Deceased Canadian pastor is accused of sexual misconduct

Sep 28, 2015 by

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada announced an allegation of sexual and ethical misconduct by a pastor who died 21 years ago. On Aug. 30, three Ontario congregations formerly served by Vernon Leis, the pastor...

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All lives (don’t) matter

Sep 25, 2015 by

Some political slogans have a long shelf life, but some sink from their own dead weight. There is probably nothing more obvious from the headlines of the news virtually every day — 50 years ago, tomorrow,...

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Defining the other and the Syrian refugee crisis

Sep 24, 2015 by

Early in the Syrian refugee crisis, I was asked by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to be part of a delegation meeting with Chris Alexander, Canada’s Minister of Immigration. We indicated that the...

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Of whiskey priests and ragamuffins

Sep 23, 2015 by

It was author Graham Green who popularized the idea of the whiskey priest, a flawed member of the clergy who, despite failings, still manages to inspire others in their relationship with God. In his novel The...

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Defining femininity and the misuse of Proverbs 31

Sep 22, 2015 by

Over the last 10 years or so I’ve been unlearning the interpretation of Proverbs 31 that I grew up with, a reading that governed much of my adolescence and young adult life, as it does for so many girls in...

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EMU, Goshen leave Christian college association

Sep 21, 2015 by and

Two Mennonite colleges have withdrawn from a Christian college association to avoid causing division over their openness to hiring married gay and lesbian faculty. The presidents of Goshen (Ind.) College and...

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MC USA board discusses resolutions’ implications

Sep 21, 2015 by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board on Sept. 17-19 discussed the implications of resolutions passed at the denomination’s convention this summer. Board members emphasized that two...

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Opening a window of hope amid Syrian war

Sep 21, 2015 by and

Roseangela Jarjour talks daily with pastors in Syria working for peace and providing a reason for Syrians who stay to hope, even as they hear bombs drop around them. “The priority is really to bring peace...

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MCC aid gives Syrians reason to stay

Sep 21, 2015 by , and

Mennonite Central Committee is appealing for more funds to help meet basic human needs of Syrians who want to stay near their homes as large numbers leave the Middle East. For four years, the war in Syria has...

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No peace apart from justice

Sep 21, 2015 by

Today is the International Day of Peace. Yesterday was recognized in many faith communities as Peace Sunday, and I had the privilege of delivering the sermon with a good friend of mine at Slate Hill Mennonite...

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Are Quakers allowed to speak in tongues?

Sep 17, 2015 by

The first time I heard someone speak in tongues was at the World Gathering of Young Friends, an international Quaker gathering held in 2005, in Lancaster, England. It was a minister from Philadelphia Yearly...

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Myron Augsburger and the Mennonite History of the CCCU

Sep 16, 2015 by

This is the last of a two-part blog series on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as they decide on a course of action after two Mennonite colleges changed their hiring policies to include...

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Mennonites, evangelicals and the sexuality debate in Christian higher education

Sep 15, 2015 by

This is the first of a two-part blog series on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as they decide on a course of action after two Mennonite colleges changed their hiring policies to include...

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Jesus didn’t blow his own trumpet

Sep 14, 2015 by

Like a lot of Christians, I’ve often found Jesus’ reluctance to talk about himself strange and even unsettling. This is a particular theme in the Gospel of Mark — Jesus seeming to go out of his way to...

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Ministry born out of Katrina

Sep 14, 2015 by and

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. — Thi Nguyen was attending a Vietnamese Mennonite church in Philadelphia when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. He wanted to help and was invited to travel to Bayou La Batre as a service...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Sep 14, 2015 by and

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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High seas service

Sep 14, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — A much older and landlocked group of “sea­going cowboys,” who first saw the wider world while caring for livestock aboard ships bound for post-World War II Europe, gathered for a reunion...

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Whose side are you on?

Sep 14, 2015 by

As he writes about the early Jerusalem church, Luke holds our attention by alternating public and private events. The Sept. 13 lesson involved internal community organizing. This lesson takes us back to the...

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Immortal horrors or everlasting splendors

Sep 14, 2015 by

Stories about artificial intelligence and robots can be good opportunities to explore what it means to be human. That’s the case in AMC’s Humans, a series set in present-day London where human-looking...

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Piling up debt

Sep 14, 2015 by

D. Merrill Ewert and Patricia A. Anderson do the Mennonite community a good service by drawing attention to our colleges’ dependence on government subsidy (“The Stake in Federal Aid“). Setting aside...

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