Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a relief, service, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. Many SMC members have served with MCC in many parts of the world.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers. A number of SMC’ers have been part of delegations in Iraq and Palestine.
The Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF) is a network of North and South American partners working together to balance power between indigenous communities and the systems that seek to exploit resources on their traditional lands (gold, timber, bauxite, power, etc). SIHF was created in 2004 by members of Seattle Mennonite church, and today many staff, board members and supporters are part of the SMC community. All of SIHF’s activities are community directed, where indigenous and tribal community members define priorities, design projects, interpret findings, and determine outcomes. Past activities include environmental and public health, human rights, and policy analysis. For more information including publications and the award winning film “Indigenous Suriname,” visit the website, or read the co-directors’ interview with Grist Magazine.