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The Canals of Amsterdam

posted by Tim Nafziger on 06/27/14 at 09:43 PM

In April, as part of my work with Christian Peacemaker Teams Europe, I visited Amsterdam in The Netherlands for a week. Along with my work, I took some photos that I'd like to share with you.

Racism and empathy

posted by Tim Nafziger on 06/09/14 at 01:51 AM

Today a friend shared his experience when he was a young white teenager hanging out with young Latino men. When there was a possibility of encountering the police, they would say, "act white" and my friend would be asked to do the talking. What does "acting white" look like? If you're asking that question, you're probably white. For people of color in the United States there is often a "constant background processing" to empathize with white people around them and deal with their stereotypes. Strategies may range from dressing impeccably to whistling Vivaldi.

Photos from the Greek island of Lesbos

posted by Tim Nafziger on 05/02/14 at 10:26 AM

In my last blog post, I shared some of the painful stories from our Christian Peacemaker Teams' delegation to the island of Lesbos. This week, I'd like to share some of the photos I took of beautiful island landscapes.

The fisherman and the priest: responding to refugees in Greece

posted by Tim Nafziger on 04/13/14 at 11:34 AM

For the last week, I have been part of a delegation from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Europe to Greece to listen to the stories of refugees into Europe and those working with them here. Here are a few windows into our time so far.

Riverside Church: venue for Dr. King's 'Beyond Vietnam' speech

posted by Tim Nafziger on 03/24/14 at 12:05 PM

This week I was in the New York city area for Christian Peacemaker Teams meetings. On Wednesday morning, I took the opportunity to do my own walking tour from 125th street of Manhattan to the reservoir in Central Park. Quite by accident, I wandered into Riverside Church, the venue for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's pivotal speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence." In the speech, he came out against the Vietnam War and named "the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism" that are still at the roots of oppression in the United States today. This speech is also significant for Mennonites because it was co-written by Dr. Vincent Harding. I've written more about Dr. Harding's work with Mennonites here.

Exploring a Lenten practice of sabbatical

posted by Tim Nafziger on 03/16/14 at 01:16 PM

As Lent rolled in last week, I shared with colleagues that I just didn't have the energy to give anything up this year. In response, my friend Terra Winston wrote back these three simple sentences that shook something loose inside me:

Sabbath is a good practice as well. If you have the energy for it, it might be what is called for this season. No pressure, just a thought.


From fundamentalist to Anabaptist: An interview with Benjamin Corey

posted by Tim Nafziger on 03/02/14 at 05:22 PM

This week in my seventh post in my ongoing Anabaptist Camp Followers series, I interview Benjamin Corey. He is a retired U.S. Air Force instructor turned Anabaptist speaker and writer. He blogs at Formerly Fundie and is author of the upcoming book, Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.

Pink Menno voices respond to Ervin Stutzman

posted by Tim Nafziger on 02/09/14 at 01:58 PM

On Feb. 4, the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) website posted Ervin Stutzman's response to the "Rule of Love" letter from 150 pastors calling for MC USA "make space for congregations and pastors who welcome and bless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jesus-followers."

As one of those responsible for managing Pink Menno's social media presence, I've watched over the last few days as the community has responded to Ervin in anticipation of the MCUSA Executive board meetings next week. This post curates different voices and perspectives from those who participate in the Pink Menno community. This is not an official Pink Menno statement.

The great ones we have had: Pete Seeger's anti-war satires

posted by Tim Nafziger on 02/02/14 at 12:00 PM

I grew up with my dad singing "If I Had a Hammer" to me. Its one of the many songs that lays in foundation of my spirit. And so, to I am particularly grateful to Pete Seeger for these lyrics which, like a good hymn, have unveiled their layers to me over the years:

"It's the hammer of justice It's the bell of freedom It's a song about love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land"

Seals and fog-shrouded Golden Gate at sunset

posted by Tim Nafziger on 01/27/14 at 01:41 AM

Here are some photos from Crissy field around sunset this evening in San Francisco, Calif. We had a lovely visit with our friends Eric, Nicky and Pax. As always, click on the photo to view full screen.