Authority unsettled

Feb 16, 2015 by

In preparation for the merger of the General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church, the 1999 proposed Membership Guidelines had statements giving congregations authority in regard to members as part...

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300-year-old prayers still resonate

Feb 16, 2015 by

From what resources can we draw in the current vigorous conversations across the church? How about prayer? Here are two that might be useful. They are prayers drawn from Die Ernst­hafte Christien­pflicht,...

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MCC flooding response unites former enemies

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Cornelius and Shauna Frantz of Pittsburgh came to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013, they expected to work with people who had experienced trauma during the country’s 1990s civil war. They...

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The stay-with-us Spirit

Feb 16, 2015 by

Our theme for March is the Holy Spirit as the pledge of God’s presence. For many of us, the terms “spirit” or “holy spirit” may seem vague, cloudy and somewhat mysterious. How can we hold on to...

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Plain poetry

Feb 16, 2015 by

Scores of Mennonite writers, poets, scholars and lovers of literature will gather at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University in March for the seventh “Mennonite/s Writing Conference.” During the past several...

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Bethel talks focus on crime, race

Feb 16, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Charles Epp, professor of public affairs and administration at the University of Kansas, came back to his alma mater, Bethel College, to give presentations Feb. 8-9 on police treatment...

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The future of unity

Feb 16, 2015 by

Uniting the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church seemed like a good idea 20 years ago. And it still does, though the shine has tarnished. Losses have been greater than expected. The hope of...

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Chance meeting unites worlds

Feb 16, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Levi Zook stopped in his tracks when Tony Brown greeted him in Pennsylvania Dutch on a train bound for Albuquerque, N.M. Zook, an Amish man from New Holland, Pa., likely never expected to...

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Too safe for faith?

Feb 16, 2015 by

I ran across an article exploring why the era of kids’ adventure movies like E.T. and The Goonies is over. Similar modern films “just haven’t caught fire the way they once did,” writes Lisa Risra at...

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Renewal from within

Feb 16, 2015 by

I am disappointed to hear of groups leaving Mennonite Church USA. Every individual, congregation, conference, denomination and renewal group falls short in some way. If not now, they will in the future. In...

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Scripture warns us

Feb 16, 2015 by

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “gay” has been in use since about the 14th century and in a good way, but as used for homosexuality only since 1953. This sounds like identity theft. Abraham...

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Harmony is hard to shake

Feb 16, 2015 by

While often called a humble people, Mennonites take pride in four-part hymn singing. Some even cringe at the thought of contemporary praise songs. But more and more are rejecting hymns, believing them to be...

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10 reasons I love MC USA and don’t want it to change

Feb 13, 2015 by

With all our sexuality grumblings, some days it’s hard to believe we even want Mennonite Church USA to survive. Of course, we all want the church to change a little bit. But I want to give it credit for...

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Faith and straight lines

Feb 12, 2015 by

When I was young, faith often seemed to be about straight lines. Right/wrong. Do/don’t. Pure/impure. In/out. Faith/doubt. Virtue/sin. Blessed/cursed. Victorious/suffering. Innocent/guilty. Saved/damned. The...

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Community will save the world

Feb 11, 2015 by

I once read a blog post by a Unitarian pastor who said she believed community would save the world. I think she may be right. In fact, I think this is just another way of saying what Jesus said: that the...

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Thank you, Obama, for denouncing Christian violence

Feb 10, 2015 by

It seems some conservative Christians are up in arms because of something President Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5. After condemning ISIS and religiously-motivated violence in general,...

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Across 90 years, a call for unity

Feb 9, 2015 by and

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A plea from C. Henry Smith to the Mennonite church 90 years ago remains relevant today, according to the author of a forthcoming book about the Mennonite historian. After World War I, Smith...

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Sitting in Bolivia, with MC USA on my mind

Feb 9, 2015 by

I’m in the middle of a sojourn in Bolivia and a long way from the current action percolating around Mennonite Church USA. Our family is scattered over three continents so we’ve been blessed to travel afar....

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What are Anabaptists becoming?

Feb 9, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Pastors Week participants at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary pondered metaphors of rhizomes, a flame, a midwife and mestizos as they heard challenges to trust God more fully and to...

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10 ways to be a better peacemaker online

Feb 6, 2015 by

Lately I’ve been lamenting at what a toxic place the Internet can be. But instead of lament, I would like to contribute something more helpful to make dialoging with people on the Internet a little less...

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