Opinion: Injustice in Israel

Dec 21, 2015 by

Consecutive issues of MWR carried opinion pieces speaking negatively of the nonviolent movement to oppose Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territory. “Resolution on Mideast Harms Efforts for Peace...

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Speaking, listening in feverish days

Dec 21, 2015 by

These last weeks have seemed feverish both in personal and online spaces as people have sought to respond to incidents in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. These days I get a lot of my news via social media. I...

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Bible: God with us! God with them?

Dec 21, 2015 by

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’).” Immanuel. God with us. What a dangerous name. Jacob and Laban strike a deal: seven years...

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MC USA forms sexual abuse prevention panel

Dec 21, 2015 by

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff cabinet has called together a panel to continue the work of healing and prevention of sexual abuse within the denomination. The panel’s formation is a response...

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No north or south

Dec 21, 2015 by

Mennonite Church Canada is changing, and its transformation could instruct other denominations. Declining donations were deemed to be a trend rather than an aberration, and something had to be done. A Nov. 28...

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Reality, grief, hope

Dec 21, 2015 by

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” My morning mantra comes by rote rather than conviction. A sip of orange ginger tea calms me, but only for a moment. My spirit slides...

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Fighters in Congo seek peace at home in Rwanda

Dec 21, 2015 by and

KIGALI, Rwanda — Mwasa Niyon Senga felt trapped as a first sergeant in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, an armed group that terrorizes villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of...

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Could a Kristallnacht happen here?

Dec 21, 2015 by

After a campaign of fear-mongering antisemitism directed at Jews in Nazi Germany, an enflamed citizenry went on a two-night rampage of burning synagogues and vandalizing Jewish homes, schools and businesses....

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Talking past each other

Dec 21, 2015 by

It is so sad to see churches and conferences leaving a denomination. To see them leave under false assumptions is tragic. It seems the traditionalists who are leaving complain because they make the assumption...

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Jesus’ earliest journeys

Dec 18, 2015 by

Many of us who are parents have at one time or another had the desire to see our children do just what we wanted them to. It happens occasionally, but more often, not. The best example of a son...

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Christmas celebration as protest

Dec 17, 2015 by

“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.” (Luke 2:1) The words are so familiar that we don’t give them a second thought. But this is how...

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How is a call to arms ‘Christ-centered’?

Dec 16, 2015 by and

Daryl Byler, executive director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, wrote this open letter to his former law school colleague Jerry Falwell Jr. Condensed here, it was...

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Bluffton joins Goshen, EMU in revising its hiring policy

Dec 14, 2015 by and

Bluffton (Ohio) University has become the third Mennonite college this year to leave the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after expanding its nondiscrimination hiring policy. The Bluffton board...

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Holdeman Mennonites discuss ‘challenges of entertainment’

Dec 14, 2015 by and

Among several large Anabaptist conventions and assemblies in North America this year, the biggest was put on by a relatively small denomination. The Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, held its general...

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An Advent call to Jesus’ way: hospitality, generosity, peace, love

Dec 11, 2015 by and

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us . . . to guide our feet into the way of peace. — Luke 1:78-79 During this season of Advent, we wait expectantly for the coming of...

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The blood of American Christianity will be the seed of the church

Dec 10, 2015 by

It’s a funny thing what makes Christianity grow and flourish. In the Second Century, Tertullian (one of the early Christian theologians), wrote in Apologeticus that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of...

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Jesus is a prayer-shamer

Dec 9, 2015 by

These mass shootings are starting to seem routine. In the wake of the San Bernardino murders, all the politicians and talking heads were behaving predictably. Those who support more gun regulations were using...

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O come, o come

Dec 8, 2015 by

I don’t know about you, but the sense of “waiting” this Advent season is feeling much more palpable than in past years. I have certainly had seasons when reflecting back over the year...

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Book review: ‘Mennonites Encounter Hinduism’

Dec 7, 2015 by

Fifty years ago there was little public discussion of interfaith or inter-religious dialogue in Mennonite circles or in the Christian community generally. Some academic specialists and missiologists were...

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Ignoring our violence

Dec 7, 2015 by

Western District Conference’s passage of the Rainbow Resolution (“In Western District, Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Bring Censure,” Nov. 9) signaled a hope that we are ready to reject the violence of our...

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