Jonathan Bornman talks about modern day peacemaking in the real world. Who would ask for a cup of coffee when they are greeted with the words "your blood is permissible to me"?
Founder of Dove Tail Productions, Jonathan Bornman is a producer and and makes documentaries about non-violent conflict resolution, like the soon to be released film, Unexpected Peace: In Search of the Common Good.
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Jonathan grew up in a Mennonite family in Indiana working on local farms and in his father’s masonry business. When he graduated from high school his eyes were opened to the world through a one-year cross-cultural service and learning opportunity in Brazil where he discovered a love of language and culture. Jonathan and his wife, Carol, served in Burkina Faso (1991-94) developing water resources. There, Jonathan learned French as well as a smattering of local language greetings and gained an understanding of African Traditional Religion, Islam and Christianity in Africa by living in a mixed community.
After earning a master’s degree in intercultural studies with a focus on Islam, Jonathan served with his family in Senegal from 1999-2009 as a Bible teacher. In 2013, Jonathan joined Eastern Mennonite Missions’ newly formed Christian-Muslim Relations Team and was privileged to be mentored by Dr. David W. Shenk (author, speaker and innovative thinker on interfaith relations). This work expanded his international experience to 37 countries and four continents.
His expertise includes nonviolence in Islam, Sufi Islam, missiology, immigration, and Christian-Muslim encounters. Jonathan is a connector who works to build bridges and equip people to participate in Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation, peacemaking and seeking the common good. He has a PhD from Middlesex University (Social Anthropology).
Inspired to harness the power of cinema to create a better world for people of all backgrounds, Jonathan founded Dove Tale Productions in 2021.
01:52 - Young Parents Raising Third Culture Kids
03:34 - Mission of EMM's Christian Muslim Relations Team
06:03 - Mennonite Traditions in Peacemaking
08:47 - Jesus Would not Kill a Muslim
09:26 - Unexpected Peace, Telling Three Stories
10:26 - 1. Amish Children Victimized by Violence
11:33 - 2. Pacifists Muslim Community in Little Senegal, NYC
12:55 - 3. How Interfaith Relations Have Transformed Indonesia
13:32 - Your Blood is Permissible to Me
14:56 - Discovering Forgiveness in Non-Violence
15:56 - Discovering Muslim Pacifists that Operate in the Modern World
19:53 - But...How Would You Respond to a Violent Attack?
21:47 - But...They are Tricking You
24:20 - Starting with God's Image in Your Neighbor
25:39 - Jesus Spoke to a Person's Need
26:47 - Peacemaking in NYC
27:18 - Mennonites Engaging the Community in Harlem
28:35 - Christians Dealing with Violence
29:31 - Who Does Jesus Love?
31:32 - The Costly Way of Jesus
32:16 - 3 Basics of Discipleship
33:31 - Connecting with Jonathan Bornman and EMM
35:56 - The Joke's on Who?
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