Swiss castle envisioned as Anabaptist museum

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Trachselwald Castle in Switz­erland, a medieval fortress with an important place in Anabaptist history, is up for sale. Swiss Mennonites are raising funds to preserve the castle as a museum honoring the...

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The ways we read

Aug 18, 2014 by

The debate about welcoming people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community into the church cannot be resolved until we answer the question about how we read the Bible. Many people say Lev....

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Philippines typhoon recovery aims for lasting results

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated communities in the Philippines last November, Mennonite Central Committee has been helping residents such as Virginia Pagatan restore what took only hours to destroy. Pagatan,...

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Pray for Gaza

Aug 18, 2014 by

The Gaza situation is the result of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s aggression, fully supported by the U.S. government and its client states. May all those responsible for these crimes repent....

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Goshen students witness hope in Palestine

Aug 18, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — When Sam Carlson walked to work in the morning, he stepped over hundreds of tear gas canisters, stun grenades and smoke bombs. Sometimes he could feel tear gas lingering in the air. Carlson, a...

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Love connection

Aug 18, 2014 by

A colleague and friend delved with me into the land mines of the controversies erupting around us. We agreed that our communities, both civil and religious, are filled with distrust, hate and...

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Love, money go together

Aug 18, 2014 by

The text for Aug. 24 is part of the same letter we studied for Aug. 17: Paul’s “letter of tears” in which he seeks reconciliation with his wayward Corinthian house churches. The same theme prevails: Paul...

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Indicators of a biblical church

Aug 18, 2014 by

My daughter brought some of her Albuquerque garden soil to Iowa. Her tomato plants were looking yellow, and she suspected the acidity of her soil. With the help of pH paper, in minutes her soil was deemed...

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Japanese pastor moved by MB history program

Aug 18, 2014 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — As a pastor of a Mennonite Brethren church in Japan, Yoshio Fujii had limited knowledge of the church’s Anabaptist roots. To learn more about the church’s history and theology, he spent...

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Binational polity manual now available

Aug 18, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — A newly revised polity manual for leadership in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada has been released as a working document. The book, A Shared Understanding of Church...

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Colombians support Korean CO

Aug 18, 2014 by and

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — For Jenny Neme, director of Colombian Mennonite organization Justapaz (Just Peace), recent support for South Korean conscientious objector San-Ming Lee was a natural occurrence. It...

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Safe space for all voices

Aug 18, 2014 by

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board in our last few meetings has held most of our deliberations in closed session, where members of the press are not allowed. This has caused some concern. I recommend...

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A prayerful response to Ferguson

Aug 15, 2014 by

Asked why I raise my hands, I say a number of things: “I lift them to praise God for redeeming me.” My hands are holy because his hands were pierced, and so, I raise my hands. “I raise my hands to call...

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On immodesty

Aug 14, 2014 by

I was taught to fear my body. It was a dangerous stumbling block for the men around me and if I showed too much skin, men would be filled with uncontrollable urges and it would be my fault. The way I was...

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Why I’m fundraising my salary as a pastor

Aug 13, 2014 by

I’ve received a lot of questions and concerns about why my church would create a staff position they cannot pay for. I’m assuming that means far more people share the question. Here is a bit more of the...

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Journey of discovery

Aug 12, 2014 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — A traveler left Rocky Ford, Colo., this spring, seeking a destination in Kansas to complete a journey that has spanned nearly half a century. John Stiles parked his one-man caravan at...

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Network seeks to mobilize Israel-Palestine peacemaking

Aug 12, 2014 by and

Mennonites have been building relationships in Israel-Palestine longer than many other Christian denominations but lack the churchwide efforts to work for peace in the Middle East that some denominations...

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“We are Groot” — a kingdom image

Aug 12, 2014 by

Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest addition to Marvel’s franchise, and it is an eclectic mix. It has the saddest and most moving opening of a blockbuster sci-fi movie since J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek, and...

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Ohio resolution asking for discipline falls short

Aug 11, 2014 by and

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — An Ohio Conference resolution asking Mennonite Church USA to remove Mountain States Mennonite Conference from membership if it does not reverse its decision to license a lesbian minister...

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Iraqi genocide: Our violence got us here

Aug 11, 2014 by

My spirit has been grieved in a way I haven’t experienced before as the situation in Iraq and Syria has turned for the worse as of late, and is now straight up out of control. The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq...

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