Most of the Mennonite Voluntary Service unit houses were quiet March 3-6, with locked doors and darkened windows. The San Francisco unit apartment, however, was fuller, louder and livelier than the pandemic had enabled it to be in years.
At the end of the first evening of “From Chaos to Shalom: Exploring Peace Theology Together,” emcees Andios Santoso and Joe Sawatzky struggled to wrap up the Zoom session. The concluding prayer had been spoken. But none of the nearly 100 attendees wanted to sign off quite yet.