Around the beginning of November, many Canadian Mennonites start wearing red "To remember is to work for peace" buttons, sometimes with, and sometimes in place of, a Remembrance Day poppy. The buttons are a reminder to us that we believe that as followers of Jesus, we are called to be people of peace. We also hope that the buttons invite conversation about how remembering the impact of war on human life and all of creation might inspire our living as peacemakers.
Though we seek to live into our peacemaking calling every day, Hamilton Mennonite Church also looks forward to recognizing Peace Sunday every year, which we will do again on November 14, 2021. On this day we pay special attention to learning from peacemakers around the world, re-committing ourselves to Jesus' path of peace.
Using resources from Mennonite Central Committee, our Peace Sunday theme this year is "Defending Hope". We read from MCC: "In a world of violence and oppression, living into hope is a faithful, courageous witness. Defence is usually associated with a nation or individual’s self-protection at the expense of another. But to defend hope is to offer life to all."