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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.

Searching for treasure

By on Sep 6, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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The kids could hardly wait until it was time. They’d watched us spread out the wood shavings on the lawn. Then they stayed to watch us toss pennies, nickels and dimes into the shavings. Finally, it was time. At the end of the count, the kids swooped down onto the pile of wood shavings. Some of them moved the shavings gingerly. A few picked them up in a clump in their fists; one guy picked them up in clumps and tossed them into the air. They found a few coins here and there, but frustration mounted when they realized there were more than 200...

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Shapers of conscience

By on Sep 5, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I am a 9-year-old standing in the lunch line at school. I can hear the lunch lady asking my peers in front of me if they want white milk or chocolate milk. Unlike my friends, I didn’t see myself as having a choice between white or chocolate because in my family, chocolate milk was a no-no. Too sweet, my parents told me. It would inevitably lead to cavities. So for years, even though I felt jealous of my peers as they slurped down their chocolate milk, I remained obedient — it was always white...

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8 advantages of a mobile mindset

By on Aug 31, 2017 in The World Together | 1 comment

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I’ve always envied those who’ve lived in the same area their whole life. Their family is nearby; their friends know all their childhood secrets and family idiosyncrasies; their future appears more stable; and they have a whole community in an emergency. However, I know that I would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t moved. I can’t even begin to imagine how my perspective on life would be different. While neither a mobile or stable perspective is better than the other, here are eight reasons I’m grateful I’ve moved: Loose...

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An urgent case for some ‘hilarious’ giving

By on Aug 30, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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All of us are shocked by the terrible effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas. And this represents only a fraction of the ongoing suffering experienced by millions in northern Africa and the Middle East due to relentless wars and famines. In the wake of a devastating first-century famine, Jewish missionary Paul urged Gentile believers in Corinth to take up a generous offering to aid believers in Judea, some 1000 miles away. In the original Greek text Paul describes God as delighting in “cheerful” giving, and...

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What is Christian hope?

By on Aug 28, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul — Heb. 6:19 Once, I received an email at my church account that claimed to be from a TV network. According to the email, they were seeking Mennonite couples for a “Wife Swap” episode. The email went on to spell out that they were looking for Mennonite families “because of their views on simplicity, peace and their hopeful outlook toward the world.” I didn’t send them any names. It sort of seemed like part of my pastoral job description to shield my flock from this sort of...

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A voice wavering

By on Aug 25, 2017 in The World Together | 2 comments

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“I wanted to be big, real. Heard.” — Lucinda J. Miller, Anything But Simple I don’t know what it is in me that drives me to want to be heard. Once upon a time, a friend told me that she had detected a repressed desire of mine — repressed because I am a woman, and a Mennonite. You practically shout in your public and private writings, ‘I want to preach!’ she wrote. Makes me want to scream, ‘Yes, you can!’ Preaching oozes from your fingertips. I had never considered preaching in my life — ridiculous notion! — and I tried to...

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The strangest day of my life

By on Aug 23, 2017 in The World Together | 1 comment

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I’ve been looking forward to watching this eclipse for months. I love bizarre, dream-like experiences where the normal rules of life don’t seem to apply. Like when I was in Thailand, exploring a semi-abandoned mall, where I’d walk through movie theaters and ice rinks and no one was there. Or when the floods of 2012 blocked roads and filled the play structure at school. Disasters seem kind of exciting to me, just so long as they’re not too disastrous. Because then the normal rules of life are turned on their end. Everyone thought that...

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MCC U.S. statement on white supremacy and racism

By on Aug 21, 2017 in The World Together | 1 comment

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Mennonite Central Committee is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. In light of recent events, we are again compelled to denounce and condemn the racist ideologies of white supremacy as sin and as “cosmic powers” and “spiritual forces of evil” at work against the purposes of God in creation. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the...

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I pity the fool

By on Aug 18, 2017 in The World Together | 6 comments

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Where do you locate evil? In the aftermath of the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., it’s easy to point to places where evil was active: evil was marching down the streets, under Confederate flags and Nazi swastikas. Evil was in the heart and mind of a man who slammed his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one and wounding 19. Evil was outside a golf course in New Jersey, as a politician tried to create a false moral equivalence, blaming “many sides” for the violence. Evil was on vivid display all...

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How to pray against racial hostility

By on Aug 17, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Where I live in British Columbia, the smoky haze is finally clearing, and I can actually see some blue sky this morning! Yet as a province we’re still in a state of emergency due to wildfires continuing to rage out of control in some areas, with more evacuation orders issued over the weekend. So I’ve been trying to pray for rain, for all the firefighters and other emergency workers, for those who have been evacuated, for those who have lost their homes, for all those affected by the devastating fires. At the same time, I’ve been thinking...

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