Peace studies transform former enemies at CMU

Jun 23, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — If they weren’t studying together at Canadian Mennonite University, Theo Muthumwa and Shadrack Mutabazi would be adversaries. The pastors are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They...

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Sister Care reinforces Puerto Rico connections

Jun 23, 2014 by

AIBONITO, Puerto Rico — Two women with roots in Puerto Rico recently brought a Mennonite Women USA seminar to the island. Carolyn Heggen and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht co-led the Sister Care seminar March 21-22...

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Choose one approach

Jun 23, 2014 by

In “Known by Our Love?” (May 26), I appreciate Lisa Schirch’s exhortation to love those we believe to be in sin; if sinlessness were a precondition for love, none of us would be worthy. It might be...

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The right side of history

Jun 23, 2014 by

The other week I was at a conference. One of the speakers challenged us as church leaders to “be on the right side of history.” He then went on to reference women, race, immigration and sexual orientation....

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Leave or loyal?

Jun 23, 2014 by

I am frustrated every time I hear of a family or church that feels the only solution to disagreement over a hot-button issues is to disassociate. Given the bridges that are being built all over the world...

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Southern Baptists have achieved remarkable unity

Jun 23, 2014 by and

With the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Baltimore June 10-11, objective analysis of the SBC’s achievements and challenges is elusive. Convention insiders see their world through rose-colored glasses,...

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Earth preservers

Jun 23, 2014 by

Though we have sung “this world is not my home,” it’s what we have for now, and others will inherit it when we are gone. Keeping the house in good repair — or, by now, limiting the damage — is our...

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Who we call matters

Jun 23, 2014 by

I’ve stepped into a new area of responsibility in my role working alongside pastors in Franconia Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. This role change, which began in November, has to do with...

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Israel deports MCC worker

Jun 23, 2014 by and

Mennonite Central Committee service worker Rachelle Friesen of Swift Current, Sask., was deported from Israel in late May and is banned from entering the country for a decade. She was returning from a regional...

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Chortitzer Conference to change its name

Jun 23, 2014 by

Chortitzer Mennonite Conference, a 1,500-member Canadian group, has begun searching for a new name. “Many times when people hear the name Chortitzer, the response is . . . ‘What’s that?’ ” wrote...

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Everence names new president

Jun 23, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Everence board of directors has announced Kenneth D. Hoch­stetler will be the organization’s next president and CEO, assuming the role upon the retirement of Larry D. Miller at the end...

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Are progressive Christians failures at prison ministry?

Jun 20, 2014 by

A few weeks ago Zach Hunt over at his The American Jesus blog asked the question: Can you have a church without a prison ministry? I’d say, no, you can’t. See: Matthew 25. And yet, many churches...

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10 racial reconciliation conversation deflections

Jun 19, 2014 by

My friend Grace Sandra wrote an article for Christianity Today on the vulnerabilities faced by black women where she discusses the links between her personal experiences, current events and statistics....

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Challenged on energy and consumer choice

Jun 18, 2014 by

I need help sorting out my feelings. Desmond Tutu’s visit to our Canadian oil sands on May 31 has created an emotional storm within me. His assessment of Canada’s energy oil sector is disturbing,...

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Faith formation with children

Jun 17, 2014 by

Last week was Pentecost, that time each year when we remember the Holy Spirit coming upon those first believers with a rush of wind and “tongues, as of fire.” Talking with a 3-year-old about the Holy...

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Guests, not visitors

Jun 16, 2014 by

In a podcast from Michael Hyatt, he talked about some of the changes he made while CEO of Thomas Nelson, including improvements to the front lobby and initial visitor experience when they came to the...

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Descendants touched by slavery come to the table

Jun 16, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance...

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Canadians address sexuality

Jun 16, 2014 by and

When delegates meet for Mennonite Church Canada’s assembly July 3-6 in Winnipeg, Man., one agenda item, “Being a Faithful Church,” could generate a lot of discussion. The BFC process — to help...

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Quilting cultures

Jun 16, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Several women stood around the nascent quilt spread on the floor of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church one Saturday last month. They were examining the illustrated pieces of cloth tentatively...

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Whole and complete, not lacking anything

Jun 13, 2014 by

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, for you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so you may be whole...

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