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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.

You give them something to eat

By on Jul 15, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I spent part of the morning of May 31 packaging and delivering bread. Every three years, the Mennonite-ish churches in our area pool their time, talent and resources to organize a relief sale for Mennonite Central Committee. And every three years, a friend in our church uses our church kitchen to bake bread for the sale. Like, a lot of bread. Like, 350 loaves of bread. He arrives at 4:30 in the morning, turns on CBC radio and works until late afternoon. Sourdough, whole wheat, muesli, raisin, white . . .  the list goes on and on. He told me...

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Christian nationalism, the border and Fourth of July church in Dallas

By and on Jul 12, 2019 in The World Together | 1 comment

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I first became aware of the power of Christian nationalism last year, during an interview at the Evangelicals for Life Conference in Washington, D.C., a gathering that coincided with the March for Life, a large, predominantly conservative Christian rally to oppose abortion and urge the reversal of Roe v. Wade. My conversation partner that morning was Dean Inserra, a prominent conservative evangelical pastor, the founder of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., a Liberty University grad and an advisory member of the Ethics and Religious Liberty...

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A resignation’s core values

By and on Jul 3, 2019 in The World Together | 1 comment

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In Jane Philpott’s letter of resignation from Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet in March, she stated it grieved her to leave her post as President of the Treasury Board. But, she went on to say, “I must abide by my core values . . . there can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.” She resigned in protest of allegations that the Primer Minister’s Office pressured the nation’s chief prosecutor to defer prosecution in a criminal case against a large construction...

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The bread of the Lord’s compassion

By on Jul 1, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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“We get our bread at the peril of our lives” (Lam. 5:9). In Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, at the Mennonite Family Center, we hear Boris Letkemann share his family’s story of exile and homecoming. There was so much suffering and so much death. Boris remembers, they took his father and his father never returned. Years later, in a camp in Siberia, the family is reunited and they make their way back to Zaporizhzhia. Today, Boris works at the center and helps provide food, shelter and support for people like him who need what he needed those many...

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Everything that frustrates me about the Anabaptist tradition

By on Jun 27, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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My theological leanings don’t define me. Each one of us is God’s creation, the apple of his eye. That’s where I intend to reside. Yet, identifying the framework through which we view Scripture, and acknowledging the nuances of our traditions and how they shape our faith, can help us understand each other. There is a deep stirring among many today who have grown up in conservative Anabaptist churches. In a recent article, I wrote about everything I love in the Anabaptist tradition. Here, I share things that frustrate me. What I share...

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Moving forward together

By on Jun 25, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Have you ever made a decision when you were for the idea and the other person was against it? Or, been on a board when a vote went five in favor and four against? It’s not fun to move ahead that way. Which of us, if we think of relationships rather than about winning, is OK with “majority rules” decision making? I hope not many. Perhaps there is a better way. I joined Steve Berg and David Wiebe as representatives of the Canadian Mennonite Brethren family at the April 2018 Mennonite World Conference General Council meetings in Kenya....

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Confession of Faith in a Progressive Mennonite Perspective

By on Jun 20, 2019 in The World Together | 9 comments

Introduction Every age group in the United States is less religiously involved than it was a generation ago. In particular, the number of youth and young adults dropping out of the church has been growing at an alarming rate. Why are so many people leaving the church? In national surveys the most frequent response is a loss of faith. The church has failed to present and live out its faith in a way that is attractive, persuasive, and morally and intellectually credible. This Confession of Faith in a Progressive Mennonite Perspective is meant to...

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A very private residence

By on Jun 18, 2019 in The World Together | 1 comment

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In 2005, Arlan Kaufman and his wife Linda went on trial in Wichita, Kan., on federal charges that included Medicare fraud and involuntary servitude. A friend of mine attended the trial with the intention of writing a book about it. If my friend had written the book as she once intended, I certainly would have read it. Instead, in the course of a 2018 visit to my home in Albuquerque, N.M., she casually mentioned that her book would never be written. When I displayed curiosity about the subject matter, she offered to send me the materials she...

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Resurrection . . . of this man?

By on Jun 14, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Some religion(s) focus on telling us what to believe about God — this, that and the other thing. And some religionists struggle with how to reconcile the beliefs of one religion about God with the beliefs of other religions about God. But it is possible to look at this a little differently, and say that the big thing is what we believe about people. I get, or at least think I do, this idea from Jesus. Jesus taught that all people should be loved, and that to live in love is to live in God. But this is to believe something very different...

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Doing Justice: The power of relationships

By on Jun 11, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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When I joined the pastoral team of a Mennonite congregation after seminary, I asked myself: What does it mean to be a pastor of a predominantly white church in America in the 1990s? After pondering this question, it seemed that as a congregation we ought to at least be in relationship with African-American brothers and sisters. This would help us remember that we are an incomplete part of a broken body, and that we need the experiences and perspectives of black Christians to help us more fully understand the gospel and to live faithfully in...

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