MWC seeks vocalists for assembly ensemble

Dec 22, 2014 by

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is seeking vocalists to join the International Vocal Ensemble for the Pennsylvania 2015 assembly in July. The ensemble will lead congregational singing during the...

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Iowa steel wheels issues persist

Dec 22, 2014 by

An Old Order Mennonite group in Iowa is seeking meetings with Mitchell County officials to discuss the use of steel wheels as a lengthy legal ordeal returns to court. Members of the Groffdale Conference Old...

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Fellow travelers

Dec 22, 2014 by

As described in MWR’s review of the year, Mennonite Church USA members are asking a question: Will we walk together? In 2014 the question got harder to answer. Disagreement over same-sex relationships makes...

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Units that will close served many communities

Dec 22, 2014 by and

For 70 years, Mennonite Voluntary Service has provided ways for young adults to live out their faith. The following historical tributes are words of gratitude to the MVS units closing in July, and all of the...

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Opinion: What is the Word of the Lord?

Dec 22, 2014 by

Scripture readers at my church, Sargent Avenue Mennonite in Winnipeg, Man., sometimes conclude with the exclamation, “the Word of the Lord.” The congregation often adds, “praise be to God.” This was...

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Let’s ask for help

Dec 22, 2014 by

Debates in the Western church about same-sex marriage and gender identity may appear irrelevant to some parts of the global church. Yes, our issues are frequently different. But an outsider’s view is often...

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Terminate the CIA

Dec 22, 2014 by

The U.S. justice system needs to be indicted and the Central Intelligence Agency terminated. Domestic miscarriages of justice and the CIA’s actions overseas are related. Decisions to kill people are made...

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Marriage and change

Dec 22, 2014 by

This is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart). — E.E. Cummings Given the fact that we all enter the world as helpless infants, we depend on the ability to...

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Opinion: Good news for the new year

Dec 22, 2014 by

Contrary to what we read and hear, the world is not going to hell in a hand­basket. When a book bearing the title Getting Better appeared, I viewed it with skepticism. “What is getting better?” I asked....

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More than a partridge

Dec 22, 2014 by

Though the North American understanding of Advent is that of waiting in darkness, a cultural stranger would be forgiven for thinking it is only a season of light. From lights strung on houses and businesses to...

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The changing face of conservatism

Dec 22, 2014 by

Conservative Mennonite Conference is a body of 104 congregations with about 11,000 members. It was born in 1910 at Pigeon, Mich. Today its institutional center is at Rosedale, Ohio, where the church’s Bible...

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Are you looking for Jesus?

Dec 22, 2014 by

As we celebrate Christmas, people who are marginalized are living in hope of the just society that Christ’s birth promised. They are seeking Jesus to find equality and justice. Looking for Jesus is not a new...

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To breathe a prayer

Dec 22, 2014 by

After I read Luke 11:1-13, I lit a candle for Eric Garner and his family. It was the only way I knew how to pray as news rolled in that the police officer who killed Garner will not go to trial. The candle...

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108-year-old Burrton, Kan., congregation to close

Dec 22, 2014 by and

BURRTON, Kan. — When Aoife Rose Compton was born Nov. 18 to Rachelle and Martin Compton, she was the last child to become part of Burrton Mennonite Church. After 108 years of ministry, the church will hold...

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Unexpected call led to lifelong pastoral ministry

Dec 22, 2014 by and

BURRTON, Kan. — In 1962, when Jim Dunn was a senior at Bethel College in North Newton, the local African Meth­odist Episcopal church invited him to be its pastor. A woman at the church had called Dunn...

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Your scapegoat “pacifism”

Dec 19, 2014 by

Dec. 12, a deputy editor of First Things, Matthew Schmitz, posted a rather unusual piece: “Our Partial Pacifism.” It starts out with the bold statement, “I am inclined to blame pacifism for...

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Time for a divorce ceremony?

Dec 18, 2014 by

I’ve been to a lot of weddings in my life. But I’ve only been to one divorce ceremony. It happened a few years ago. I was visiting a Mennonite church in Pennsylvania. Near the end of the service the pastor...

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The wordlessness of God

Dec 17, 2014 by

Imagine if this coming Sunday your pastor got up at sermon time and said the following: “After diligently studying Scripture and searching the Spirit this week, I’m here to report . . . there is no message...

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Jesus was tortured to end all torture

Dec 16, 2014 by

I grieve over torture. I grieve not only for those subjected to abuse no human being should be forced to endure. I grieve not primarily as an American citizen who feels ashamed of the morally bankrupt national...

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Advent as “God’s time”

Dec 15, 2014 by

Time. We never seem to have enough of it, and yet it dominates us, ruling our days and how we view and spend our hours, even our very lives. Time was Professor John Swinton’s theme when he spoke a couple of...

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