On Earth Peace: The Government’s Role in Building Peace (Winter 2008)

2008wintermemo1The history of the United States is a mixture of war and peacemaking. Throughout this history many have warned about the dangers of relying on military strength for our security. President Lincoln compared military glory to a “serpent’s eye that charms to destroy.” President Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex.

In this issue of the Washington Memo writers explore ways in which the U.S. can actively work for peace around the world and at home. Mary Stata analyzes U.S. budget priorities. Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach reflects on the role of good government. Carl Stauffer offers a perspective on peacemaking from Africa; Gabe Schlabach writes on U.S. gun policy and Tim Shenk writes on the U.S. Institute for Peace. Additionally the Advocates’ Corner features a sample letter to the president, stories of congregational advocacy and news of upcoming events.


  1. Introduction
  2. Development and Diplomacy: A True Defense
  3. What Can We Expect: An Anabaptist Perspective on Good Government
  4. Worship Resources: Epiphany
  5. Daring Diplomacy: How the U.S. Can Contribute to Peace in Southern Africa
  6. Ending Violence in Our Own Backyard
  7. A Mennonite perspective on the United States Institute of Peace
  8. The Washington Memo Online
  9. Advocates’ Corner

Advocacy Resources:

  1. Sample Letter on Budget Priorities

Download Full Memo (PDF)

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