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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.

Seminary interns can’t work for free

By on Feb 11, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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This blog post has been on my heart and mind for several years. I often have started writing it, but then refrained from posting for fear of offending others. Yet, in light of the fact that I have posted many controversial things on my blog, I am sure that by now you know this is just my style. What I am about to say is not easy. I do not want to sound ungrateful or bitter. But, I think it needs to be said. So here goes: Since I was 18, I have intentionally been studying for the ministry. I have loved it and I have struggled with it. I have...

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Preparing for Ash Wednesday

By on Feb 9, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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This last weekend I spent a lot of time getting myself ready for Lent. I de-cluttered my desk, re-organized my prayer gardens and wrote an Ash Wednesday prayer. At the beginning of a new liturgical season, this organizing of my special space has become an important practice for me and one that I would highly recommend to everyone. Interweaving spiritual symbols that speak to us of the liturgical season with objects that are meaningful in our daily lives is a powerful way to find renewed intimacy in our faith. I love to combine spiritual...

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A balancing act in life

By on Feb 8, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Modern life is definitely fast-paced. We have cities that never sleep. We race around until we are about to have a nervous breakdown because we are out of time and energy and there are hardly any items checked off of the to-do list. Why? Why are we stressing ourselves so much with a multitude of demands on our time? It most likely comes back to our Western culture. Our values include things such as more is better and survival of the fittest. We have become so used to the frantic paces of our lives that we struggle to spend any quiet time...

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‘Classic injustice collectors’

By on Feb 5, 2016 in The World Together | 1 comment

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It was an ordinary Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016, to be exact. I was straightening up my kitchen, doing meds and trying to make some resemblance of order on the counter where everything gets stashed, when a story came on NPR’s Morning Edition. I was half listening, half off in another world when something caught my ear. For real! The announcer was talking about acts of violence that were blamed on ISIS, when there is no verifiable connection between the perpetrator(s) and the ISIS organization. The phrase that caught my attention was this:...

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Are Allah and God the same?

By on Feb 4, 2016 in The World Together | 8 comments

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Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? It seems simple. Muslims view Allah as the creator, the one who called Abraham, the one who gave the Ten Commandments at Sinai. And there is only one God. So of course Muslims and Christians speak of the same God. Ask Larycia Hawkins if it’s simple! On Dec. 10, she posted on Facebook that she, as a Christian, was going to wear a headscarf (the hijab) during Advent as an expression of compassion and solidarity with Muslims. She invited other women to do the same out of a shared humanity and...

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Sex trafficking and the Super Bowl

By on Feb 3, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Perhaps you’ve seen it in your newsfeed this year or in a year past. Regardless of who published it, the article is likely to have a shocking headline similar to: “Super Bowl is Largest Human Trafficking Event”, or something to that effect. However, that claim is completely untrue. During my past four years of doctoral research, I’ve split my time between studying a theology of shalom, social movement theory and human trafficking in the United States — topics I blended together in my dissertation, Blessed are the Shalom-Makers. As...

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Qualities in political candidates

By on Feb 2, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I observed late last month that the candidacy of Donald Trump should push pastors — and others looked to for pastoral counsel — to take up the work of political theology and help their parishioners answer questions about Christian participation in politics. At the time of the Iowa caucuses, at least one such question has come sharply into focus: What qualities should Christian voters seek in political candidates? Consider how two Christian university presidents have spoken into the presidential campaign in recent weeks. Both are...

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Amping up our emotions

By on Feb 1, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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As a person who has always been surrounded by music, I’ve learned to appreciate many different genres. Truth be told, I can listen to most things, at least for a little while. Sure, I have my favorites, but I find the diversity and variety intriguing. I’ve seen and experienced this beauty my whole life. My mom was in the local orchestra growing up and I always loved it when I got to go hear the concerts. I started playing trombone in fifth grade and participated in jazz, orchestral, and marching bands. My wife is a music major and...

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Syrian refugees and the Israelite exodus

By on Jan 29, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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An interesting story about some Syrian refugees in Toronto has been making the rounds, discussing how many are beginning to feel hopeless stuck in their hotels waiting to be processed. The article specifically refers to the hotel used as a case as a “budget hotel.” This probably means small rooms crammed with large families, bland and repetitive food, being unable to talk to anybody without knowing English, and being unable to even take your kids outside because it’s not like you could pack winter boots with you from Syria (it’s been a...

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Change in the church

By on Jan 28, 2016 in The World Together | 1 comment

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Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. I wish there was an emoticon for anxiety to accompany my thoughts on change. I think that the Christian Church across Canada is experiencing such a time of dramatic change. Although the Mennonite Church Canada family has been navigating this period of change through the work of the Future Directions Task Force, the need for modification is not unique to us. The Canadian context is significantly different than when our current church...

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