Saturday, February 24, 2024

ON THIS DAY - The Methodist Building Cafeteria To Integrate (Feb. 21. 1947)

 

On February 21, 1947, the process began to serve everyone at the Methodist Building Cafeteria on Capitol Hill no matter the color, race or creed.

reprinted with permission from The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; first published for The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church website and email Feb. 21, 2024

 

Photos: The Methodist Dining Room in 1947, which is now the United Methodist Building Conference Room Two and Three (photos from GCAH and GBCS)


Connecting African American History Month and a Methodist milestone for social justice

 For a century, social witness and justice seeking has been the watchwords for the work of Church and Society on Capitol Hill.

 Unfortunately, there have been times when we as an agency neglected and participated in acts of injustice and racism in our own house. For this, we repent and pray for forgiveness.

Friday, February 16, 2024

A Prescription for Peace in Gaza

 

We urge the Biden administration to utilize its leverage and present a clear framework to end the violence and suffering.

By Yazeed Ibrahim, Dr. Ira Helfand, Robert Dodge, and David E. Drake; reprinted with permission; First published on Common Dreams Feb. 9, 2024

 

 

 

Palestinians in Gaza's Al-Nasir Hospital attend a baby injured in Israeli airstrikes. (Photo: Abed Zagout/Anadolu via Getty Image)

 

Since Hamas’ October 7 attack triggered the most recent, brutal round of violence in Gaza, the discourse surrounding the conflict has remained stunningly stagnant. Both sides find themselves emboldened at home.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The "I am Vanessa Guillen" Documentary

Review by Isidro D. Ortiz; reprinted with permission; originally published for COMD (Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft) newsletter DRAFT NOtices, Jan.- Mar. 2024


Can ordinary people make change in the face of seemingly insurmountable circumstances?  In the age of neoliberalism, rampant militarism and creeping fascism, at a time when resistance to injustice and institutional betrayal has often been deemed futile, for many the answer would be "no."  However, the documentary I am Vanessa Guillen offers reason to be optimistic.  It shows how ordinary people can make change even in the face of tragedy, in the midst of profound grief, and in confrontation with the overwhelming power of the military.

                                                        Photo of Vanessa Guillen (COMD)

Monday, January 8, 2024

The Innocents, Ourselves, and the Call of God Today: Feast of the Holy Innocents Prayer Service for Peace held December 28, 2023

 

By Christine Sheller

 

The evening of December 28, 2023, the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace hosted the annual prayer service for peace for the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  It was entitled “The Innocents, Ourselves, and the Call of God Today,” the title which Fr. David Polich chose for his message.  It was held at the Valley United Methodist Church in West Des Moines.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Words from Martin Luther King, Jr; Call to Action for Ceasefire; Voices from Brethren Elders

 Reprinted with permission; first published for OEP (On Earth Peace) Newsletter Wednesday, December 6, 2023.  See https://www.onearthpeace.org/

 

“Peace is not merely the absence of some negative force—war, tensions, confusion, but it is the presence of some positive force—justice, goodwill, the power of the kingdom of God… If peace means accepting second-class citizenship, I don't want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don't want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don't want peace.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

IPN Holiday Open House and Gift Fair December 2, 2023 a Success

 

By Christine Sheller

 

Saturday, December 2, 2023 Iowa Peace Network hosted their Annual Holiday Open House and Alternative Gift Fair at the Des Moines Mennonite Church, in which the IPN office is located.  More than twenty five persons came through.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The World Needs an Armistice Day

 By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, November 11, 2023, reprinted with permission

Remarks on November 11, 2023, at Veterans For Peace event in Iowa City, Iowa

https://worldbeyondwar.org/the-world-needs-an-armistice-day/

Ukraine needs an armistice.

Palestine needs an armistice.

Nagorno-Karabakh needs an armistice.

Syria, Sudan, Nigeria, and so many countries need an armistice.

The U.S. public and its mass shooters need an armistice.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Under the Shadow of Death

By Lisa Loden, reprinted with permission, written October 2023, published first with Prayers for Peace, Churches for Middle East Peace



In the shade of the mango tree,

beside the rosebush,

stands an ancient plowshare,

a symbol of peace,

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Optimistic Day 16

 

By Mazin Qumsiyeh; reprinted with permission, and originally written for Popular Resistance Blog:  https://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2023/10/optimistic-day-16.html,  Oct 22, 2023

 I remain optimistic on day 16 of the horrific onslaught on the people of Gaza; optimistic that we can stop large scale US/Israeli genocide in Gaza. So far 1750 children killed but now, water, food run out and thousands will start dying. Why am I optimistic? Gaza people have little more to lose (70% are out of their homes and sought shelter in schools, hospital yards or open areas where they are still bombed).

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Conflicted Feelings in Palestine

 

CPT (Community Peacemaker Teams) hosted a delegation of visitors from the United States, who are now waiting in Jerusalem for safe passage home.  

By CPT Palestine, reprinted with permission; first published for CPT newsletter Oct. 10, 2023; see https://cpt.org/2023/10/10/conflicted-feelings-in-palestine?

On 7 October 2023, towards the end of a delegation I was leading with Community Peacemaker Teams – Palestine, I woke up in the West Bank city of Hebron to news that Hamas had launched the “Al Aqsa Flood” against Israel, on land, sea and air.