An open letter to the church from the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges, universities and ...

Mar 15, 2016 by

Dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, As presidents of the schools to whom many of you have entrusted the formation of future leaders for our church’s witness in the world, we want to say with...

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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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Caught in the middle, leaders have a hard task

Jun 8, 2015 by

I have known James M. Lapp since we were children; of Bishop John E. Lapp’s sons, he was the closest to my age. In 1994, Southside Fellowship in Elkhart, Ind., accepted me as a gay member and subsequently...

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‘Anthem’ tradition

May 25, 2015 by

To say that “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (“606” in The Mennonite Hymnal) was just “plucked from an 1830 edition of the Boston Handel and Hayden Society Collection” (Editorial, May 11)...

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Taking words to heart

May 25, 2015 by

In “Don’t Break Up the Body” (April 27), James M. Lapp writes that the church is “our laboratory for learning to love, even when we disagree.” He states further, “What holds our body together is...

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Applying discipline

May 25, 2015 by

I’m disappointed that Mennonite Church USA has not applied spiritual discipline to the issue of marriage between one man and one woman. All Christians have sinful desires they suppress. People with...

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War crimes

May 11, 2015 by

Would it go beyond the pale to ask if our president is a war criminal? According to the blog, “Pray for U.S.,” as of March 18, 2013, President Obama had killed 204 children by drone attacks. On average,...

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Owning our choices

May 11, 2015 by

Don Patterson (Letters & Comments, April 13) writes that his congregation, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church of Kalona, Iowa, is being “forced out” of Mennonite Church USA. That sounds a little...

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God’s love shines

May 11, 2015 by

I am grateful for wonderful teachers like Esther Kratzer Koontz who catch the essence and vision of the Shine curriculum (“Sunday School Shines,” April 13). Thank you to Esther for sharing her testimony....

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MWR wins seven awards from press association

May 8, 2015 by

TORONTO — Mennonite World Review won seven awards, its second most ever, at the annual convention of Associated Church Press on May 1. For the 13th year in a row, MWR won one of the top three awards for...

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Not by coercion

Apr 27, 2015 by

I encourage all delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention to read “Christ-Centered Unity Is Still Possible” by John M. Miller (March 30). He suggests that our “obedience to Jesus” has been...

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Listen to Jesus

Apr 27, 2015 by

Excluding LGBT people has become the main default agenda of some Mennonite congregations. The recently announced new fellowship of congregations appears to have fallen in line with all the other groups who...

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Exit the detour

Apr 27, 2015 by

In the early church, authority resided in the congregation. The believers at Antioch received the letter from the Jerusalem conference not as a rule but “rejoiced at the exhortation” (Acts 15:31, NRSV)....

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Saving black lives

Apr 13, 2015 by

John Powell’s column, “Lives That Matter” (March 16), reflects his experience as an African-American in a society with a long history of racial injustice, which, as he suggests, continues. However, his...

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Simple is peaceful

Apr 13, 2015 by

When would it be right for an enemy nation to murder your family? If never, how can it be right for the U.S. to murder anyone else’s family? I oppose all war, so for me to pay federal income tax to train...

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Biblical families

Mar 30, 2015 by

Jim Powers (Letters, March 2) asserts that “the written word of God is clear on sex, family [and] roles in the church.” However, family and sexual practices vary greatly across time and cultures, and the...

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Whose lifestyle?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Mike Combs rightly denounces the term “homosexual life­style” (Letters, March 16). I don’t know what writers mean when they use that term, but I am certain it is negative. Consider the following...

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What about war?

Mar 30, 2015 by

The article on Choice Books (“100,000,000 Books,” Feb. 16) notes that Choice Books displays are in the Pentagon shopping area and in Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores. One book on the Choice...

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When culture is right

Mar 16, 2015 by

Letters to MWR have suggested that some Mennonites are changing our views on homosexuality and accepting gay and lesbian people because we are being influenced by our degenerate culture and not sticking to...

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Healthy obsession

Mar 16, 2015 by

Leonard Gross (Letters & Comments, Feb. 16) may well be right that Mennonite Church USA institutions are obsessed with John Howard Yoder. Or not. But for sure, this independent Anabaptist certainly is....

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