The conflict ladder of shame

Jan 18, 2016 by

Muslims daily lock and unlock the most hallowed building of Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. This ancient structure encompasses Golgotha and the tomb of our risen Lord — both...

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Your people, my people

Jan 18, 2016 by

Robert S. Kreider, who died Dec. 27 at the age of 96, believed in collaboration, community, cooperation and connection. These were a few of the words spoken in tributes after the memorial service Jan. 2 at...

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Stay neutral on BDS

Jan 18, 2016 by

In the MWR conversation about joining or not joining the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement, it was suggested that “whether or not we support divestment, we need to focus on investment in the work of...

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They aren’t all terrorists

Jan 18, 2016 by

In the 15 months leading up to December, the United States “delivered” about 20,000 bombs and missiles in the fight against the Islamic State. At the time, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh said the...

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Goshen professor earns Indiana’s highest civil rights award

Jan 18, 2016 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Regina Shands Stoltzfus, assistant professor of peace, justice and conflict studies at Goshen College, has been awarded the Spirit of Justice Award by the State of Indiana Civil Rights...

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Following Jesus leads to finding refuge in Spain

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Koroush and his mother, Maryam — refugees from Iran now living in Spain — lost everything but believe they have what they need with Jesus. “I saw the Jesus miracles with my own eyes,” Koroush said. (To...

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Comments at sexuality study conference prompt an apology from MB leadership

Jan 18, 2016 by

A study conference on human sexuality held last fall by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was intended to reinforce the denomination’s Confession of Faith, yet conversations and...

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Of strangers, pilgrims, hospitality

Jan 18, 2016 by

The immigrants had arrived. Was there no end to their numbers? What language were they speaking? What was their origin? Their destination? Why were they here? The two worlds were a study in contrast. The...

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Book review: ‘Doing Good Better’

Jan 18, 2016 by

It goes without saying that nonprofit organizations of all types are important. But what does need to be stated repeatedly is the importance of good leadership for those organizations. That’s what Edgar...

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MC Canada: respectfully recognize differences

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Members and congregations of Mennonite Church Canada may be on the verge of getting more deliberate about respecting each other when they disagree. The denomination’s Being a Faithful Church task force has...

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Hispanic leader De Leon worked for justice

Jan 18, 2016 by

María Magdalena De Leon, antiracism worker, pastor and leader of Mennonite institutions, died Dec. 25. She was 71. Felipe Hinojosa writes in The Mennonite that she was well-respected in her hometown of...

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Palestine: a time for peace, a time for action

Jan 18, 2016 by

As 39 students from across the U.S. and Canada entered the Church Center for the United Nations, my colleagues and I happily welcomed each of them to the Mennonite Central Committee U.N. Office’s 20th annual...

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Celebrating the dream of reconciliation

Jan 15, 2016 by

“He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance… Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human...

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Why is US Christian president so violent?

Jan 14, 2016 by

For his final State of the Union address, President Obama delivered a characteristically eloquent and passionate speech. He issued a heartfelt call for unity and cooperation in a country whose political...

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Christmas without incarnation

Jan 13, 2016 by

This past Christmas I noticed something: a lot of Christians talk about Christmas without talking about the incarnation, at least not in any meaningful way. This can be from conservatives or liberals (usually...

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How one church reacted to the threat of violence

Jan 12, 2016 by

Pastor Larry Wright was leading a New Year’s Eve prayer service in a downtown Fayetteville, N.C., church when a man entered the building armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle. We’ve heard these stories...

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With training complete, 26 pastors ordained in Vietnam

Jan 11, 2016 by , and

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — After six years of training and preparation, the Vietnam Mennonite Church ordained 26 pastors in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 5. Pastor Nguyen Quang Trung, president of VMC,...

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Women of the Bible set examples in East Africa

Jan 11, 2016 by and

MUSOMA, Tanzania — Infertility, single parenting, poverty, the raising and teaching of children, life with an unbelieving or unfaithful husband and maintaining faith in desperate times: These issues confront...

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EMU vice president arrested on solicitation charge, resigns

Jan 11, 2016 by

Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman resigned Jan. 11 after a Jan. 8 arrest for solicitation of prostitution. The misdemeanor charge was the result of an undercover...

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Baptisms of water, spirit, blood

Jan 11, 2016 by

In 1 John 5, three witnesses are named that authenticate Jesus: the baptisms of water, spirit and blood. An authentic Anabaptist witness will embrace all three. Too often, churches will emphasize only one and...

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