As members of Mennonite Church USA, “We are called to extend God’s holistic peace, proclaiming Christ’s redemption for the world with our lives. Through Christ, God frees the world from sin and offers reconciliation. We bear witness to this gift of peace by rejecting violence and resisting injustice in all forms, and in all places.” We heed this call even when the state sanctions violence and injustice. Police abolition is a process that requires communities to create alternatives to policing. We hope this curriculum will educate, inform, and transform our thinking concerning justice, mass incarceration and how we live in harmony as a society. This process involves the deconstruction of preconceived understandings of policing.
As Anabaptists, we have long looked for a third way. We have studied the impact of war, stood against the military-industrial complex and searched for alternatives to military service. As our police force adopts the tools and tactics of our military, we as peacemakers need to think deeply about the intersection of our theology and our view of community policing.
We invite peace and justice-minded congregations and faith-based organizations to use the curriculum. Please credit Mennonite Church USA as part of any promotional materials. Please include this link to our website to consider supporting our work: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/give/
Glen Guyton, Mennonite Church USA Executive Director