The Peace and Justice activities of the church express
the Pacifist and Anabaptist Mennonite vision of life in Christ and service in the world to which our
congregation is committed.
Peace and Justice activities include projects such as the following:
- Co-sponsoring and coordinating the Edgewood conference "Toward
a Peaceful World: How to Spread Nonviolence Locally and Globally"
in September 2003.
- Opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq:
Published, with support from other area organizations, a full-page ad in
the Sunday issue of the Wisconsin State Journal on September 15, 2002. Printed and distributed 1000
green yard signs winter 2002-2003. Participated in many letter-writing/faxing
campaigns and vigils/peaceful protests opposing the war on terrorism.
- Supporting the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process, especially through the work of the
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and
their Campaign for Secure Dwellings,
a project that is aimed at stopping
the demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli government.
Sponsored a congregation member as a CPT delegate to Hebron in July
2001. Co-sponsored the UW Campus Ministries visit of speaker Father
Elias Chacour in December 2001. Invited several local speakers on the
issue to speak at our church. Led congregational efforts to educate
our lawmakers on this issue.
- Participating in
the discussions of the future use of the lands of the Badger Army Ammunition
Plant: Composed a congregational letter
in support of the land use proposal of
The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance
(TSPCA, formerly Community Conservation Coalition for the Sauk Prairie or CCCSP).
- Collecting relief
kits for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
- Educating our youth
on Conscientious Objectorship: Invited Lindsy Diener and Eric
Meyer to speak.
See also: Mennonite Church Student Aid Fund for Non Registrants (SAFNR)
and MCC’s Ask A Vet.
- Supporting local
projects such as:
Why Do Mennonites Work For Peace?