If we burn, you burn with us

Nov 28, 2014 by

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, the main character, Katniss, in the midst of the battle, delivers a powerful line to the president: We could take this at the simple level of a threat,...

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The Light of Christ at our messy tables

Nov 26, 2014 by

As I jostle the lighter into place above the already burnt, saggy vanilla candle that adorns the center of our dining table, next to a stack of mail, a half-dozen decorative gourds, and my breast pump, I ask...

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A Thanksgiving liturgy for 2014

Nov 25, 2014 by

American Thanksgiving is this week. People are zipping across the country to spend the day together with family and friends. This is the holiday that I have most relished adopting since I have lived in the...

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Trinidad and Tobago church marks 40th anniversary

Nov 24, 2014 by and

The Mennonite Church of Trinidad and Tobago marked its 40th anniversary Oct. 16-19 with celebrations at four of its five congregations. The celebration was a time for Loren Horst to look back over MCTT’s...

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Canadians observe cultural change on gay marriage

Nov 24, 2014 by and

As gay marriage continues to work its way through the U.S. court system, Mennonites are waiting to see how same-sex couples joining in matrimony, if legalized, will affect church life. It’s a threshold...

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Learning from farmers

Nov 24, 2014 by

When I applied for a Mennonite Voluntary Service position with the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations office in New York, I had no idea the agricultural roots I got from my Canadian Mennonite farmer...

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MC USA convention speakers announced

Nov 24, 2014 by

Mennonite Church USA announced its worship speakers for next summer’s Kansas City, Mo., convention Nov. 14 in the KC 2015 convention newsletter. Mennonite Central Committee Central States director Michelle...

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Immigrants persist in prayer, and healing follows

Nov 24, 2014 by and

LOWVILLE, N.Y. — An intensive-care unit lacked a few key components to heal a critically injured patient until help arrived from an immigrant church in Buffalo. Beth Steria of Low­ville was seriously...

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MWC sets example of unity without uniformity

Nov 24, 2014 by

When asked what issues the Mennonite movement faces, Danisa Ndlo­vu, president of Mennonite World Conference, said: “We have tried to not emphasize our differences but what unites us. What builds us as a...

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Beyond physical science to the soul

Nov 24, 2014 by

Something about space exploration invites us to ponder our place in the universe. From the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey to last summer’s Europa Report, storytellers have explored the mystery of human...

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‘Regulation garb’ and the gospel

Nov 24, 2014 by

In February 1959, Chester Wenger and fellow missionaries in Ethiopia — wearing business suits and neckties — met a delegation of Lancaster Mennonite Conference leaders at the Addis Ababa Bole International...

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I like Jesus. Do I have to be Religious?

Nov 24, 2014 by

Are you tired of the hypocrisy and greed of prosperity gospel preachers? Fed up with politicians appealing to religious sentiments in order to win elections and start wars? Do you feel like there must be...

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Year after typhoon, MCC still rebuilding in Philippines

Nov 24, 2014 by and

One year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the house of Dominga Arias in the Philippines, the 50-year-old widow and mother of three has a new home with a more spacious bedroom than before. The simple wood...

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Devoted nonconformity

Nov 24, 2014 by

As new forms of electronic communication continue to raise doubts about the future of print, one Anabaptist-Mennonite periodical is defying the odds. Every two months, several trucks line up outside a...

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New Bluffton website broadens access to archives

Nov 24, 2014 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Many archival photos and documents at Bluffton University are seeing the light of day online via a searchable new website. Several hundred photos have already been digitized and uploaded to...

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Taiwanese mark 60 years

Nov 24, 2014 by

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Fellowship of Mennonite Churches in Taiwan celebrated its 60th anniversary Oct. 25-26, honoring its beginning with Mennonite mission workers, rejoicing for its present and setting a...

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Voice of Wisdom and Word

Nov 24, 2014 by

Hebrews opens with a contrast: God spoke in the past, but now God speaks in a new way. Even as the author of Hebrews draws our attention to the present, the text traces a thread between the God of Israel’s...

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Isn’t it adultery?

Nov 24, 2014 by

I hear a lot about justice as it relates to same-sex relationships. The logic seems to be that fairness demands everyone is entitled to marriage. But isn’t there a higher justice — “Thou shalt not commit...

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Forget Black Friday

Nov 24, 2014 by

Each year the consumer extravaganza that is Black Friday fills the news — and bleeds more deeply into Thanksgiving. Stores compete to be the first to open. RadioShack plans to start doing business at 8 a.m....

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Scars remain

Nov 24, 2014 by

“East Germany” doesn’t translate well into German. Referring to Moscow’s western outpost as Ostdeutschland is still an easy way to stick out in the Vaterland — much like counting beginning with one...

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