Mennonite Church USA honors two peacemakers

John Stoner and Clara Weybright are Mennonite Church USA’s 2022 #BringThePeace awardees. — Mennonite Church USA John Stoner and Clara Weybright are Mennonite Church USA’s 2022 #BringThePeace awardees. — Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA has named John Stoner and Clara Weybright this year’s #BringThePeace awardees. Stoner received the Legacy Peacemaker award, and Weybright received the Young Peacemaker award. The awards are sponsored by MC USA’s Church Peace Tax Fund.

Stoner, of Akron, Pa., is a war tax resister. He practices peace through a mix of symbolic war tax resistance; direct action, through participation in public rallies and demonstrations; education, through both his own continual learning and by encouraging others and helping them network; and writing letters to his local newspaper. Stoner is involved in several local peacemaking groups, including $10.40 for Peace, an organization that helps individuals express conscientious objection to war tax conscription.

Stoner was the executive secretary of Mennonite Central Committee’s Peace Section for 12 years. In this position, he supported conscientious objectors and draft nonregistrants and oversaw women’s concerns and the Mennonite Conciliation Service. He also helped found Community Peacemaker Teams (formerly Christian Peacemaker Teams).

Weybright is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where she studied environmental science. She is a juris doctor candidate at Temple Law School in Philadelphia.

Previously, Weybright was a climate futures fellow at the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and worked with the Mennonite Central Committee National Peace & Justice Ministries in Washington, D.C. She researched and wrote climate policy through a peace and justice lens. She was a member of the Mennonites Against Militarism council, where she worked to connect the impact of militarism on the environment.

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