Monday, August 16, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021
It's been a privilege to serve with the Peace and Justice Support Network (PJSN) for nearly 10 years. In that time, I believe PJSN contributed positively to Mennonite peacemaking. From continuing our historic opposition to militarism to addressing newer issues, like the spiritual wounds of war and bystander intervention, we never remained static.
With so many problems and instances of violence in our world, it's good we were able to be flexible and agile in our approach. We produced educational materials, organized events, worked on denominational resolutions and statements, ran a podcast, spoke in churches and at conferences, and worked one-on-one with peacemakers pursuing justice in their local communities.
I organized my work around the question, "What does the church need from PJSN at this time?" I didn't always have the right answers, but I always tried to make sure PJSN offered relevant, practical support to peace and justice work happening in Mennonite Church USA.
Your support has enabled Mennonite Mission Network to do this peace and justice work on behalf of the church. Practically, your financial contributions have helped fund the production of materials, provided for travel, and enabled the support of grassroots peace initiatives in the church. Spiritually and emotionally, your support — through donations, prayers, and personal displays of support and affirmation — gave me the energy and enthusiasm I needed in my role.
Even though PJSN is ending, peacemaking will continue to be a focus at Mission Network. We were part of a larger mosaic of peace and justice work that happens every day among individuals, churches, conferences and organizations.
For nearly 10 years, I've been writing to you in DoveTales and in letters — and you've written back! I've gotten a lot of encouragement and feedback from you through the years. I've visited many of you in your homes and in your churches. It is a strange thing, to develop a relationship with so many people, as individuals and as a collective, in such a way as we have.
But a relationship it is, and I grieve this chapter coming to an end.
The Scripture that has been on my mind and heart since this transition announcement is the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24 ESV).
I feel that you and I have bonded in a special way, in spirit and truth, as we have traveled the path of Jesus together. I'm grateful to have traveled with you. For me, that bond will always remain.
God bless you, friends! If we happen to meet again somewhere down the road, we will rejoice. If not, we'll rejoice for the time we had together.
Minister of Peace and Justice
God bless you, friends
By Jason Boone
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