Christ’s invitation to live as peacemakers calls the church to embody the ministry of reconciliation that brings about God’s Shalom vision. MCC Peace Education provides resources and speakers to address a Biblically-rooted peace theology and encourage social justice projects as a response to Jesus’ call to be peacemakers. Browse our peacebuilding focus areas below to learn more about our programs and see how you can be involved in creating God’s shalom!
Conflict transformation training
We are called to be ministers of reconciliation, as Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 5:18, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation…” In response to this call, MCC offers resources for healthy dialogue training and conflict transformation. Through workshops, speaking engagements, Sunday School materials and other resources, we provide tools that help us integrate our response to conflict and difference with our discipleship.
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Peace education for young people
We believe that it’s important to invest in young people, and to begin teaching peacebuilding at a young age. We offer curriculum, seminars, conferences and peace camps to children, youth and young adults.
One of the ways we promote peacebuilding with young people is through Peace Camps. Children, teenagers and young adults learn to recognize conflict and use nonviolent approaches in their schools. Through stories and role plays, they learn about respect, self-esteem, different perspectives and creative ideas for responding to conflict and injustice. Currently, the Peace Camps being offered in the next year are:
- Colombia Peace Camp in Colombia, South America, June 25-July 11, 2020
- Mentorship Peace Camp at Camp Friedenswald (MI), Nov 6-6, 2020
- Young Adult Peace Conference in Chicago, IL, Nov 19-22, 2020
MCC photo/Colin Vandenberg
Gun violence prevention
Churches all around the country are seeing violence and guns affect their communities, be it through the news, mass shootings, suicide, neighborhood violence or other ways. As a people of God, we need to grapple with what a faithful response to this reality is.
The following are some ways MCC works to reduce violence and offer tools for others to partner in this important work:
- Offering resources for congregations to talk about guns. This includes a conversation guide for congregations to address this difficult and divisive topic and a theological resource to help congregations connect Biblical themes of peace to the reality of violence in today’s context.
- Partnering with RAWtools to offer peacemaker events. Read more about the program.
- Helping equip people to advocate for gun violence prevention.
MCC photo/RAW Tools
The Doctrine of Discovery education
The Doctrine of Discovery is the theological, philosophical and legal framework established by the Christian Church that gave European governments moral and legal rights to invade and seize Indigenous lands and dominate Indigenous peoples. MCC offers education and resources for congregations that address the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery through speaking opportunities, Loss of Turtle Island exercises and Doctrine of Discovery trainings.
The Loss of Turtle Island is a participatory learning experience that depicts the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants, of the land we now call the United States of America
- Central States
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