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Justice and peace ministries have developed in response to both immediate crises and long-term needs, as Mission Network personnel and local partner churches around the world have attempted to respond to situations of conflict in which they find themselves. These ministries sometimes have developed in cooperation with other Christian groups, as in Ireland; at other times, they have been at the initiative of international Mennonite churches, as in Colombia.
"Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other." - Psalm 85:10
Mission Network ministry around the world is grounded in a holistic understanding of the gospel. This means, among other things, that we consider justice and peace advocacy to be an integral part of what it means to proclaim the good news of God's redemptive, reconciling action in Jesus Christ. We believe that the church, in faithfulness to Christ, is called, first and foremost, to live and model these values in its own life, as well as to seek to promote them in appropriate ways in the social, economic and political life of the countries in which it is planted.
Mission Network workers and grants support church-based efforts at justice and peace advocacy in various settings. In many cases, the specific projects are other-than-Mennonite, where Christians of other denominations have been captured by the vision of peacemaking and justice as an essential attribute of the good news. In Germany, Mennonite workers counsel U.S. service personnel about conscientious objection and military discharges. In Colombia, Mennonites advocate for justice and peace for a nation torn by civil strife for many decades.