On Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, members of Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship joined with IJPC, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and the Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice at Xavier University, (among others) to be witnesses for peace and against the death penalty. Pastor Brian Moll was one of the faith leaders who spoke.
On Tuesday, October 12, at 5:45 p.m. in the North Xavier Yard, outside Bellarmine Chapel, an interfaith prayer vigil to end the death penalty will be held, hosted jointly by Bellarmine, the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, and the Archdiocese’s Social Action Office. Please join us in prayer, then follow it up with advocacy! This is part of Death Penalty Abolition Week here in Ohio. Sign up on the No Death Penalty Ohio webpage to get involved, and register for the Tuesday, October 19, virtual lobby day.
Dr. Sofia Samatar to Speak at Adult Forum
Next Tuesday morning, Sept, 14, at 10:00 a.m., our Adult Forum group will welcome (via Zoom) Dr. Sofia Samatar, poet, novelist, and Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University. She is writing a book on the emigration of Ukrainian Mennonites eastward across the Russian steppes and the hospitality they found among Muslim settlers. She will speak to us about her research into this remarkable story and perhaps about her upcoming book.
Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Contact email@example.com for the Zoom link.
3rd and Walnut
September 2nd, 4pm
Join the Immigrant Dignity Coalition outside Senator Rob Portman’s office in downtown Cincinnati to demand citizenship for all! The rally concludes a 14-week summer campaign to turn up the heat on Congress. Masks are required at the rally, rides are available.
Can’t be there in person? Tune in to our Facebook live, beginning 15 or so minutes after the rally starts.
Save the Date for Tuesday, July 27th, at 7:00pm. We are inviting all CMF folks to join a Zoom Meeting with Hamilton County Sheriff McGuffey. Her campaign promised to address mass incarceration, racial injustice, and immigration reform. This meeting will be led by Amos Project and will be done in a “spirit of shared accountability to make concrete progress.”
(Photo Courtesy of Ed Diller)
From Anabaptist World, “MennoCon21 opens with calls to bring peace amid life’s storms.”
The theme for the July 6-10 event is “Bring the Peace!”
Offering words of welcome, Brian Moll, pastor of Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, said the charge to bring peace “feels very appropriate in a world filled with tension.” He cited “science being politicized and weaponized” during the pandemic, the gaining of “some measure of justice” after the police killing of George Floyd, and the need to acknowledge that “we are standing on land stolen from our Indigenous neighbors.”
“We are on a journey of reconciliation, and each of us has a role to play to bring the peace,” Moll said.
MCUSA Peacemail newsletter
This link is to the latest issue of Peacemail from MCUSA – the online version. It contains several articles about MennoCon, including a playlist of music!
Learn more about #MennoCon21 at the MCUSA convention website: 2021 convention.mennoniteusa.org
From Cincinnati to Charleston, WV
On June 14, CMF’s Clair Hochstetler drove one of three carloads of people with the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign from Cincinnati to West Virginia for the “Moral March on Manchin.”
Photo: “What we taped to and signed on his office door on June 14 at the end of our Moral March on Manchin. Apparently it had its intended effect because after that he issued a compromise regarding the ‘For the People Act’ which the Democratic party actually got behind!” (Clair Hochstetler)
For those interested, HERE is a link to an hour-long recording Clair made of speakers at the “very inspirational and impassioned rally held prior to the march on Manchin’s office” in Charleston, WV. “I turned on the recorder just after Dr. William Barber introduced himself.” (Dr. Barber is co-leader of the National Poor People’s Campaign and the first speaker that day)