Empowering children to combat sexual abuse

Dec 31, 2014 by

As one of two staff members who works to implement a sexual abuse prevention policy for our church, I have an enormous and difficult task. We have a good policy. We train, screen and keep in regular contact...

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A report from prison in Burkina Faso

Dec 30, 2014 by

Today I am in prison in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. I walked into the Maco prison, the oldest and biggest prison in the city, with a Mennonite Central Committee partner who works with juvenile offenders, but now...

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Anabaptism across borders

Dec 29, 2014 by and

Listening to students at SEMILLA — a multisite seminary affiliated with 10 Anabaptist conferences in Central America and Mexico — Leonor and Jerry Kennell heard story after story of personal transformation...

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At MDS, every tool’s now in its place

Dec 29, 2014 by and

Just organizing your own tool bench can be a big project. Now imagine organizing tools for hundreds of volunteers to be used at multiple locations — and the tool bench must travel well. This was the...

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Mountain States, Mexican conferences start a relationship

Dec 29, 2014 by

A Mennonite conference in Mexico has initiated a relationship with Mountain States Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Jaime Lázaro, director of Mountain States’ SEED (Seek, Explore, Encourage and...

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I can’t breathe, but I’m listening

Dec 29, 2014 by

My son came home and told me that on his walk from school in our middle-class neighborhood, a police officer slowed down and tailed him and his two friends. His friends — one black, the other white —...

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Movie review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Dec 26, 2014 by

Do not waste your time. For obvious reasons (i.e. the subject matter), I felt I needed to go see Exodus in spite of the mediocre reviews it has received from the critics. But be assured I went in with the...

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Blessed are the housekeepers

Dec 25, 2014 by

I’ve often told young college shoppers: don’t just consider how strong the academics are or how good the football team is or even how you like the campus or the town. All of those are good questions, but...

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The mystery of trust

Dec 24, 2014 by

In times of uncertainty people want visionary leaders. But what if God’s good plan is a period of sustained uncertainty? This Advent season’s theme from Mennonite Church Canada/USA is “O that you...

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A strange kind of manger power

Dec 23, 2014 by

The Christmas story in Luke’s gospel begins by naming the head of the major super power of the day, the Roman empire’s Caesar Augustus. He issues a decree that “all the world should be taxed”...

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Year in review: Sexuality issues test unity

Dec 22, 2014 by and

Struggles in Mennonite Church USA over same-sex relationships entered uncharted territory in 2014. When one conference licensed a lesbian pastor in Colorado and another signaled its acceptance of a gay man...

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Banners help Central Plains churches talk peace

Dec 22, 2014 by and

The Freeman (S.D.) Network for Justice and Peace is using art to help churches across Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA talk about peace. The group enlisted Michelle Hofer, artist in residence...

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Ohio Conference loses more churches

Dec 22, 2014 by and

Two more Ohio Conference congregations have voted to leave Mennonite Church USA over concerns about the direction of the denomination and some of its conferences. Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek,...

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MC USA churches move in 2014

Dec 22, 2014 by and

More Mennonite Church USA congregations have left the denomination or switched conferences so far in 2014 than in 2013, many citing concerns related to two conferences accepting gay or lesbian...

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EMU announces significant solar expansion

Dec 22, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand...

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Benin school celebrates 30 years

Dec 22, 2014 by , and

Benin Bible Institute, which Mennonites played a role in starting, recently celebrated 30 years of equipping more than 1,000 church leaders in 70 denominations. The theme for the Oct. 16-19 weekend, “Church...

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Singing as if life depended on it

Dec 22, 2014 by

After noticing its persistent presence on my Facebook newsfeed for multiple days, I caved and watched the three minute video of Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, singing Christian songs to Gladys, an elderly woman...

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Brave heretics

Dec 22, 2014 by

Blessings to Chester and Sara Jane Wenger (“Lancaster Conference Terminates Retired Pastor’s Credentials,” Nov. 24) for their courageous acts of love and devotion to making the world a bit better. They...

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Sound doctrine first

Dec 22, 2014 by

Ron Sider (“Biblical and Better Way,” Oct. 27) reminds us that we humans are not the final authority. Should this not make us humble and teachable? Much of the discussion about sexuality does not reflect...

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Shame on us

Dec 22, 2014 by

Visible sins bring shame. The holiday picture of pregnant Mary reminded me of an earlier time when an unwed pregnant female would stand in front of the church and publicly confess her sin. Most of us now doubt...

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