Water of baptism thicker than blood

Feb 26, 2014 by

We use words like suit­cases, don’t we? We pack each one carefully depending on where we intend to take it. We fold, tuck and cram bits and pieces of meaning into our words until, after awhile, they get...

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The responsibility of reputation

Feb 19, 2014 by

The question caught me off guard: “What church did you say you belong to?” “Mennonite Church Canada,” I responded, and continued to explain that we are a Protestant denomination. “Oh, I...

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Video translated into sign language

Feb 19, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. and ELKHART, Ind. — Five Core Media, a video production firm in Goshen, Ind., has produced an American Sign Language version of Who Are the Mennonites?, a DVD/video produced by a...

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Advisory board recommends closing AMBS Kansas site

Feb 19, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary–Great Plains Extension advisory board on Jan. 23 recommended closing the extension site on June 30. The AMBS board will take formal action...

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

Feb 18, 2014 by

As a white woman who somewhat recently moved into an area that is considered to be “gentrifying,” I try to be acutely aware of my impact on my community. Dannette Lambert’s article on “how not to be a...

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Historian to study abuse by theologian, church’s response

Feb 18, 2014 by

A Mennonite Church USA discernment group has appointed a historian to document the scope of the late theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women and the church’s response to it. Rachel Waltner...

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No need to fear

Feb 18, 2014 by

I appreciate the news and conversation we can have on the pages of MWR, in particular the recent letters concerning sexuality and the news that licensure will be offered to a gay pastor. As we reflect on...

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Like the Pharisees

Feb 18, 2014 by

My husband and I served in December as live-in hosts for Menno-Hof in Shipshewana, Ind., and it was wonderful to reflect on the basic precepts of Anabaptism: 1) Baptism only of those who decide to follow...

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How we die

Feb 18, 2014 by

John Longhurst’s column “Suffering, Hard Questions at Life’s End” raises the question of how we die. Melvin D. Schmidt’s response asks why the church is not more engaged in this end-of-life...

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150 appeal on behalf of sexual minorities in MC USA

Feb 17, 2014 by and

One hundred fifty Mennonite Church USA pastors and others credentialed for ministry have signed a letter calling on denominational leaders to “change church policies” to “make space for congregations...

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‘Rule of Love’ letter, text and signers

Feb 17, 2014 by

Denominational guidelines exist regarding the conduct of pastors. Those guidelines include consequences for pastors who bless Jesus-followers whose partners are of the same sex. … But speaking as a pastor,...

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Lecturer explores God’s gender

Feb 17, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Does God in the Bible have a body? Does God have gender and sexuality? These were two questions Mark S. Smith, professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York University, asked in this...

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Being a blessing

Feb 17, 2014 by

“A blessing to others.” That’s what John Unger, who retired last year as pastor of Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, Man., decided he wanted to be after wrestling with the issue...

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India’s many colors

Feb 17, 2014 by and

A new book on the Mennonite Brethren in India casts what the authors hope is a vibrant light on a population from which the Western church can learn much. The Colors of the Mennonites in Andhra...

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Ways to pray

Feb 17, 2014 by

When I was younger I thought the only genuine prayer was a spontaneous prayer. I grew up in a congregation where prayer was free-flowing and formulated on the spot. As an extroverted, chatty kid, it was...

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Honoring heritage, by any name

Feb 17, 2014 by

Names matter. They mark us as shaped by particular people who chose them or carried them down. A colleague who recently became engaged asked my thoughts about last names. I’ve received such questions for as...

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Shaped locally, connected widely

Feb 17, 2014 by

I attended my first binational conference ministers gathering in December. This meeting happens annually with conference leaders from Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. It’s a closed meeting...

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Seminary program confronts discernment issues

Feb 17, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Hundreds of people filled to capacity the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, interested in exploring “discernment processes” to address difficult...

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Worship acknowledges ‘elephant’

Feb 17, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Participants in the School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary did not tiptoe for three days around the “elephant in the room” — the anguish felt by many over...

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Goshen students create plan for Florida Amish community

Feb 17, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — It started as a campground for Amish visiting Sarasota, Fla., in the 1920s. Now, the community of Pine­craft has grown into a small village with paved streets, houses, churches, restaurants...

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