Seeking peace in our homes, communities and world
January 25, 2012
WASHINGTON – In response to the ever-present politics of fear in many places around the globe, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. has begun a three-year education campaign called, “Fear not: Seek peace.” This initiative, which started in July 2011, addresses fear and violence in our homes, our communities and our world.
“Fear not” provides educational materials and worship and advocacy resources focused on domestic violence, gun violence and U.S. militarism. Resources, action ideas and other information on all topics are at mcc.org/FearNot  and available through the duration of the campaign.
The campaign is grounded in the biblical calling in Isaiah 41:10a: “Do not fear, for I am with you.”
The website articulates this theological rationale: “The Bible offers us an alternative way of understanding security, promising that God is present with us. Because of this we need not live in fear and can put our trust in God, rather than in human rulers or weapons.”
Primary emphasis is given in this initial year to “Fear not: Seek peace” in our homes, with similar attention in the next two years to community and the world, respectively.
Regarding peace in the home, the booklet “Created Equal: Women and Men in the Image of God” addresses the biblical understanding of equality between men and women and provides questions for further discussion and reflection.
Also, “Abuse: Response and prevention – a guide for church leaders” is a resource that can be used to help congregations be proactive about abuse prevention. Both are available free from MCC U.S. (https://resources.mcc.org/ )
“Peace Sunday” worship resources are available for use on a Sunday of a congregation’s choosing. A call to worship, prayers, hymns, Scripture passages and a children’s story bring together the theme of addressing domestic violence.
Building on Psalm 9:9: “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble,” Jorge Vielman, MCC Great Lakes regional associate, emphasized that “the church should be a nest of safety where people within our community who are hurting can come for hope, healing and care.”
The second year of the campaign, focusing on peace in the community, will address gun violence and seek to engage constituents in new and inventive methods of combating violence.
The third year, peace in the world, will concentrate on U.S. militarism and its impact on people all across the globe.
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