Houston Mennonite Church stands in a strong tradition of peace churches. From the beginning of the Anabaptist movement (1500’s in Europe) Mennonites have wrestled with what it means to be  non-violent peace makers in the midst of a world built and sustained by violence. This is a collection of resources that form us to be who we are: followers of Jesus in a world that is not. We invite you to join us on our journey for justice and dignity for all!

You will notice that each of these issues is introduced by a “We believe” statement. That is because we believe that Jesus Christ is the prince of peace, and he iMenno_Simonss calling his church to be a church of peace. Peace is the very heart and soul of the gospel Jesus proclaimed. And so it is through our faith that we attempt to engage the world around us: faith and the power and beauty of Jesus and his peace!

Menno Simons, an early Anabaptist leader and namesake of modern Menno-nites, spoke what we also believe when he said:

“True evangelical faith is of such a nature it cannot lie dormant, but spreads itself out in all kinds of righteousness
and fruits of love;
it dies to flesh and blood;
it destroys all lusts and forbidden desires;
it seeks, serves and fears God in its inmost soul;
it clothes the naked;
it feeds the hungry;
it comforts the sorrowful;
it shelters the destitute;
it aids and consoles the sad;
it does good to those who do it harm;
it serves those that harm it;
it prays for those who persecute it;
it teaches, admonishes and judges us with the Word of the Lord;
it seeks those who are lost;
it binds up what is wounded;
it heals the sick;
it saves what is strong;
it becomes all things to all people.
The persecution, suffering and anguish that come to it for the sake of the Lord’s truth have become a glorious joy
and comfort to it.”

For more information or deeper resources check out one of the following excellent webpages:
ThirdWay Cafe
Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA
Mennonite Central Committee

One Response to “Peace and Justice”

  1. powerful, squares with a Christocentric position on our most pressing social problems,did I read a dominant pacifist sentiment into this writing

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