"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.
public is invited to all events.
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
"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, 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
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.
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
"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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