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Mennonite World Review curates a blog, The World Together, of Anabaptist-themed writing from a wide variety of sources across the Anabaptist world. To submit a blog post, email editor@mennoworld.org.

Our troubling Mennonite inferiority complex

By on Nov 16, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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“Many American Christians simply assume that the state has no business dictating church beliefs or practices, that a church should be a gathered body of believers rather than a net that that scoops up everyone within the area of a parish, and that baptism is a step of obedience upon profession of faith. What most do not know is that Mennonites were the first (surviving) group of Christians to insist on these things, and that they died by the thousands for doing so.” — “You May Be More Mennonite Than You Think” (Christian History...

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One year in: A Sanctuary reflection

By on Nov 14, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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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 The Dispatch. Edith actually first entered Sanctuary last Labor Day, but was able to briefly return home before entering long term on Oct. 2. Over this past year I have thought many times about that Wednesday evening last August when we completed our accelerated discernment process to become a Sanctuary church. It was the second...

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“Djagalah Anak Kambing Koe” (“Tend My Lambs”)

By and on Nov 12, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Renewal 2027 is a 10-year series of events organized by Mennonite World Conference’s Faith and Life Commission to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. This series highlights leaders in the movement from history to the present. Tee Siem Tat (1872-1940) and his wife, Sie Djoen Nio (1875-1962), were transformed by the Holy Spirit and founded Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia (GKMI), an Anabaptist conference in Indonesia. Tee Siem Tat was a successful businessman in Kudus, Central Java. He ran a big...

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Samaritan’s Purse and the Parable of the Good Muslim

By on Nov 9, 2018 in The World Together | 3 comments

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I’m always dismayed when I hear yet another example of the widespread ignorance and prejudice against Islam in America.  But I’m particularly upset when that misinformation comes from Christian religious leaders. Such an incident occurred earlier this year when the nomination of Samaritan’s Purse executive Ken Isaacs to head the International Organization for Migration was rejected, apparently in large part because of remarks made by Isaacs that denigrated Islam. “In tweets, social media posts and radio appearances reviewed by The...

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Hutterite heirloom seeds – A harvest of memories

By on Nov 7, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night” (Gen. 8:22). On a Hutterite colony, typically one couple is in charge of the vegetable garden. They’re the ones who decide what will be planted, when the garden needs weeding or produce is ready to be picked. For these tasks, the women’s work group and sometimes the men and older children will help as well. When it’s a smaller task, like digging a few boxes of carrots for the kitchen, the gardener couple will do it with...

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Statement on shooting at Tree of Life synagogue

By on Nov 5, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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Throughout this year a group of us within Mennonite Church USA has been meeting to discuss Mennonite and Jewish relations. We are pastors, scholars and laypeople. Some of us work for Mennonite agencies and institutions; others don’t. For some of us this is as close as our marriage partner, or a personal dual identity. Our work is an outgrowth of the 2017 resolution passed by delegates in Orlando, “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine: A Resolution for Mennonite Church USA.” We have been meeting regularly, brainstorming ways to assist...

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What Amish have to teach us

By on Oct 31, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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I live in Lancaster County, Pa., home to one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the world. My work brings me into regular contact with the Amish. I have come to believe that one of today’s notable ironies is that the Amish, who appear backward to many people, have very important lessons for mainstream society. Strange as it sounds, we super-charged modern people should allow the Amish to be our teachers if we are to thrive as a society. I’m not suggesting that we become Amish! What I am proposing is that all of us who are not...

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Commemoration at the Presidio

By on Oct 26, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Recently I had the privilege of being asked to speak in San Francisco at the event, Presidio 27: “Mutiny” at the Stockade. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the peaceful sit-down by 27 Army prisoners at the stockade there on October 14, 1968. The so-called mutiny involved 27 prisoners stepping away from formation that morning and sitting in a circle in the nearby grass to sing “We Shall Overcome.” The soldiers read a statement condemning the overcrowded and brutal conditions in the stockade, and protesting the killing two days...

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The waste of love

By on Oct 23, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I wake up with a dark hole of emptiness eating through my chest, and it takes me a second to realize why. My little girl is gone. The child that I loved from the minute I set eyes on her is gone. I still remember how she felt sleeping heavily in my arms that first night, her chunky bandages awkwardly propped against me. When she woke and stirred in my arms, I said, “Sweetheart, I’m going to take you to my house to get better. Is that okay?” She nodded and nestled her head in my chest again. Will and I brought her home to the bed waiting...

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From sharing to testimony

By on Oct 19, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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As a young adult I was part of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), and learned to write a three-minute testimony as a way of sharing my faith with other people. What was my life like before coming to Christ? How and why did I come to make a Christian commitment? What changed afterward? Although I didn’t have a dramatic story to tell, working with that three-part outline was a helpful way to reflect on my own journey of faith and to think about how I might share it with others. Since that time, my understanding and practice of testimony has...

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