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The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was developed in 1995, and is the most recent systematic statement of belief for Mennonite Church USA.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and …

Sorgente: Confession of Faith roundtable: Sin

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Happy birthday, Dorothee Soelle (Sept. 30, 1929 – April 27, 2003)! #Feminist. #Pacifist. Liberation theologian. Anti-war activist. Professor of systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary. Author of “Theology for Skeptics” (1995) and “Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian” (1999), among many other works. Born in Cologne, Germany. Died in Goppingen, Germany. Cremated.

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MARZABOTTO 29 SETTEMBRE 1944. NOI NON DIMENTICHIAMO. ESSI VIVONO IN NOI E CON NOI!

Dopo il massacro di civili compiuto a Sant’Anna di Stazzema, portato a termine dalle SS il 12 agosto 1944, gli eccidi nazifascisti ai danni delle popolazioni lungo la linea gotica hanno un momentaneo arresto. Il maresciallo Albert Kesserling, comandante della cosiddetta “campagna d’Italia” contro gli alleati, continua però, anche nei mesi successivi, ad avere l’incubo di quei ribelli italiani che, saliti in montagna dapprima con mezzi di fortuna, stanno di fatto tenendo in scacco il grande esercito tedesco all’interno dei confini della Repubblica di Salò: comanda alle truppe di lasciare “terra bruciata” alle proprie spalle e, quando viene informato che a Marzabotto e nei comuni limitrofi la divisione partigiana Stella Rossa continua a mietere vittime e ad operare sabotaggi, ordina la rappresaglia.
Capo dell’operazione viene nominato il maggiore Walter Reder, chiamato “il monco”, poiché aveva perso un braccio durante una battaglia a Charkov, sul fronte orientale, ed era considerato uno “specialista” in materia di rappresaglie contro civili e popolazione inerme.
Durante il mese di settembre le truppe al comando di Reder si spostano dalla Versilia alla Lunigiana e al bolognese, lasciando dietro di sé una scia insanguinata di almeno tremila persone uccise.

La mattina del 29 settembre ha inizio quella che verrà ricordata come la “strage di Marzabotto”, anche se in realtà i comuni interessati sono molti. Prima di muovere l’attacco ai partigiani, le SS accerchiano e rastrellano numerosi paesi: in località Caviglia i nazisti interrompono in una chiesa durante la recita del rosario e sterminano tutti i presenti (195 persone, tra cui 50 bambini) a colpi di mitraglia e bombe a mano, a Castellano uccidono una donna e i suoi sette figli, a Tagliadazza vengono fucilati undici donne e otto bambini, a Caprara le persone uccise sono 108.

Le truppe si avvicinano ai centri abitati più grandi, Marzabotto, Grizzano e Vado di Monzuno e sulla strada ogni casolare, ogni frazione, ogni località vengono rastrellate: nessuno viene risparmiato.
Anche nei comuni lo sterminio procede senza sosta; sono distrutti 800 appartamenti, una cartiera, un risificio, strade, ponti, scuole, cimiteri, chiese, oratori, e tutti coloro che sono rastrellati vengono messi in gruppo, spesso legati, e bersagliati da raffiche di mitra, che vengono sparate in basso per avere la certezza di colpire anche i bambini.

L’azione procede per sei giorni, fino al 5 ottobre: i partigiani della Stella Rossa tentano invano di contrastare la ferocia nazista, ma perdono il proprio comandante, Mario Musolesi, durante uno dei primi combattimenti, e comunque non dispongono delle armi e dei mezzi necessari per far fronte alle attrezzatissime truppe delle SS.

Al termine della rappresaglia si contano, in tutta la zona del Monte Sole, circa 1830 morti, mentre pochissimi sono i sopravvissuti, che sono riusciti a nascondersi, o che sono rimasti per giorni sepolti sotto i corpi dei propri vicini, dei propri familiari.
Tra i caduti, 95 hanno meno di 16 anni, 110 ne hanno meno di 10, e 45 meno di due anni; la vittima più giovane si chiama Walter Cardi, e aveva appena due settimane.

Al termine della guerra il maggiore Reder fuggirà in Baviera, dove verrà catturato dagli americani: sarà estradato in Italia e, nel 1951, verrà condannato all’ergastolo. Nel 1985 verrà graziato, grazie all’intercessione del governo austriaco, e si trasferirà in Austria, dove morirà senza aver mai mostrato alcun segno di rimorso.
Rimarrà comunque in ombra, in sede processuale, il ruolo di decine e decine di ufficiali e soldati delle SS, i veri e propri esecutori della strage, seppur l’identità di una parte dei responsabili sarà nota alla magistratura, che spesso deciderà di non dar seguito all’azione penale per motivi di opportunità politica internazionale.

