Spiritual starvation

Feb 12, 2018 by

I thank God daily for the grace of growing up in a strong Mennonite community. As a prodigal returning to faith and looking for a church home, I applaud the great outreach and service of the Mennonite church....

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Book review: ‘The Fog of Faith’

Feb 12, 2018 by

In early January, Oprah Winfrey gave an astounding speech at The Golden Globe awards, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement and declaring “a new day is on the horizon” for women who...

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Anabaptist by the original definition

Feb 9, 2018 by

The next executive director of Mennonite Church USA calls himself a “traditional Anabaptist,” having been rebaptized at Calvary Community Church, a Mennonite congregation in Hampton, Va. He’s also a...

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Nonresistant love

Feb 8, 2018 by

I was 17 the first time a friend asked me the question, “So what do Mennonites believe?” In a typical Mennonite response, I checked my way through a list of unique positions that my church holds, one of...

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After hurricane, a reblossoming in Puerto Rico

Feb 5, 2018 by and

CAYEY, Puerto Rico — Despite the pummeling received from Hurricane Maria in September, Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation is blooming early this year, pushing out blossoms and leaves on trees amputated of major...

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Dutch navigate shrinking numbers, more outreach

Feb 5, 2018 by and

Faced with steadily declining membership, Dutch Mennonites are streamlining their structure and working to build their identity as Anabaptist Christians in a thoroughly secular society. A 2016 document by...

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Indiana congregation puts faith in house of hope

Feb 5, 2018 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Members of Faith Mennonite Church wondered if God was calling them to expand their ministry of hospitality. They’ve found their answer next door. On Dec. 7, 2016, a number of people met at...

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Ohio nursing home resident dies of hypothermia

Feb 5, 2018 by

The death of a 76-year-old resident of a Mennonite-run nursing home prompted an investigation by the Ohio Department of Health. Phyllis Campbell was found dead Jan. 7 in the courtyard of Hilty Home in Pandora,...

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Should the church have rituals and traditions?

Feb 5, 2018 by

Of those traditions kept by my conservative Mennonite church, a foot-washing ritual was one of the more notable. It is a practice based in the example of Jesus who washed the feet of the disciples and then...

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Facing death with laughter

Feb 5, 2018 by

I’m in the process of editing a 20-page essay on the spirit of the Ausbund, a German book of Anabaptist songs still used in some Amish circles. Many of the lyrics tell stories of Anabaptist martyrs. The...

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Undone via confession

Feb 2, 2018 by

Once a week or so, I join a few Anglican clergy for morning prayers. Like many who grew up in a “low church” tradition with its relentless demands (real or perceived) for extemporaneity in prayer and...

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Faith bodies must affirm opposition to nuclear war

Feb 1, 2018 by and

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved up its “Doomsday Clock.” Nuclear war is a real possibility. Faith bodies must pressure Congress to act. In the 1980s, as the Cold War raged and the...

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