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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.

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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Reflections on Ukraine: Can it happen again?

By on Oct 17, 2018 in The World Together | 2 comments

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Women in Odessa, Kherson, Zaporozhe, Dnipro and Kiev adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been the Mennonite colony of Molotschna greet busloads of camera-laden pilgrims with welcoming smiles and generous offerings of honey from their hives. I want to bow to these women and men for their unpretentious beauty and generosity. They are not Mennonites, these generous people, and don’t know much about the Mennonites who built and first...

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Lost and found

By on Oct 15, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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We love boundaries. We put them up all the time. Our countries are not the only things in life that are divided by borders. These boundaries may help us define who we are, but they also can lead us to assume we know others based on what they appear to be. And most of the time, if people aren’t like us, we consider them lost. Are you conservative or liberal? Are you Republican or Democrat? Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Are you LGBTQ affirming or traditional? What’s your race, your favorite sports team, your gender, your religion, your...

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A formula for atheism

By on Oct 12, 2018 in The World Together | 7 comments

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A few years ago the pastor of an evangelical-fundamentalist church with whom I’m acquainted announced on the Sunday after Easter that he had become an atheist. He told his stunned congregation that he had been an atheist for a year and a half and that all attempts to revive his faith had failed. So on the Sunday after Easter he publicly left Christianity and moved on with his life — a life with no more Easters. A few days after his bombshell resignation I met with this now erstwhile pastor. As I listened to his story, it quickly became...

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