Children’s home a Fortress of Hope

May 29, 2015 by and

In 2008, members of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville, Ohio, turned $1,000 into $13,000 — and it launched a new mission trajectory. According to Myron Weaver, the pastor at that time, each family was...

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How to speak the truth in love

May 29, 2015 by

Have you ever found yourself unable to speak your truth in an anxious conversation? You’re not alone. We might hold back speaking because we’re afraid what someone else might think. Or perhaps we hold back...

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Goodbyes and being the one who stays

May 28, 2015 by

My favorite yoga pose is the tree pose. I love the experience of shifting my weight to one leg, finding a center, imagining my foot sending strong roots deep into the earth to hold me, as I raise my other...

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Been down into the South

May 27, 2015 by

In 1961, when the Congress for Racial Equality planned a “freedom ride” through the South to test the integration of interstate transit, they were experimenting in nonviolent direct action — a radical...

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Josh Duggar and the bondage of our souls

May 26, 2015 by

I never watched 19 Kids and Counting and never knew the Duggars existed until their scandal hit the news this week. But I had my own Josh Duggar. It was maybe 1969, which would make me about 7 years old. The...

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Remembering another army of heroes

May 25, 2015 by

I felt an incredible sadness as I counted the names, 259 in all, on the front page of yesterday’s local paper. They represent all of the young men from our area who were sacrificed in the prime of their...

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Hymns unite Swiss Reformed, Anabaptists

May 25, 2015 by and

LEOLA, Pa. — A different kind of hymn sing took place May 6 at the Reiff farm near Leola. Twenty people from Switzerland, mostly from the Reformed Church tradition, gathered with a wide variety of U.S....

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MWC global assembly music ensemble announced

May 25, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A 19-member international ensemble of singers and instrumentalists has been selected to lead the morning and evening worship each day at the Mennonite World Conference assembly July 21-26...

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Religion without morality

May 25, 2015 by

Prophets are not popular. They don’t stroke our egos and bless the status quo. The Old Testament prophets we study this summer spoke tough words to God’s people and the surrounding nations. They talk about...

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‘Anthem’ tradition

May 25, 2015 by

To say that “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (“606” in The Mennonite Hymnal) was just “plucked from an 1830 edition of the Boston Handel and Hayden Society Collection” (Editorial, May 11)...

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Canadian MBs to shutter denominational magazine

May 25, 2015 by and

The official periodical of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches will be shuttered at the end of the year. Conference leadership announced May 11 that Mennonite Breth­ren Herald will be...

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Opinion: Scripture, not compromise

May 25, 2015 by

In the debate within Mennonite Church USA over homosexual practice, church leaders and others tell us that staying together will require a lot of accommodation and compromise. However, it seems that the only...

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Forbearing family?

May 25, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA congregations and conferences are like adult brothers and sisters. In a dispute, no one can force the other’s hand. Nor can they appeal to parental authority. They have to figure out for...

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Our puddle’s loss

May 25, 2015 by

No learned theologian or distinguished philosopher was Scotch-taped to more pastors’ office doors than Joel Kauffmann. Each of his Pontius’ Puddle comic strips required editors to include a healthy border...

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Spiritual steps of St. Patrick

May 25, 2015 by

Among the dozens of guides to spirituality that swamp today’s bookstore shelves, one by Jamie Arpin-Ricci stands above the rank-and-file. Arpin-Ricci, an Anabaptist who helped found the mission-oriented...

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Ecclesial kin

May 25, 2015 by

One of the unique aspects of Mennonite Church USA interchurch conversations is the way the denomination is positioned between Roman Catholicism and various Protestants groups on the one hand and, on the other,...

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Triple murder, suicide shock B.C. church

May 25, 2015 by and

A Mennonite congregation in British Columbia devoted Mother’s Day to mourning after a shocking triple homicide and suicide rocked the Fraser Valley. Shelly Janzen, a member of Bethel Mennonite Church in...

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The church is changing, so keep moving

May 25, 2015 by

The Pew Research Center’s study on religion in the United States, released this month, revealed that the church is in the midst of significant changes. Mennonites are too statistically insignificant to be...

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Taking words to heart

May 25, 2015 by

In “Don’t Break Up the Body” (April 27), James M. Lapp writes that the church is “our laboratory for learning to love, even when we disagree.” He states further, “What holds our body together is...

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Challenges of a new home

May 25, 2015 by

My husband and I recently moved into the home we purchased a few months ago. We can envision living here for decades. Once all of the boxes are unpacked and the furniture put in place, we’ll need some time...

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