Words of welcome from Pope Francis

Oct 26, 2015 by

The immigration debate took on an ugly tone this summer with politicians and political candidates labeling immigrants as “murderers” and “rapists,” rejecting refugees as potential “terrorists” and...

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The winners write history

Oct 25, 2015 by

I was driving my 15-year-old to her orchestra rehearsal last night. It was one of those days where she had like a few hours at home to do her homework before she was off in another direction, so, on the drive,...

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Gun madness

Oct 24, 2015 by

Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted because they are no more… — Jeremiah 31:15-17 Blessed are the peacemakers. — Matthew 5:1-11 After the shooting of children in a...

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Hope and expectation

Oct 23, 2015 by

There are two kinds of wonder, Hal Shra­der said in a sermon at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 1 in Kansas City, Mo., as he preached on the Luke 24 account of Jesus’ resurrection. One is confusion...

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MWR assistant editor to work from Illinois

Oct 23, 2015 by

Rachel Stella of Tiskilwa, Ill., is Mennonite World Review’s new assistant editor and Web editor. She comes to MWR from the NewsTribune in La Salle, Ill., where she was media editor. She managed the...

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Growing together with refugees

Oct 23, 2015 by

I’ve been paying attention to Germany lately. And not just because my wife happens to be there visiting dear friends of ours who live in Bavaria (my daily act of spiritual discipline this week has been to...

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Giving up on nonviolence

Oct 22, 2015 by

The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly. American...

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Sin problems and skin problems

Oct 21, 2015 by

“Racism is a sin problem, not a skin problem.” Have you heard this statement? I recently saw it on Mike Huckabee’s extraordinarily problematic Twitter timeline last week during the democratic...

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Arizona pastor, convention speaker dies in motorcycle accident

Oct 20, 2015 by

Hal Shrader, the lead pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Ariz., who spoke at a Mennonite Church USA convention worship service this summer, died Oct. 19 in a motorcycle accident outside of...

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Putting out fires

Oct 20, 2015 by

It was a normal Sunday afternoon… well, normal for me… running a few errands around town for my wife as we were preparing to host some guests. And then I saw the smoke. It was a breezy afternoon, so the...

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Evana Network previews its future

Oct 19, 2015 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Five months after the birth of Evana Network was announced, the newest movement to link Anabaptism and evangelicalism held its coming-out party Oct. 16-17, emphasizing relationships with God,...

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Small conference makes big historical find

Oct 19, 2015 by and

When a small Canadian Mennonite conference began going through boxes of old documents a couple of months ago, it found an artifact of significance to Mennonites across the country. The Christian Mennonite...

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‘Humus beings’ — wordplay or clue to our origin?

Oct 19, 2015 by

I have always had a fascination with words, languages, wordplays and puns. So it probably wouldn’t surprise you if I told you that I would often say “humus beings” rather than “human beings.” Little...

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MC USA abuse discernment group ends work

Oct 19, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The Discernment Group on sexual abuse, a committee formed by Mennonite Church USA in 2013 to address the painful and complex legacy of sexual abuse by renowned theologian and professor John...

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From Simon the zealot to Simon the disciple

Oct 18, 2015 by

There once was a zealot named Simon. Simon was a man who with “an inviolable attachment to liberty, [acknowledged] God [as his] only Ruler and Lord. No threat of death to either himself not to his relations...

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Paperwork perspectives

Oct 17, 2015 by

I hate paperwork at the best of times. I hate filling out forms, grinding through the interminable bureaucratic labyrinths that seem to be part and parcel of modern life. Sign this waiver. Check that box. File...

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Canadians give couple the wedding they missed in Syria

Oct 16, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — When Brian Darweesh and Reem Younes got married, they were living as refugees in Lebanon. They left their homes in Syria fleeing violence and a threat on Darweesh’s life. Their wedding had...

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Cultivating a plateau spirituality

Oct 16, 2015 by

A wise teacher of mine once wrote, “We all long for mountains — to be in the presence of God and experience his splendor. I have lived on the mountain for a long time. Now it is time for me to descend...

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Engaging with the political system

Oct 15, 2015 by

With less than a week to go until the election, I’m going to try to summarize my general approach to faith and the political system. The caveats for this post: I’m talking about my context of a developed...

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Fighting for the dignity of every human being

Oct 14, 2015 by

We heard that Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested for climbing into his own home after accidentally locking himself out. Chris Rock started posting selfies when being pulled over by the police. And just a...

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