Dr. Julianne Funk (Ph.D., peace scholar and lecturer at the University of Zurich) shared how Mennonite contributions to international peacemaking have a Biblical basis in the Sermon on the Mount. She gave us examples from her personal experience of the six key attributes of Mennonite peace-making practice, and referenced John Paul Lederach’s writings in support of long-term perspectives and the empowerment of local leaders. Breaking the cycle of violence requires an embrace of paradox: upholding truth and mercy so that justice and peace may kiss (Psalm 85:10 in translation). [KH]
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