A call to offer welcome and refuge

Feb 24, 2020 by and

Over two weeks in January and February, I traveled in the U.S.-Mexico border region from San Diego, Calif., to Brownsville, Texas, with stops in more than 10 cities on both sides of the border. I have seen and...

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Extending the good news to those who are excluded

Nov 18, 2019 by

“He has sent me to proclaim good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted” (Isaiah 61:1). On a recent Mennonite Central Committee learning tour, we heard overwhelming stories of abuse from the...

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The bread of the Lord’s compassion

Jul 1, 2019 by

“We get our bread at the peril of our lives” (Lam. 5:9). In Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, at the Mennonite Family Center, we hear Boris Letkemann share his family’s story of exile and homecoming. There was so...

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God multiplies our efforts

Feb 6, 2019 by and

“The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail” I Kings 17:14. Ana Hinojosa remembers growing up on the Texas-Mexico border near Brownsville in the late 1980s. Her family’s house...

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We can become one again

Nov 26, 2018 by and

Only when Babylon’s 70 years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. – Jer. 29:10 Just after the Korean War in the 1950s, Hyung Gon Lee was a...

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War will not stop us

Feb 27, 2018 by

Come to me, all you that are weary . . . and I will give you rest. — Matt. 11:28 “I always pray, God, please protect us today.” Rima Absi is speaking about the rocket fire in Damascus, Syria. She is...

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‘From death to life’

Mar 27, 2017 by

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. — Col. 3:15 On Easter morning in April 1528 in Augsburg, Germany, almost 100 Anabaptists were rounded up by...

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MCC U.S. statement on immigrants and refugees

Jan 27, 2017 by and

Do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. (Zechariah 7:10) Mennonite Central Committee U.S. decries the executive actions on...

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MCC Christmas message: Pray with us for peace

Dec 15, 2016 by , and

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. Exactly 200 years ago, in the...

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MCC statement on sexualized violence

Jun 3, 2016 by and

As stories of harm within our faith communities increase, Mennonite Central Committee is committed to speaking out against sexualized violence. Sexualized violence is physical or psychological violence carried...

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We need to support each other

Mar 10, 2016 by

You are the salt of the earth . . . you are the light of the world. — Matt. 5:13-14 “MCC envisions communities in right relationship with God, one another and creation.” I am speaking to a summit for...

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The faith of Syrian Christians

Jan 26, 2016 by

How long, O God? Will you forget me forever? — Psalm 13:1 A few days ago, I arrived in Lebanon from where MCC staff work with a dozen partner groups in Lebanon and Syria. It has been several years since...

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MCC tribute to Robert Kreider (1919-2015)

Dec 31, 2015 by , and

In one of Jesus’ parables in the Gospel of Matthew, a master praises his good and faithful servant for having proven himself trustworthy in a few things. Throughout his long life and his extensive and...

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An Advent call to Jesus’ way: hospitality, generosity, peace, love

Dec 11, 2015 by and

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us . . . to guide our feet into the way of peace. — Luke 1:78-79 During this season of Advent, we wait expectantly for the coming of...

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A season of giving

Dec 3, 2015 by

We think of Thanksgiving and Christmas as a season for giving. More and more, though, we also remember that Thanksgiving commemorates a time of taking, when several hundred years ago, my ancestors took land...

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Welcoming immigrants while stepping on by

Nov 2, 2015 by

God executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing. — Deuteronomy 10:18 10,000 steps every day. That’s just over five miles. I have a...

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Peace is a calling

Jan 21, 2015 by

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. — Matthew 5:9 Just over 20 years ago, in a 100-day period, the genocide in Rwanda resulted in the deaths of almost 1 million Tutsis and...

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A report from prison in Burkina Faso

Dec 30, 2014 by

Today I am in prison in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. I walked into the Maco prison, the oldest and biggest prison in the city, with a Mennonite Central Committee partner who works with juvenile offenders, but now...

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