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Peace Educator Titus Peachey Speaks

"Fire From Heaven" will be special guest speaker Titus Peachey's sermon, Sunday, July 29.  The message, based upon 2 Kings 1:1-12 and Luke 9:51-56 will be presented during the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

Peachey, Director of Peace Education for Mennonite Central Committee U.S., is an expert on the use of cluster bombs and the danger posed by unexploded ordnance.  He has been active in the campaign to ban cluster munitions.

During the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School hour Peachey will lead a combined adult class. 

At 2:00 p.m. he will participate in an informal discussion of military recruitment practices and ways in which alternatives may be presented to youth and young adults.

The public is invited to all events.

Peachey,  a conscientious objector to military service, performed alternative service in Vietnam during the war.  After the war he served, with his wife, Linda Gehman Peachey, in Laos under Mennonite Central Committee where he also helped administer the Laos cluster bomb removal project. 

"During the nine year secret bombing of Laos, 260 million cluster bomblets were dropped," Peachey said.  "25 to 30% did not blow up, leaving millions and millions of unexploded bombs in the ground.  Forty years after they were dropped they continue to injure or kill several hundred Laotians each year."

"As a people of faith committed to peace and non-violence, we could not visit with families who had experienced painful losses from cluster munitions without asking the larger questions about why and how cluster munitions are used.  As we researched the continued production and use of cluster munitions in numerous conflicts around the globe, we became convinced that serious problems related to their use exist."

Peachey serves as a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline and works extensively to educate on military recruitment practices, GI rights, and the cost of maintaining the US military machine. 

A graduate of Temple University with a degree in social work, Titus attends East Chestnut St. Menonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  He and Linda are parents of two young adult daughters.

Titus Peachey

Titus Peachey, director of peace education for MCC U.S., holds the head of a garden hoe that struck a cluster bomb submunition in Laos. Peachey attended a recent conference that led to an international ban on cluster bombs.

Cluster bombs are aerial weapons that release up to several hundred submunitions, or "bombies," over a wide area. Peachey and other advocates have long called for a ban on cluster bombs because they kill indiscriminately. In many cases, the bombies fail to explode on impact and are accidentally detonated by civilians years later.

Titus Peachey and his wife Linda Gehman Peachey started raising awareness about cluster bombs when they served as MCC workers in Laos in the early 1980s. The U.S. military dropped an estimated 260 million bombies on Laos during the Vietnam War, and a significant portion did not detonate on impact, Peachey said.

In the decades since they were dropped, the unexploded bombies have continued to kill and maim many people in rural Laos, Peachey said. When the Peacheys returned to the United States, they brought back the broken head of a garden hoe – a simple tool that had detonated a bombie in the soil, killing a mother of 11 children.

"I always felt at that time that we had a very special responsibility to do something about this because we are U.S. citizens and, as Mennonites, we are committed to Christ's way of peace and nonviolence," Peachey said.

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