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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 rstella@mennoworld.org.

Inclusion of people with disabilities in the church

By on Jun 27, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Who is welcome at your church? What makes you so sure? What evidence do you have to prove this? It was a typical Sunday like any other. I walked into the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m., quickly found my seat in the balcony with my friends and prepared my heart for worship. I love my church very dearly and I was excited about this being one of the few Sundays I had off work where I was actually able to take in the whole service without rushing off afterward. However, my thoughts were elsewhere. You see, the past weekend I attended the Tio Conference...

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3 meditative questions to enhance your day

By on Jun 24, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Our oldest daughter is finishing up her last week of school. First grade has been full of excitement, growth opportunities and new experiences. Over the course of the past year, I have seen her beautiful personality blossom more fully. She is kind, caring, compassionate, smart, hard-working and welcoming to everyone. She tries hard in everything she does, and excels in what she puts her mind to. Every day has been full of possibility and potential. So it drove me crazy when she’d walk in the door and we’d have what I’d guess is a fairly...

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When violence is a good thing

By on Jun 22, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I don’t always understand our world. It’s a tough, complicated mess of lives and loves, fears and failures. And core to our world and news about it these days is violence; which comes in an ever-increasing number of deathly forms. ISIS, police brutality, mass shootings, fear of nuclear wars — these are repeated often enough to numb our ears and hearts. Even as I wrote this, I had to make a quick move to turn down the volume on the TV to shield my kids’ ears from more bad news. What are we to do in the midst of such violence? Does our...

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The pope has a point about marriage

By on Jun 20, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Pope Francis got himself in trouble recently for suggesting that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are “invalid” because couples do not fully appreciate that they are making a lifetime commitment. The fact that this statement would draw criticism is puzzling, on the face of it, because who would dispute this after even a cursory glance at the world we live in? Apparently conservative critics objected to his use of the word “invalid.” Perhaps they think that this word will provide a loophole for those...

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12 symptoms of religious politics

By on Jun 17, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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The biggest turnoff to people about the Christian church is the politics that take place when it becomes institutionalized. My generation is especially exhausted by inauthenticity in spiritual leaders and those who are too spineless to stand for what’s right when doing so means losing constituents. But religious politics isn’t played only at the leadership level. In fact, it begins as young people in the youth group. It deepens through cliques at Bible school and culminates in the jealous battle for favor and attention over “ordinations...

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How God makes a miracle

By on Jun 16, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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How does God make a miracle? In the beginning, God spoke and created the miracle of life. In the gospels, Jesus spoke and healed the sick. In Acts, the Spirit of God descended in a mighty wind and spoke through the disciples in many different languages. In these and other instances, God performed a miracle with a divine word. But sometimes God works a miracle through ordinary means, using the ordinary objects and everyday actions of human life. For example, when Jesus feeds the crowds, he uses the ordinary loaves and fish of a boy’s lunch....

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God’s image in your neighborhood

By on Jun 15, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Some people see God best in nature. They love walking in parks and botanical gardens for hours. The natural world breathes life into their spirit. It’s where they prefer to be. I’ve never been one of those people. It used to sort of niggle at me that I wasn’t more of a nature lover. As if it were some sort of flaw that I’d rather hang out with friends and drink coffee or read a book than take a walk in the woods outside my door. If God is best seen in nature, surely a person should want to be there as much as possible, right? Or at...

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Passive bystanders facilitate hate

By on Jun 14, 2016 in The World Together | 8 comments

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Things whose existence is not morally possible cannot exist. — Old German Proverb In his book States of Denial, Stanley Coheni writes about the deadly triangle of perpetrator, victim and bystander. In particular, he raises questions about citizen apathy in the presence of violence. In the early hours of the morning on June 12, a gunman entered a gay night club and began a shooting spree. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 injured. The question for bystanders (for in the age of television and electronic media, we are all bystanders) is...

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What makes your heart burn?

By on Jun 13, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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The great desert monk Antony was once asked, “What good work shall I do?” Antony responded, “Whatever you find you are drawn to in following God’s will, do it and let your heart be at peace.” (The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks by Benedicta Ward) What is your heart drawn to? We forget that God can actually have a role in drawing the heart. It’s like those two disciples learned on the road to Emmaus — their hearts were “burning within them” as the resurrected Jesus spoke with them on the road (Luke...

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Mennonite church coming apart over sexuality issues

By and on Jun 10, 2016 in The World Together | 17 comments

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Former MWR associate editor Rich Preheim wrote the following article for Religion News Service. We believe MWR readers will be interested in how he describes events in Mennonite Church USA for a wider audience. A year ago, Mennonite Church USA was one of many Christian groups struggling with dissension over the place of gays and lesbians in the church. Today, it’s not just struggling, but falling apart. The divisions reached the highest level of leadership after a member of the denomination’s Executive Board resigned last month after...

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