Nel 1961 verrà edificato un sacrario, che raccoglie i corpi di 782 delle vittime della strage.

23.09.2016 – Berlin, Germany Reto Thumiger

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Civil society must put disarmament back on the international agenda
We fight for freedom and for medals. German Armed Forces – Official instructor of role models.

“The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded”, said Ban Ki-moon, well to the point. This is the great challenge that the Peace Congress in Berlin will face. The question of disarmament should be put back on the international agenda and that can only be achieved by civil society and the peace movement acting together.

The same situation can be found in Germany, the Defense Minister von der Leyen has made it clear on Friday that the additional 2.3 billion Euros in military spending is the first step towards the 2% of GDP. This is the requirement for all NATO members and it means 60 billion euros annual defence spending in the case of Germany. This can only be financed through drastic cuts in social, educational and environmental areas.

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UN General Assembly of the peace movement

According to Reiner Braun from IPB these figures show the great need for this Congress, which takes place from 30.09. – 3.10. in the Technical University of Berlin. According to IPB information it will be the world’s largest peace meeting in 2016, a kind of UN General Assembly of the peace movement with so far 920 registered participants from 75 countries.

The subject area of the Congress covers all major challenges that the peace movement is facing today to which answers, even partial ones, are yet to be found. The Syria conflict, for example, is covered by three major events. Nuclear disarmament, military spending and arms exports are other issues that will run through the entire Congress.

The discussion will not stop at demands for disarmament but it wants to concretely debate transformation: how to transform the current situation into a new one where disarmament defines the real agenda and policy.

Closer together in the light of war and conflicts

At the end of the Congress, the IPB will present an action-plan to the participants and the organizations present. This includes various proposals for joint actions by the peace movement. “Individual organizations, initiatives and groups have to come closer together to face war and conflicts,” emphasized Reiner Braun. A first step in this direction could be to organize a global day of demonstrations for disarmament next year.

This conference will not only speak about peace, but all participants are invited to an action on Saturday October 1st. On the eve of International Day of Nonviolence (Gandhi’s birthday) to form a living peace sign in front of the university building with 1000 participants.

Nuclear disarmament and a nuclear weapons ban are not sexy

Nuclear disarmament and a nuclear weapons ban are issues that hardly touch the general population or as Xanthe Hall of IPPNW puts it, “these issues are not sexy.” Since the end of the Cold War the erroneous belief prevails that the danger of nuclear war was averted. In reality, the chance for accidental or intentional nuclear disaster is greater than ever. Fortunately, the ICAN campaign manages to sensitize young people on this issue and mobilizes them.

But Hall also provided us with extremely pleasing news. The Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz announced yesterday on behalf of a coalition of 127 States that a resolution on a nuclear weapons ban is being put forward at the UN. A majority vote for this resolution is secured and so next year negotiations on abolishing nuclear weapons will start. This resolution is the result of the Humanitarian Pledge that more than 100 countries have already signed.

Smokers won’t establish no-smoking areas, it’s the job of the non-smokers

“For 20 years there has been a complete blockade of nuclear disarmament,” Xanthe Hall explains. With a nuclear weapons ban treaty in hand, the nuclear-free states finally have a lever to overcome this blockade and to exert strong pressure on the nuclear weapons states and their allies. The idea behind it is, “Smokers won’t establish no-smoking areas, it’s the job of the non-smokers”.

“With regards to nuclear weapons, there is a very great urgency, but we see also new opportunities and the disarmament conference comes at the right time,” added Braun.

Lucas Wirl from INES is preparing together with young people from different countries, the Youth-Gathering. “We do not want to enter into substantive competition with the Congress, but young people have the opportunity to meet, exchange and network. The aim is also to empower young people to become politically active and do so in an international context.” There is a very large backlog according to Wirl.

Battle for the minds of the young people

We fight for freedom and for medals. German Armed Forces - Official instructor of role models.

At the end Lucas Wirl stressed that the military have selected young people as a primary target group and consider them an easily influenced part of the population.

The army reforms include an increase of advertising budget and additional training of military personnel for school visits and training for teachers. This tendency may be new in Germany but in the United States it has been common practice for a long time.

“Concerning the youth we will face literally a battle for their minds,” finishes Wirl with a warning and draws attention to the Olympic campaign in which the federal armed forces present themselves as peace-loving and builders of Olympic gold-medal winners.

