A new Sunday School curriculum seeks to bridge the gap between veterans and peace churches.

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By Earle Cornelius

How do churches, especially peace churches, relate to veterans? Are they welcoming? Do veterans feel like they do not fit? Is there an unspoken tension between the veterans and church leaders?
It is an issue the Mennonite church has struggled with and one that several Mennonites hope to address with a new Sunday school curriculum developed by the Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Mission Network .
“Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together” is a six-week series designed to assist congregations to think theologically and practically about war’s trauma, healing from trauma and Jesus’ way of peace and open a dialogue between pacifists and veterans.
“We’ve not done a good job connecting with veterans and the pain that they carry,” said Titus Peachey, peace education coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and one of three co-authors of the series.
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