From the editorial:
Editing this collection of essays on peace has been inspiring because of the abundance of worthy topics and authors. Mennonites in North America emerged from World War II with a strong peace commitment that focused heavily on refusing military service. This commitment was unpopular and sometimes costly, and it was challenged by many within our churches. This understanding of peace had been central for Mennonites and other groups known as peace churches throughout the centuries. This understanding of peace remains strong. But since the 1940s, attention and energy shifted from the “negative” act of refusing to kill to the positive (or proactive) tasks of peacemaking and peacebuilding.