Streams in the desert

Aug 29, 2015 by

ABIQUIU, N.M. — Amid redstone cliffs and piñon forests, the annual assembly of Mennonite Church USA’s Mountain States Mennonite Conference Aug. 7-9 at Ghost Ranch had twice as many registrants as...

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What we mean when we say we want Christian unity

Aug 28, 2015 by

I’ve been reading Andy Crouch’s Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power for about four months now and I’m barely a third of the way through it. Not because it’s bad! Quite the contrary: it’s one of...

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Fitting in

Aug 27, 2015 by

A few years ago, I was out for a walk with my son and we happened upon a little playground we’d never visited before. He hopped out of the stroller and started to play. After a few minutes of having the...

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Colleges’ decisions shake up their peers

Aug 27, 2015 by and

Decisions by two Mennonite Church USA colleges to expand their nondiscrimination policies to include employees in same-sex marriages have caused a stir in Christian higher education. Eastern Mennonite...

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Are Quakers already dead?

Aug 26, 2015 by

We Quakers think a lot about our own demise. I’ve lost count of how many events, conferences, books and lectures have essentially centered around the question: Will Quakerism survive? I believe this is the...

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God is not sad

Aug 25, 2015 by

A recent Christian trend was to pray something similar to, “Lord, let my heart break for the things that break your heart.” It was usually a prayer asking for increased empathy toward the poor,...

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Could Princeton’s Farminary change the culture of theological education?

Aug 24, 2015 by and

PRINCETON, N.J. — Eight years ago, Nathan Stucky left a Kansas farm to study youth ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. At the time, he never imagined he would become Dr. Nathan Stucky. Even more...

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God’s presence in a new reality of loss

Aug 24, 2015 by

Recently a violent storm hit my life, ripping through my heart and shaking the foundation of my faith, when my husband Joel, suddenly and unexpectedly died. I was thrust into a new reality where nothing looked...

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MCC worker returns to Germany 60 years after service

Aug 24, 2015 by and

Anne Buller of Bluff­ton, Ohio, returned this summer to her old neighborhood in Germany to celebrate a ministry she started 66 years ago but only recently learned was still operating. Buller and her late...

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Brethren show solidarity with church in Nigeria

Aug 24, 2015 by and

TAMPA, Fla. — Delegates at the Church of the Brethren’s annual conference received an update about deadly challenges facing the denomination’s sister church in Nigeria. Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria...

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Being a troubled nonviolent resister

Aug 21, 2015 by

I want to be a nonviolent resister because as a Red Letter Christian I am committed to taking seriously what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. There’s no way to read through chapters 5-7 in Matthew...

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Jesus valued social justice and so should you

Aug 20, 2015 by

Jesus was a social justice hero. He boldly spoke out against inequality, helped the oppressed, condemned the oppressor and embraced the alienated. Like today, many were drawn to His causes and could identify...

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What makes a life matter?

Aug 19, 2015 by

It was 36 degrees Celsius around these parts yesterday, which, for many Canadians used to considerably more chilly climes, means a general experience of sticky, sweaty unbearableness that makes us despair of...

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The gospel according to Ta-Nehisi Coates

Aug 18, 2015 by

This is the final post of a six-part series examining theology through the lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between the World and Me. See the other parts here. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between the...

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On stories, sadness and spoilers

Aug 17, 2015 by

I was pacing in the living room. My son had been making his way through the Harry Potter series all summer, and he was reading the climactic chapter in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince....

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MDS staff visit site of church burning in North Carolina

Aug 17, 2015 by and

A Mennonite Disaster Service staff member and the MDS Region I director visited Briar Creek Road Baptist Church near Charlotte, N.C., July 29 to assess the needs for support in rebuilding a burned building on...

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Finding God’s presence within the decay

Aug 17, 2015 by

More than a few people are surprised that I genuinely love working with compost. Sure, it smells bad sometimes and is occasionally slimy when it gets out of balance. But I enjoy being part of creating fresh,...

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Opinion: Surge of momentum halted

Aug 17, 2015 by and

Last month, Mennonite Church USA convention delegates delayed voting for two years on a resolution proposed by the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network calling for “withdrawing investments from corporations...

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Kansas City church offers building, resources for Freedom School

Aug 17, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s hard for Rachel Hostetler to pick a favorite story from her seven years with Freedom School, a six-­week, full-­day summer enrichment program held at Rainbow Mennonite...

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Ungodly conference

Aug 17, 2015 by

I found the Mennonite USA Convention to be very sad. I saw people crying out for acceptance and unity but not prepared to do anything about it personally. I was hurt to see that so many people fear breaking...

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