Theology is ‘wrestling with the unfathomable mystery of God’, but to enlighten rather than to obscure, says Simon Barrow, paying tribute to two Mennonite scholars and pastors, Alan and Eleanor Kreider, as part of a festschrift entitled 'Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom'.
One hundred years ago, nonconformity and nonresistance were hallmarks of Mennonites’ peace witness. Today, Mennonites are more actively engaged in society, and the pursuit of justice is an essential part of peacemaking. How did this change come about?
Governments and agencies in the C21st “need to radically re-orient their policies away from armed force and violence as the prime determinants of social change,” says the beliefs and values think-tank Ekklesia, in the wake of the latest developments in Egypt and elsewhere.
Peace activists in Australia are continuing to put their bodies on the line in opposing their country's military involvement in Afghanistan, after Christian peacemakers scored an important moral victory.
While peace groups still lobby for the wall to come down in Israel and for countless other injustices to cease around the world, says Sande Ramage, the Waihopai 3 in Aotearioa/ New Zealand challenge us about just how radical our Christianity needs to be.