George Gershwin: Rhapsody In –Cultural Appropriation?Today is George Gershwin’s 118th birthday (1898-1937). And I’m an unabashed fan. This despite the fact that a key part of his artistic achievement has also made his work controversial for some.Yes, I’m talking about one of this month’s hot buzzwords, “cultural appropriation.”This phrase came along after Gershwin left us…

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Who Knew? Wikipedia Can Be Funny!(But then, it’s talking about Mark Twain.)Mark Twain and Dorothy Quick, one of his “surrogate granddaughters” (he had no grandchildren of his own, and filled that role for the daughters of some friends.) One can imagine a bit of dialogue: Quick: “Grandpa Mark, won’t you ever stop smoking those cigars?…

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26.09.2016 Democracy Now!

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Protests Continue Across Charlotte for Sixth Straight Day
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Hundreds continued to protest for a sixth straight day in Charlotte. Uniformed National Guard soldiers carrying rifles were deployed outside a Carolina Panthers football game, while police in riot gear surrounded about 100 demonstrators who were chanting “Black Lives Matter.” On Sunday evening, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts lifted the curfew that had been in place since Thursday.

Meanwhile in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hundreds packed the Antioch Baptist Church on Saturday for the funeral of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old African-American man who was shot dead by a police officer on September 16. Crutcher was remembered by his cousin, Shea Seals.

Shea Seals: “Terence’s death is being mourned by an entire city. He was that special. The irony here is that Terence loved everyone. He had the incredible gift of putting others before himself.”

Police video showed Crutcher being shot while his hands were in the air. His family says his SUV stalled as he was driving home from a music appreciation class. The killing sparked protests across the country. Officer Betty Shelby was booked and released last week on felony manslaughter charges for Crutcher’s death. If convicted, Shelby faces between four years and life in prison.

Emmanuel

      (Texts : Isaiah 7:14,15; Matthew 1:23 )

          “God is with us” – it is written –
but for my part, who am I with?
With Him, with myself, with others,
with pleasure, with worldly idols?

What have I made of my life,
how have I dealt with pain, with fear,
with loneliness?

Have I relieved my neighbour’s suffering?
Have I recognised Christ in the hungry one?

Have I brought words of hope
to the desperate, of peace to the besieged?
Have I struggled against wrongdoing and violence
with Him?

Still, He is here, by my side,
Friend who is always there,
divine Comforter.


“But I have other solutions,
resources of technology,
inventions of science.

“I, thinking Man,
have no need of Emmanuel.
I am my own God,
my ego is God.
I can do anything,
simply if I want to!

And look, I am starting to conquer
matter, death, suffering.
So let Emmanuel wait
another few years …”


But then I wake up
from that proud, sacrilegious dream,
and I realise
that I’ve wasted my life,
that I’ve driven away the only
loving Friend.

And I’m alone, on the edge of the abyss,
and He is coming,
no, He’s right here,
behind the door of my heart,
and He’s knocking,
and whispering: “I am Emmanuel!”

Davide Melodia – trans. Simon Grant

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Foreword

To be rewritten

Introduction

An Encounter with Silent Worship

Silence, as a form of shared worship, that is, beyond individual centred awareness for prayer, confession, and personal meditation – which is indeed devotion but not worship – I first encountered with Quakers at an East/West dialogue on peace held in Brussels.

From then on, in a crescendo of historical research and direct experiences within the Society of Friends, and observing the myriad socio-religious activities that Friends carry on in various parts of the world, with results appreciable from all points of view, my association with quaker Silence has become a constant one.

My long-standing custom of solitary meditation, for edification, prayer, or out of the need to prepare an evangelical message for a forthcoming Protestant church service, has been translated during these recent years, due to lack of continuity in Quaker Meetings in Italy, into the desire to communicate with others, in writing, the fruits of a meditation that is not preaching: it is rather an elaboration of thoughts growing out of silent worship.

Thus has been born this brief collection of meditations focused on silence.

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Happy birthday, Francis Daniel Pastorius (Sept. 26, 1651 – Jan. 1720)! #Lutheran turned #Quaker. #Pacifist. Lawyer. Poet. Scholar. Teacher. Founder in 1683 of Germantown, Pennsylvania. In 1688, he drafted the first protest against slavery made by a religious group in the American colonies. The signers of the anti-slavery petition were Quakers but some of them had Mennonite background. Pastorius is probably buried in the Germantown Friends Cemetery, 47 W. Coulter Street. Some believe he was buried in the Geissler Burying Ground, which was later built over by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

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Happy birthday, Lucy Biddle Lewis (Sept. 26, 1861 – Jan. 14, 1941)! #Quaker. #Pacifist. Peace activist. One of the founders of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in 1917. National Chair of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)…

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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