeniable: land theft and multiple kinds of destruction committed against the bodies of Indigenous Peoples by Europeans. Of course, people alive today are not personally guilty of these multiple … Continue reading Reparations: An Atonement Connection
Janet Kroeker and Katerina Friesen, members of Mennonite congregations that have studied and lamented the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, created an addendum to the purchase agreement of a house one of them is selling and the other buying. We encourage others looking to buy or sell homes to be in conversation with local … Continue reading One Small Step Toward Reparations
A Oct. 10 article in the Washington Post has reported that a landmark law governing the adoption of Native American children that was designed to keep them within Native American families has been struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge in Texas. Says the article, “In an Oct. 4 ruling that has stunned Native … Continue reading Federal Court Ruling on the Indian Child Welfare Act
A group of people in Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- many of them Mennonites -- have been inspired by the people of Standing Rock to stand against a fracking pipeline going through their area. Here's an inspiring video about this resistance.
By Anita Amstutz United Nations investigative worker Michael Sharp, also known as MJ to his friends, went missing March 12 — abducted in the Congo, along with four Congolese and a Swedish colleague. Three were recently confirmed dead, found in a shallow grave. Even as the Mennonite and international community mourn Michael's tragic and untimely … Continue reading Honoring Michael Sharp
Seattle-based David Mesenbring is a public speaker, social entrepreneur and traveler who's worked as an anti-apartheid activist; Africa-focused grant maker; nonprofit founder; and social justice animator. A committed ecumenist, he was ordained by Africans after being raised Lutheran and is now an Episcopal priest. His volunteer passions include Oikocredit (a global cooperative that finances FairTrade … Continue reading Troubling questions
Helen Hudgens is a missionary kid raised among Aboriginal people in north Brazil. She is on the faculty of the North Park University School of Music in Chicago, where she co-directs the Gospel Choir. She is an Anabaptist living in intentional community and currently serves a Black Baptist church in Evanston. She is the proud … Continue reading Report from Standing Rock
The following article is a cross-post from Christian Peacemaker Teams. The original post from December 4, 2016, can be found here. By Tim Nafziger The U.S. Army corps of engineers has today, December 4, 2016 announced that they will deny key permits for the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and explore alternative routes, one … Continue reading The spiritual roots of resistance at Standing Rock run deep
Fellowship of Hope, a Mennonite congregation from Elkhart, Indiana, recently moved their bank account from Chase Bank after learning that it's one of the 38 banks that are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline through its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners. You may find the letter they wrote below to be helpful as you contemplate ways to be … Continue reading A Concrete Act of Solidarity with Standing Rock
Our Coalition member, Sarah Augustine, recently had an essay on "Urgency" published in The Mennonite on-line. Here's the link to the article.