At Annual Meeting last weekend, the Peace Mug was awarded to both Lois Janzen Preheim and Donna Minter. Lois was present in person, while Donna was present via Skype. However, just at the moment the mug was awarded, technology failed us and Donna was unable to speak to us as we had hoped. Here is what she had to say:
Thank you. I am humbled by and grateful for this honor.
You are my people.
In the past 7 years I have learned that there is no shortage of need for those of us following Jesus Christ’s call to be peacemakers.
When terrible things happen, peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives nonviolently for themselves and their communities.
When we Build Peace we are making the Beloved Community, and at MN Peacebuilding our Vision is Making Minnesota the Peacebuilding Power State.
In receiving this Peace Mug Award, I am aware of and grateful for the support that I have received from Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis, Central Plains Mennonite Conference, and the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Mission Network for this reconciling peacebuilding work.
Thank you for very much!
Founder & Executive Director
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Central Plains Mennonite Conference
creates settings for our congregations and partners to grow in holistic witness to God's reconciling mission by developing leadership, encouraging fellowship and promoting lifelong discipleship.