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Peace education

The church in the U.S. continues to face challenges over how to respond faithfully to the biblical call to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14). MCC U.S. peace education work nurtures a commitment to Christ’s way of peace among youth and adults, promotes critical self-reflection on how our faith leads us to build peace rather than join our nation’s pursuit of war and builds capacity for the biblical commitment to peace and non-violence at individual and systemic levels through:

  • Encouraging practical and creative peacemaking in response to the militarization and violence of our community, economic and political life.
  • Developing peace education materials and providing information on conscientious objection to military service and military taxes.
  • Supporting and facilitating peace education and advocacy in cooperation with supporting denominations, MCC U.S. regions and groups such as the Center on Conscience and War.
  • Participating in the GI Rights Hotline (1-877-447-4487), which provides information to military personnel about discharge options.

Conscientious objection

Ask a veteran about faith, military service and peace. toward peace

A witness for peace with redirected war tax dollars Civilian Public Service story

See stories of conscientious objectors and their decisions to live peace in a time of war. bombs

Learn about a call for a ban on the use, production and trade of cluster munitions. stories

Peace Stories from MCC Partners around the Globe

fearnotFear Not: Seek Peace in our Homes, Communities and World

This MCC U.S. campaign provides educational materials, worship and advocacy resources focused on domestic violence, gun violence and U.S. militarism.

C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest

Annual, binational, intercollegiate speech competition. All Mennonite and Brethren in Christ colleges and universities across Canada and the U.S. are eligible to participate. Students' speeches focus on the application of the Christian peace position to contemporary concerns. The winning speech from each college enters the binational competition, where the top three orators receive cash prizes and scholarships toward peace-related conferences.

Winning Speeches 

2012 - The Real Occupy Movement
2011 - Hold On, Together

2010 - Seeing the Human in the Human