The lion, the lamb, and the candidate

Oct 17, 2019 by

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro visited Edith Espinal at our church Tuesday morning. He met with her privately for about 20 minutes, listening to her story, followed by a press conference at...

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A morning with ICE

Sep 18, 2019 by

On the morning of Aug. 27, eight of us gathered in a circle in the foyer at Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church and joined hands. We prayed for a successful morning. We prayed for strength and courage and peace....

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Hidden churches

Mar 11, 2019 by

While on a visit to the Netherlands in January, our hosts showed us around. Part of our tour included visiting two historic Mennonite “hidden churches.” Both churches were built in the early 1600s when...

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One year in: A Sanctuary reflection

Nov 14, 2018 by

Oct. 2 was the one year anniversary of Edith in Sanctuary in our Columbus Mennonite Church building. The press continues to tell her story sympathetically, like THIS article in The Guardian, and THIS one in...

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Social media and the Reformation

Oct 26, 2017 by

What do Facebook and Twitter have in common with the Protestant Reformation? Nothing and everything. Oct. 31 is the 500-year anniversary of the German monk and professor Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to...

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Singing as if life depended on it

Dec 22, 2014 by

After noticing its persistent presence on my Facebook newsfeed for multiple days, I caved and watched the three minute video of Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, singing Christian songs to Gladys, an elderly woman...

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A weekend with Central District Conference

Jul 4, 2014 by

Last weekend I was one of four Columbus, Ohio, Mennonite delegates to the Central District Conference annual gathering, hosted by Madison Mennonite Church in Wisconsin. Yep, Wisconsin. And we didn’t have...

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Learning to see

Feb 9, 2014 by

Greetings from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. It’s c-c-c-cold with lots of snow on the ground, but a surprising number of people have shown up for this year’s...

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