Praying for peace
To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.
— Karl Barth (1886-1968)
MCC invites congregations to observe Peace Sunday on November 12, 2017---close to Remembrance Day---or another appropriate Sunday.
Remembrance Day is a time when our country focuses attention on Canada’s military history and the sacrifice of Canadians who gave their lives in war. For Anabaptist churches, it is a time to remember that followers of Jesus are called to be people of peace.
How do you define advocacy?
To us advocacy means working to change government policies that contribute to poverty, injustice, violence and oppression in Canada and around the world. We see advocacy as an essential part of achieving MCC’s mission of relief, development and peacebuilding.
MCC Canada communicates regularly with the Government of Canada on matters of policy. The Ottawa Office documents all written communication sent directly by MCC Canada, as well as many of the letters sent by partners or coalitions that MCC Canada supports. The following list is intended to provide an overview of this important dimension of our work.
December 6, 2018
The Ottawa Office is MCC’s voice to the Canadian government, advocating for policies that support our work of relief, development and peacebuilding.
We also inform Canadians about political issues and how they can get involved.
Some of our work includes:
In order to do our work of relief, development and peacebuilding, it’s important that MCC addresses policies that contribute to poverty and injustice. Advocacy is how we do that.
Our advocacy work is rooted in the understanding that we are called by God to be a voice with and for the poor, oppressed and marginalized. We take our inspiration from the biblical witness of Moses, Esther, John the Baptist, the prophets and Jesus himself.