Miller: ‘Why did you stay?’

Aug 10, 2020 by

A friend asked me recently, “Why did you stay in Mennonite Church USA when they really didn’t want you?” I had been asked that before, but no one had ever said “when they really didn’t want you.”...

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Miller: Parents’ lessons stick for life

May 18, 2020 by

Complying with a stay-at-home order has given me lots of time to catch up on projects around the house — cleaning out landscape beds, reorganizing the garage, decluttering the office. The list is long. I...

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Miller: Please, don’t talk about that

Nov 25, 2019 by

Dear Family: I know we’re all looking forward to gathering at Grandma’s house this Christmas to enjoy holiday food and catch up on the latest happenings with our loved ones. But, as you all remember, last...

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Miller: Legacies are more than money

Sep 2, 2019 by

Not long ago I received a brochure from a charitable organization. On the front was the headline, “Leave a Legacy.” I soon discovered “Leave a Legacy” meant “write a big check.” If the check was...

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Miller: The old farmhouse

Jun 10, 2019 by

When I heard my Amish grandparents’ farmhouse was being razed because of black mold, and a new house would be built, I knew change was coming to a place that seemed timeless. I spent summer vacation there,...

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Miller: Cuba open for business

Mar 18, 2019 by

I recently returned from Cuba, where I co-led a group of 18 delegates on a educational, people-to-people experience sponsored by the Sarasota, Fla., chapter of Mennonite Economic Development Associates. I have...

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Miller: Gift of compassion

Dec 17, 2018 by

Aimee Smucker noticed the little dog as she left a Sarasota, Fla., drugstore. The animal lover couldn’t just walk by, so she reached down to pet the Yorkie attached to a leash held by an older man. She...

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Miller: The pacifist, the colonel and the flag

Sep 24, 2018 by

Seldom a week goes by that I don’t hear about relationships being frayed because of political differences. “How can you claim to be a Christian and vote for Trump/Clinton?” Political affiliation and...

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Miller: Never too old to love

Jul 2, 2018 by

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day held extra significance for Bob and Ina Hostetler this year. Just a few months earlier, the couple completed the adoption of a 2-year-old son they call Papi. For a couple in...

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Miller: Objects of curiosity

Apr 9, 2018 by

Tim Huber’s editorial, “A Name Worth Keeping” (March 12), supported keeping “Mennonite” as an identifier even though it raises questions among many people unfamiliar with us. I found it timely and...

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Miller: Enough to give more

Jan 15, 2018 by

Every December, my partner, John, and I review our charitable giving and develop a budget for the year ahead. We’ve found developing a budget requires us think about what organizations, including our local...

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Miller: What can I do?

Oct 23, 2017 by

“What can I do to help?” peo­ple ask after natural disasters. The question became more pertinent for me after dodging Hurricane Irma as it made its way toward Sarasota, Fla., where I live. Thankfully, the...

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Miller: Back after 26 years

Jul 31, 2017 by

I was a delegate to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, Fla., July 4-8. I last attended a denominational convention in 1991, when the Mennonite Church gathered at the University of Oregon. Much has...

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Miller: Life-saving gifts

May 8, 2017 by

Kind deeds are frequently spontaneous life-giving events that bring joy to recipient and giver. Beyond that, generosity’s impact often reaches far beyond the recipient and the donor to include those who...

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Miller: Change for a dollar

Feb 13, 2017 by

A $1 bill in today’s economy might seem to have little value. But Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, Fla., has discovered how a single dollar bill can multiply for positive results on individual lives...

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Miller: Gifts that bring joy to the giver

Nov 21, 2016 by

Christmas is weeks away, but I’m thinking about gift-giving. Finding the right gift for some people can be a challenge. I don’t recall many gifts I’ve given over the years. But I will always remember...

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Gay and welcome

Aug 29, 2016 by

The murder of 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., is rapidly fading from our thoughts. But for members of the gay community, the massacre represents more than a random terror attack. It was...

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Generosity’s benefits

Jun 6, 2016 by

Once in a while, when I can’t sleep at night, I channel surf. Occasionally, I find a channel with a preacher promising that if I just send some money, I’ll get more money in return. I’ve been warned...

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Table talk

Mar 14, 2016 by

When I was growing up, our family dinner table was a favorite gathering place. We often had guests, and conversations were lively. Occasionally disagreements would arise, but my parents modeled hospitality...

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