Mennonites believe that Jesus, when he lived on earth, revealed a way for people to live peacefully and nonviolently. Mennonites believe in giving ultimate loyalty to God rather than to the nations in which they live, or the military. This is summed up in a statement of Menno Simons for whom many Anabaptists were named:
The best way to learn about Mennonites' perspectives on peacemaking is to get to know individuals or a congregation. For easy to read information on Mennonite Peace Teachings and a place to ask questions, go to Third Way.
Rochester Mennonite Church is a member of the Southeastern Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers which is a group of concerned individuals who have come together to promote world peace and justice through non-violent means. It aims to be a vehicle of communication between all groups of the area to promote united efforts toward peace and justice.