“We wouldn’t go to war in any form”

All Mennonite World Conference member churches who participated in the recent Global Anabaptist Profile (GAP) survey were asked the following two questions: “If the government required military service, what would you do?” and “Do you agree or disagree that it’s okay for Christians to fight in a war?” For the Convención de las Iglesias Evangélicas Menonitas de Nicaragua (CIEMN),  Keep Reading…

Costly extravagance

  Last Sunday—the fifth Sunday of Lent—our pastor preached on John 12:1-8, when Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly perfume. In the silence that followed the sermon, the phrase that emerged for me was “costly extravagance.” Mary’s gift—expensive perfume poured over Jesus’ feet and wiped off with her own hair—was certainly extravagant. The overwhelming aroma and  Keep Reading…

Introducing…the Bearing Witness book!

Last week was an exciting one for the Bearing Witness Stories Project, as we celebrated the release of a new book! Over the course of the past year, the Bearing Witness Stories Project and Plough Publishing have worked together to produce a collection of stories of costly discipleship that illustrate Christ-like nonviolence in a diverse  Keep Reading…

SangMin Lee reflects on time in prison

Sang-Min Lee, the South Korean Mennonite conscientious objector so many of you were praying for, visited the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism and Goshen College on December 8, as part of a longer visit in the United States. In April of 2014, SangMin was sentenced to eighteen months in prison for his faith-based refusal  Keep Reading…

Oral history and the strengthening of Christian community

Although some of the stories shared by Bearing Witness are available elsewhere in written form, many others are not. Rather they are family or personal stories shared with us in a letter, email, or, in some cases, an interview (see the stories of Paul and Suja Phinehas, Stanimir Katanic, or Tulio Pedraza for examples). This year the  Keep Reading…

When Christianity is a minority religion

Like Paul and Suja Phinehas, featured in a recent story on the main Bearing Witness site, Naomi Tamura’s Christian faith makes her a religious minority. At Mennonite World Conference Assembly 16 in Harrisburg, PA, this past July, Tamura shared with us both the struggle and the opportunity that accompanies Christian faith in Japan. Both the  Keep Reading…

Sang-Min Lee released from prison

Last year we shared the story of Sang-Min Lee, a Mennonite conscientious objector sentenced to 18 months in prison. The global church and others who resonated with Sang-Min’s peace witness responded by writing him letters and praying for him. Over the course of a letter-writing campaign supported by Bearing Witness, Justapaz, and Mennonite World Conference,  Keep Reading…

Is the Martyrs Mirror a book for children?

Carrie Mast, a Mennonite from Bluffton, Ohio, recently wrote a post for Bearing Witness about the process of adapting the story of martyr Jacques d’Auchy into a dramatic script with her husband, Gerald Mast, and their children. Her original post prompted a follow-up conversation with her and Gerald on teaching the Martyrs Mirror to children. We don’t  Keep Reading…

A robe dipped in blood

Mennonite pastor Nelson Kraybill originally published the following reflection on his blog, Holy Land Peace-Pilgrim, after a trip to El Salvador in October. He has graciously agreed to share his reflection with Bearing Witness.  This week an unscheduled airline layover in Central America gave me a day to explore sites related to the life and death  Keep Reading…