Tag Archives: Black Lives Matter

Keeping the Peace

June 3, 2020 · 2:02 pm

My Mennonite heritage is something I have always been proud of. I am proud of our history of non-violence and our reputation for service. But I believe that our emphasis on peace has often been superficial. We value forgiveness, humility, and self-sacrifice without always taking into account the cost of those virtues. I am still trying to unlearn the idea that I can create peace by absorbing violence. I have to unlearn the idea that turning the other cheek is the end of the story. Because that leaves no room for justice, and that is not good news to the oppressed.

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I See You, I’m Sorry

May 29, 2020 · 1:51 pm

A man leaves a photograph at a memorial for George Floyd on Wednesday afternoon, after the death of Floyd on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota

When I read about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, I didn’t know what to say. What could I add to the conversation that hasn’t already been said a thousand times? Before I found the words, I learned about the murder of Breonna Taylor, and again didn’t know what to say. Now, the murder of George Floyd is in the news and I still have nothing to offer.

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