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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 know, “love one another” really is enough

By on Jan 18, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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The 4th century theologian Jerome tells a story about the Apostle John. John was old and frail, unable to walk, so his disciples would carry him into the gathering of believers on the Lord’s Day. Every week these were his words to the congregation: “Little children, love one another.” This went on week after week, until at last, more than a little weary of these repeated words, his disciples asked him, “Master, why do you always say this?” “Because,” John replied, “it is the Lord’s command, and if this only is done, it is...

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From a focus on anger to a focus on love

By on Jan 16, 2019 in Latest Issue, The World Together | 1 comment

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Anyone who knows me or sees me, knows me as that activist human who is very political. In the fall I finished an internship at the Indiana Democratic Party that I had since the beginning of June. I have loved this internship; I’ve gotten to know so many people, made lifelong friends and gotten to know the community I’ve called home for the last decade in ways I never imagined. But activism is hard. It’s a lot of work. A lot of the work seems fruitless at times, especially when dealing with institutions. That leads to a lot of...

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Where is Christianity headed? The view from 2019

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

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Two decades into the 21st century, the world is becoming more religious, not less. Faith from diverse traditions grows as population expands throughout most of the Global South. Last year, nearly 50 million more Christians were added in Africa, making it the continent with the most adherents to Christianity in the world, with 631 million. In the U.S., a narrative of religious decline and growing secularism is now culturally popular. The percentage of “nones” — those claiming no religious affiliation — is growing, particularly among...

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Who am I?

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

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It was in a little church near St. Marys, Ont., that my wife and I were baptized and became members of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. After the service, the minister who had baptized us advised us to “Just be yourselves.” That was a very kind and generous welcome, but I didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t really know who I was. I have spent the 40 years since that day sifting through the baggage I have picked up along the road of life and trying to discern which of those things have a place in defining who I am. My...

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Celebrating 50 years in Canada

By on Jan 9, 2019 in The World Together | 1 comment

Celebrating 50 years in Canada

Sam Steiner and I went out for lunch in early November to celebrate his 50th anniversary of arriving in Canada as a Vietnam-era draft resister. Back in Indiana, I had been part of what we would now call an intervention. We, his friends, implored Sam to immigrate to Canada. We did not think his spirit could tolerate prison in the U.S. at that time. We prevailed. So I wasn’t too surprised when Sam asked me to come along in the car taking him into Canada, so he could look for housing and a job. Then a week later, I accompanied him again as he...

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What I learned about prayer this year

By on Jan 7, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Prayer has been an increasingly greater focus in my life the past two years and has been linked to my New Year’s resolutions (Well, actually the word I choose each year. Yes, I joined the one-word fad.). Henri Nouwen states, “The basis of all ministry rests not in the moral life but the mystical life,” and I’ve been challenged by that statement. If I really believed that, then I would pray more. Thus, I’ve been reading Prayer: Does it Make a Difference?, Sanctuary of the Soul: A Journey into Meditative Prayer, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire,...

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When we are looking for “life,” what do we mean?

By on Jan 4, 2019 in The World Together | 0 comments

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If you ask someone getting ready to change churches why they’re doing it, somewhere in the conversation they will likely bring up the idea of life. They’re looking for more life. Everyone’s looking for life. The small Burmese family who sold their daughter into the prostitution industry so they could afford to make it through their days without starving to death is looking for life. The single mom who bore 16 children since her youth as the result of rape is looking for life. The homeless man who doesn’t know where he’ll sleep...

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German-Americans and World War I: A cautionary tale

By on Dec 26, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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My great uncle, Henry A. Reimer, was nearly lynched during World War I. He was a German-speaking immigrant from Russia living in Collinsville, Okla., and had been arrested and jailed on suspicions he was pro-Germany in the war. On the night of April 19, 1918, a mob of some 50 men stormed the jail, overpowering the assistant chief and two patrolmen. What then happened was reported the following day by the New York Times: “Dragging the prisoner to the second floor of the City Hall, into the Home Guard Armory, the men stood him on a chair,...

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Light emerges out of darkness

By on Dec 20, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5). I read these words as Tom and I took off from Seattle for an early morning flight to Pennsylvania a couple of weeks ago. Then I looked outside the window...

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All we need to know

By on Dec 18, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I don’t know if I have ever been able to convincingly say that I love God. So, I don’t really say it very much. I don’t not love him, but to claim that I love him has always felt like a stretch to me. Mostly because I can’t see him.  I believe he is there, here, everywhere. I believe that the Christ is God incarnate, that he is everything . . . our before, our after . . . that all things are called to him. Richard Rohr quotes Teilhard de Chardin as saying that “the cosmos is fundamentally and primarily living. Christ, through his...

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