Don’t throw your womanhood on the backburner

Oct 31, 2014 by

I am learning to bring all of myself to my work. For a long time I thought I had to chop myself into pieces in order to be understood. I thought separating my womanhood from my blackness was the only way I...

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Love makes us patient and kind . . . and also undignified and fierce

Oct 30, 2014 by

When my son was first born, something strange happened to me that can only be described as possession. I needed to hold him or have him near him all the time. When friends would come over to meet him, and...

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Sunday school and tough questions

Oct 29, 2014 by

I recently had the privilege of witnessing four Sunday School teacher training events for Shine sponsored by Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. It is inspiring to see the dedication, creativity and love...

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When you’re not enough

Oct 28, 2014 by

Modern life can be demanding. For some of us, it’s a challenge to get the dishes done and enough clean laundry in the drawers to get to work every day. Add kids or other committed relationships and you might...

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Another conference to license gay pastor

Oct 27, 2014 by and

A second Mennonite Church USA area conference intends to license a pastor in a same-sex relationship, potentially putting it at odds with an Executive Board directive. Central District Conference plans to...

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MC USA leaders review survey, offer ideas for future

Oct 27, 2014 by and

SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — Mennonite Church USA’s Constitu­ency Leaders Council reviewed results of a survey of leaders, shared ideas about potential new relational structures and gave feedback on a leadership...

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Urban leaders seek ‘peace of the city,’ practical ministry

Oct 27, 2014 by , and

PHILADELPHIA — In a letter to Jerusalem’s exiled leaders, the prophet Jeremiah called on them to work for the welfare of Babylon, the city to which they had been deported. “Seek the peace and prosperity...

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Opinion: Get our own house in order

Oct 27, 2014 by

True life in the church depends on the “New Love Commandment” Jesus gave to his disciples in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another....

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Opinion: Biblical and better way

Oct 27, 2014 by and

Theologically conservative Christians are widely perceived as hostile to gays. And it is largely our own fault. Many of us have actually been homophobic. Most of us tolerated gay bashers. We did not deal...

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First Meserete Kristos children’s curriculum to launch

Oct 27, 2014 by and

The Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia will soon launch its first uniform Sunday school curriculum — one based on the idea that a foundation for transformative peace can begin with children. Krista Allen of...

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Pope joins evangelicals

Oct 27, 2014 by

“You’re going to talk about tonight for a long time,” Kenneth Copeland told a large crowd of Pentecostal pastors at a conference he hosted in January. Cope­land is a prominent televangelist and...

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Haiti doesn’t need another occupation

Oct 27, 2014 by and

The name Haiti conjures images of earthquake damage, people struggling to survive or memories of a service trip to help build houses or bring medical care. Most do not associate it with military...

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Reducing infant deaths

Oct 27, 2014 by

Singing “Nothing is lost on the breath of God” in church on a recent Sunday, my mind called up the face and tiny body of the stillborn child I blessed most recently. I had read about a church that held a...

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The new temple is you

Oct 27, 2014 by

The prophet Ezekiel shares in the sufferings of the Hebrew people in the generation after their devastating defeat at the hands of the ruthless Babylonian empire. Ezekiel helps to bring to the surface the...

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After a sad day in Ottawa

Oct 27, 2014 by

Like many Canadians I find myself in a place of sadness following the senseless violence in our capital city. I resonate with the voices that lament the sense of loss for our peaceful context. I share the...

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Awesome but fake

Oct 27, 2014 by

Christmas card and letter season isn’t far away. While some hold steadfast to an annual text constructed of actual sentences, others gravitate toward taking 15 minutes online to frame a photo with a holiday...

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Pastor’s call brings Ohio church ‘sense of peace’

Oct 27, 2014 by and

Members of Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church laid their hands on Mark Rupp Sept. 21 as they installed him as pastor of Christian formation. “It hit me during that moment that rather than lots of individual...

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Just be patient

Oct 27, 2014 by

Sportswriters like to call fans of losing teams “longsuffering.” It’s an acceptable exaggeration. Even the most avid fans know, deep down, that sports magnify the importance of things that don’t really...

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Central Plains minister nominated MC USA moderator-elect

Oct 27, 2014 by

NEWTON, Kan. — The Leadership Discernment Committee of Mennonite Church USA has announced David Boshart of Wellman, Iowa, as the nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA for the 2015-17...

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Causes of immigration

Oct 27, 2014 by

The influx of children from Central America to the U.S. has dropped from the news, but the problem has not vanished. Nor was there ever a careful analysis of why this should be or of why Nicaragua was absent...

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