Peacemaking IS Accompaniment
We joined with Mennonite World Conference congregations around the globe in celebrating Peace Sunday. According to 1 Corinthians, when one of us suffers all of us suffer, and when one of us rejoices all of us rejoice. This, we as global Mennonites were urged to recognize, is peacemaking as accompaniment and solidarity. We got to hear a powerful story from our own Sarah Augustine of solidarity with the Wayana indigenous peoples of Suriname, and specifically with her friend Linia, who longs to protect her children and community from the mercury poisoning in their food supply due to extractive gold mining. [Regrettably, I failed to begin the recording until Pastor Amy’s time with children, so the audio recording begins rather abruptly … sermon begins at 9:35]
Megan M Ramer
Narrative Lectionary – Year 3
- Mennonite World Conference, Peace Sunday 2020 worship resource
- Suriname Indigenous Health Fund
- Statement of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, Mennonite World Conference
- My Coins Count, Mennonite Central Committee
- Photo: Mennonite World Conference, Peace Sunday
Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.
- The love of God – Words & Music: F. M. Lehman, arr by Claudia Lehman Mays, Public Domain
- Bwana awabariki (May God grant you a blessing) – Words & Music: Swahili melody & folk hymn, Public Domain
Other musical resources
- We are people of God’s peace, Words: Menno Simons, 1552, tr. Esther Bergen, © 1990 Mennonite World Conference; Music: Johann Hom, Public Domain
- You’re Not Alone, words and music by Bryan Moyer Suderman. Used with permission.