Screen-free relationships

Sep 21, 2017 by

Last week Makai started kindergarten at the same school where Cody is now in his second year. Though we are very happy with the school — and Cody loves it — a complaint arose for me within Makai’s...

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Is our religion about fixing America?

Sep 20, 2017 by

During the 1980s, I worked as a civil legal aid attorney for indigent men and women. Their legal claims concerned debt relief and access to health care, food and housing. More than any other time in my life,...

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New Mexico church calls first openly LGBTQ lead pastor in MC USA

Sep 19, 2017 by and

Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church has called an openly LGBTQ person to be their lead pastor, becoming the first congregation to do so in Mennonite Church USA. The church of about 150 attenders announced...

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Escaping tyranny of the past

Sep 19, 2017 by

Afew days ago I found myself at an event called “The Art Between Us.” It was an eclectic gathering of souls: Women shared hard-learned truths in the form of poems or original music. Others, like me, were...

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Relief and gratefulness after Hurricane Irma

Sep 18, 2017 by and

Unlike the 40-day flood Noah prepared for, members of Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvacion (Ark of Salvation Mennonite Church) in Fort Myers, Fla., took refuge from Hurricane Irma in their church building for...

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Potentially disputed land in Colombia attracts Low German Mennonites

Sep 18, 2017 by and

Despite warnings from Mennonite Central Committee, Low German Mennonites from drought-prone regions of northern Mexico have bought more than 49,000 acres of land in Colombia. Kennert Giesbrecht, editor of Die...

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Tons of clothes await fun-loving volunteers

Sep 18, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The payoff for a four-hour weekly round-trip to volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee comes in the joy of service, fun and fellowship. Every Wednesday, some of the volunteers get up...

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3 things I love about being an Anabaptist

Sep 18, 2017 by

When you belong somewhere, you are home. That’s why I appreciate not only my Anabaptist heritage, but my current experience as well. I think Anabaptists have a special niche that many other church groups do...

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Human just like us

Sep 15, 2017 by

“I can understand that Jesus is our example in spiritual things, but for day-to-day living, that just doesn’t make any sense.” My friend raised a good point. After all, Jesus never had to deal with high...

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Learning language is a spiritual discipline

Sep 14, 2017 by

We were invited by Swiss friends to eat in an exclusive restaurant during our last weekend in Switzerland. As we got settled around the table, my friend asked me: “Are you comfortable with speaking Swiss...

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Why would Jesus talk about hell?

Sep 13, 2017 by

Jesus talked about hell more than all the other Bible authors combined. Hell is mentioned explicitly 23 times in the New Testament, and in 16 of those times, Jesus is the one who utters the words. He...

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Muted voices in World War I, and today

Sep 12, 2017 by and

An unsuccessful effort to locate artifacts related to World War I conscientious objection was an unexpected blessing for developers of an exhibit that will be featured at a symposium on the topic this October...

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MCC responds to Hurricane Irma devastation in Cuba, Haiti

Sep 12, 2017 by

Osa Jonmarits and his family were awakened in the middle of the night as water rushed into their mud and stone house on the mountains of La Chapelle, Haiti, and covered them in their beds. The flash flooding...

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A reflection on ‘Land Sunday’

Sep 12, 2017 by

Note: The “Season of Creation” is a contemporary liturgical and lectionary movement celebrated during the four Sundays in September prior to St. Francis of Assisi Day (Oct. 4). This ecumenical observance...

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Franconia Conference might stretch coast to coast

Sep 11, 2017 by and

Franconia Mennonite Conference may receive three Indonesian congregations from the other side of the country at its assembly this November. It would be a coast-to-coast relationship. The Indonesian...

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Kraybill: Confronting a narcissistic ruler

Sep 11, 2017 by

The moral character of a ruler can reach such low ebb that prophets arise to name and condemn the scoundrel’s behavior, even if the ruler strikes back. In totalitarian states, immoral rulers imprison or...

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Book review: ‘The Radical Muslim and Mennonite’

Sep 11, 2017 by

During a Muslim-Christian peacemaking meeting in Indonesia in 2003, Mesach Krisetya, president of Mennonite World Conference, made a speech. Seeking to dismantle negative stereotypes of Christians —...

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Bible: High-stakes Sabbath

Sep 11, 2017 by

At my ordination interview, I didn’t give the best answer when the committee asked me about my practices of self-care. “One day each week I take a sabbath rest,” I said brightly. And then for good...

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Does God intervene?

Sep 11, 2017 by

If B. Harry Dyck (“Opting to Be Humanist,” Letters & Comments, Aug. 14) would read Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan he might understand that a just God must impose discipline. This just God...

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Truth with a capital T

Sep 11, 2017 by

Loren Yoder’s letter, “Too Much Justified Sin” (Aug. 14), was significant to contemporary believers and Truth. I predict a majority of the liberal-progressive Mennonites of today would see very little...

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