Testimony of a church-conflict casualty

Jul 23, 2015 by and

HARRISURG, Pa. — Remilyn Mondez of the Philippines warned about the perils of church conflict and then sprung a surprise. Speaking July 23 at the morning worship service of the Mennonite World Conference...

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Praising in painful times

Jul 23, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Yukari Kaga, a pastor from Hokkaido, Japan, admitted Peter’s praise in his letter to the early church seems “a little strange to me.” Peter wrote this letter (1 Peter) in such a cruel...

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Lord I want to be in that number

Jul 23, 2015 by

Doubtless you have heard the song, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” We did a rousing version of it today at Mennonite World Conference assembly, instruments wailing and over 7,000 voices singing...

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Speakers share doubts from their settings, journeys

Jul 22, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Three speakers — one each from Kenya, Canada and Ethiopia — shared stories of doubt in their local contexts at Mennonite World Conference’s morning worship on July 22. “We are...

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Tenderly inviting all to God’s banquet

Jul 22, 2015 by

For long decades now I’ve dreamed of a setting in which we could learn how — offering each other the tenderness for which every human so longs — to pull out chairs for every single one of us who wish to...

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MWC assembly opens with call for walking together

Jul 22, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 16th Mennonite World Conference Assembly opened July 21 in Harrisburg, with a parade of Mennonites from across the globe, with confession of past treatment of Native Americans in...

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On the road to Mennonite World Conference

Jul 21, 2015 by

Leading up to and following Mennonite World Conference’s assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., Anabaptists are taking part in Assembly Scattered learning tours and events around the country. One tour led by...

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New policies put colleges ‘at variance’ with MC USA

Jul 20, 2015 by and

Two Mennonite Church USA colleges expanded their nondiscrimination policies July 20 to include employees in same-sex marriages, putting them at variance with the denomination’s education agency. In separate...

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Agitating and peacemaking

Jul 20, 2015 by

Activist Bree Newsome (along with doing good co-conspirator, Jimmy James Tyson) made an unannounced appearance on July 11 at the Wild Goose Festival, held annually in Hot Springs, N.C. I was honored to be able...

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Adders’ eggs and spiders’ webs

Jul 20, 2015 by

What is the relationship between humans “be­getting iniquity” and God as a driving force in the world? Why do saints suffer and sinners prosper? The psalmist nearly lost his faith over that one. Who can...

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On the Emmaus road, Christ opens our eyes

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Themes of transformation and understanding in the Luke 24 Emmaus road story were the focus of adult worship services at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Hal Shrader, lead pastor of...

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Seminars help teens think about identity, faith, future

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Among a variety of topics covered by more than 100 youth seminars, many of the most popular ones sought to help teens think about identity. Brenda Yoder, an educator and counselor in...

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Racist violence, domestic terrorism

Jul 20, 2015 by

Our communities are reeling from the brutal, racist assassination of African-American parishioners in Charleston, S.C. The arson of six black churches in Georgia, North and South Carolina, following the...

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Junior youth have space to connect

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in many years, the Junior High Youth Convention was held within the convention center instead of at a nearby hotel. It was a big highlight for the 114 sixth- through...

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For youth, a guide to life’s road

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For 2,300 youth, the prevailing takeaway from Mennonite Church USA’s convention was: Jesus will meet you where you are. Hannah Yoder, 17, of Freeman, S.D., described how she saw it:...

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Youth speakers share stories of pain on life’s road

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Most of the six youth worship speakers addressed the week’s theme, “On the Way,” and scripture, Luke 24, by describing pain they had experienced and encounters they had with Jesus...

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Promises God does not keep

Jul 20, 2015 by

That’s a piecrust promise. Easily made, easily broken. — Mary Poppins I did not truly understand the magnitude of making a promise until I had children. Multiple times a day they look deeply into my eyes...

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Heartbreaking moment

Jul 20, 2015 by

I am a 76-year-old lesbian, in a committed relationship for close to 30 years and a delegate to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kan­sas City. For 25-plus years I have been respected, appreciated and...

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Adult seminars: growth comes when values are lived

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The greatest periods of growth for the Christian church have been the most removed from institutional religion. Author Alan Hirsch offered critical, but optimistic, thoughts about religion...

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Oppressive or permissive?

Jul 20, 2015 by

Is this how the dream of a big-tent church dies? We hope not. But it seemed to some that Mennonite Church USA’s vision of unity in diversity went on life support at the Kansas City convention. The church is...

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