Book, documentary tell of Amish shunning

Jan 20, 2014 by and

When Saloma Miller Furlong left the Amish for good, one of the ways her shunning manifested and evolved was around the dinner table during return trips to visit family in Ohio. At first, she and her...

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Portrait of a ‘sundown town’

Jan 20, 2014 by

In September 2013 the Goshen (Ind.) News published a letter I wrote in which I said that Marian Anderson, an internationally renowned African American singer, needed to stay at the Hotel Elkhart after...

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But what will we do?

Jan 20, 2014 by

This fall, our congregation undertook an experiment. Each day we read a short passage from Luke, and each week we gathered to discuss two basic questions: What did we hear in God’s Word this past week, and...

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Executions slowly dying

Jan 20, 2014 by

The death penalty has gotten a taste of its own medicine over the last two decades. Last year there were 39 executions in the U.S., down from a peak of 98 in 1999. But it isn’t just a matter of a more...

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Brighter dawn

Jan 20, 2014 by

The term “sundown town” once applied to thousands of places throughout the U.S. where African-Americans weren’t welcome to live — or even to stay overnight. The fact that Goshen, Ind., was one of them...

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Big family, big vision

Jan 20, 2014 by

There was a time when Westerners in international Christian mission were men. At least those named in mission records were men. Trips to Africa or Asia by sailing ship were long and arduous. Fully a quarter...

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Stories: Paths to justice

Jan 20, 2014 by

Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian recently spoke at a peace and justice gathering in Detroit. He recalled the struggles of the civil rights era. He said they were successful because justice seekers supported...

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Eating our way to the great banquet

Jan 20, 2014 by

Should one serve hummus to a hog farmer? Clashing food “shoulds” fill our conversations. Mennonites are divided. Some of us refuse to eat meat; others raise meat. Some of us protest the size of chicken...

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Hope of heaven

Jan 20, 2014 by

The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts, and our brains. — Paul Simon, “Train in the Distance” Since I was looking out an airplane window, en route to my childhood...

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Lithuanians join global MB family

Jan 20, 2014 by

The Free Christian Churches of Lithuania, a conference of seven church plants, will be welcomed into the International Community of Mennonite Brethren in May. The official welcome takes place at the ICOMB...

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Land returned after 16 years of nonviolent protest in Argentina

Jan 20, 2014 by and

A victory for the indigenous Moqoit of Argentina has ended a 16-year legal dispute for the rights of their ancestral land. Luis Acosta, who served with Mennonite Mission Network for 15 years as part of the...

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Incoming EMU student dies in pedestrian accident

Jan 20, 2014 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Doyeon Ki, a 21-year-old woman from South Korea set to enroll in Eastern Mennonite University’s Intensive English Program, was killed in an accident the week before she was to...

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Some Manitoba Old Order children return to their homes

Jan 20, 2014 by and

A half dozen children from two families returned home in early November to a Manitoba Old Order Mennonite community after about 40 children were removed by Child and Family Services in June. Several adults...

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Christian Peacemaker Teams growing in Europe

Jan 20, 2014 by and

Christian Peacemaker Teams in Europe is responding to a refugee crisis — a bold new step for CPT there. Work has started on an initial exploratory delegation to the Greek-Turkish border to meet with...

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Dairy farms, church plants: a new legacy in Ukraine

Jan 20, 2014 by and

It has been almost a century since the Russian revolution and civil war initiated a Mennonite diaspora, and nearly as long since Mennonite Central Committee organized to begin relief operations back...

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A cover for sin

Jan 20, 2014 by

“Contraception Challenge” by Paul Schrag (Editorial) talks about the rights of the employer and the rights of the employees. We lose sight of the real issue: believing and following God’s Word. Why are...

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After fatal shooting, a holy night

Jan 9, 2014 by and

Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind., hosted a candlelight vigil with a somber but optimistic tone following its Christmas Eve service after a teenager was fatally shot in a church parking lot the...

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New Bible institute building empowers community education

Jan 6, 2014 by and

After seven years of offering classes in churches, the Toba-Qom Bible Institute in Castelli, Argentina, will soon have its own space. Supported by Mennonite Mission Network, the institute offers leadership...

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Health alliance spreads to China

Jan 6, 2014 by and

Mennonite Health Services Alliance influences a variety of organizations and is beginning to influence a variety of nations. A year after MHS representatives first met with Protestant pastors in the China...

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Resolve to judge others, and ourselves, less

Jan 6, 2014 by

It caught me by surprise that tears came to my eyes at an otherwise upbeat event around the campaign advocating $15 an hour for people working fast food and low-end retail jobs, rather than the minimum wage...

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