Not our own authority

Jun 20, 2016 by

I have read MWR most of my adult life. Only in recent decades have these pages reported serious disagreement on appropriate sexual behavior. Opposite positions cannot both be right. Regardless of how we feel...

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MC Canada Youth Assembly canceled due to low numbers

Jun 20, 2016 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Mennonite Church Canada’s Youth Assembly has been canceled. The event was planned for 200 people, but only a handful could commit. It’s a disappointment that Kirsten Hamm-Epp and her...

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Bible: No better than the Romans?

Jun 20, 2016 by

The impact of Paul’s letter to the Romans on Christian theology cannot be overstated — though different Christian traditions disagree profoundly on how to interpret and apply Romans. It is always worth...

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12 symptoms of religious politics

Jun 17, 2016 by

The biggest turnoff to people about the Christian church is the politics that take place when it becomes institutionalized. My generation is especially exhausted by inauthenticity in spiritual leaders and...

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How God makes a miracle

Jun 16, 2016 by

How does God make a miracle? In the beginning, God spoke and created the miracle of life. In the gospels, Jesus spoke and healed the sick. In Acts, the Spirit of God descended in a mighty wind and spoke...

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God’s image in your neighborhood

Jun 15, 2016 by

Some people see God best in nature. They love walking in parks and botanical gardens for hours. The natural world breathes life into their spirit. It’s where they prefer to be. I’ve never been one of those...

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Congregations departing Lancaster Conference

Jun 14, 2016 by and

Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregations desiring to maintain connections with Mennonite Church USA are beginning to withdraw from the conference. Pilgrims Mennonite Church in Akron, Pa., decided by...

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Story of reconciliation with Lutherans is told

Jun 14, 2016 by and

A new chapter may be added to the Anabaptist story at the Menno-Hof information center in Shipshewana, Ind., with the creation of an exhibit about reconciliation between Anabaptists and other Christian...

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Passive bystanders facilitate hate

Jun 14, 2016 by

Things whose existence is not morally possible cannot exist. — Old German Proverb In his book States of Denial, Stanley Coheni writes about the deadly triangle of perpetrator, victim and bystander. In...

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What makes your heart burn?

Jun 13, 2016 by

The great desert monk Antony was once asked, “What good work shall I do?” Antony responded, “Whatever you find you are drawn to in following God’s will, do it and let your heart be at peace.” (The...

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MC USA board supports abuse panel, accepts resignation

Jun 10, 2016 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board affirmed recommendations from a sexual abuse prevention panel and accepted the resignation of board member Isaac Villegas during meetings June...

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Mennonite church coming apart over sexuality issues

Jun 10, 2016 by and

Former MWR associate editor Rich Preheim wrote the following article for Religion News Service. We believe MWR readers will be interested in how he describes events in Mennonite Church USA for a wider...

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Setting your mind on things above

Jun 8, 2016 by

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth — Colossians 3:2 (NRSV) “Set your mind minds on things above” sounds like something that should be so easy to do and fairly...

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Can we change the climate?

Jun 7, 2016 by

We humans have always been fascinated by the possibility of changing the weather. Nearly every ancient civilization had weather gods — the Romans, Greeks, Aztecs, Maori and Canaanites. Sacrifices were...

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Draft a new solution

Jun 6, 2016 by

On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee stripped a proposal from a defense policy bill that would have required women to register with the Selective Service, just like men already...

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Dear MB Church

Jun 6, 2016 by

If you wrote a letter to your denomination or area conference, what would you say? That’s the question Carol Penner asked herself recently. In her case, it was about the Canadian Conference of Mennonite...

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Opinion: Pastor’s action wasn’t misconduct

Jun 6, 2016 by and

Virginia Mennonite Conference has suspended the ministerial credentials of my pastor, Isaac Villegas of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, because he officiated at a same-sex wedding. Villegas...

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Syrian refugees depend on MCC food

Jun 6, 2016 by and

With the war in Syria entering its sixth year, it’s easy to get lost in the facts and figures: As many as 470,000 dead; 4.6 million refugees who have fled the country; 6.6 million displaced within it; 13.5...

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Coming to terms with millstones

Jun 6, 2016 by

I read the 150-page report from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office about the abuse cases of the Altoona-Johnstown (Pa.) Catholic Diocese in the midst of writing a doctoral dissertation on...

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A fool’s errand

Jun 6, 2016 by

It is ironic that in response to a Catholic statement renouncing the “just war” ethic, a Mennonite editorial declares its benefits (“Can War Be Just?,” May 23). Why this surprising turnabout? In part,...

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