In all sincerity

Jun 24, 2019 by

The bride’s grandparents led the wedding procession. The two grandmothers walked down the center aisle; a grandson pushed the grandfather’s wheelchair. The attendants were next, followed by the groom and...

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Ethnic or faith heritage?

Jun 24, 2019 by

It’s innocently called shorthand. The word “Mennonite” can be used to describe a theology, or an ethnicity, or both. Each is valid in its own way. But painful damage is done when we disregard a faith...

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Schools put to the test

Jun 10, 2019 by

Pop quiz: How many Mennonite students does a Mennonite school need? Today’s answer: all of the above. As denominational identity erodes, institutional loyalty that defined religion in the 20th century goes...

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Pro-life peacemakers

Jun 10, 2019 by

Years ago, a Mennonite man shared his experience of facing an awful question: Should his wife have an abortion? An ultrasound during the first trimester had revealed a fetal abnormality. Doctors said the...

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Today’s peace churches

May 27, 2019 by

Historic Peace Churches are an exclusive club. Beginning with a 1935 conference bringing together Mennonite, Quaker and Church of the Brethren representatives, the “big three” have never added a...

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600,000 divided by 67

May 27, 2019 by

Does your church have a reason to be? There’s a reason it began, but does it have a purpose today? If your great-grandparents needed a shorter drive for the horse and buggy, that doesn’t count any...

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Nonconformity’s perils

May 13, 2019 by

Born from schism as a mark of truest obedience to the Lord, Anabaptists are better at breaking than binding. When the Reformation didn’t reform enough 500 years ago, Anabaptists went further, many paying the...

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Unforeseen outcomes

May 13, 2019 by

“What’s next?” During college commencement season, it’s the question on everyone’s lips. A graduate who doesn’t know the answer might tire of hearing it. A day of celebration offers little respite....

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Refined by fire

Apr 29, 2019 by

Watching one’s church burn is painful and horrifying. The people of Paris who prayed and sang as flames engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15 did not need to be members of its Catholic parish to feel...

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Bonus levels

Apr 29, 2019 by

The graduation ceremony was supposed to be a celebration, but one 30-year-old woman was crying. Casa Horeb, a Mennonite congregation in Guatemala City, was hosting a commencement event last year for people who...

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Dead fridge lives on, artistically

Apr 15, 2019 by

It had to happen eventually. The aged Kelvinator refrigerator that held the lunches of generations of journalists, typesetters and pressmen at Mennonite World Review fell silent and warm in 2015. As the solid...

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Most ancient testimony

Apr 15, 2019 by

Assigned to read Herzog by Saul Bellow, a college student encountered these thoughts on death: What is the philosophy of this generation? Not God is dead, that period was passed long ago. Perhaps it should be...

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An attack on one, an attack on all

Apr 1, 2019 by

People of faith applied the balm of prayer to the disease of hate after a gunman murdered 50 worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. Christians, Jews and others prayed with and for...

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Shameful tourists

Apr 1, 2019 by

Switzerland is a land of beauty and Anabaptist history. Many North American Mennonite and Amish people visit to get in touch with their faith’s roots. Most Swiss hosts are too gracious and polite to offer...

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Lasting Lenten sacrifice

Mar 18, 2019 by and

What are you giving up for Lent? Like showing up for Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday worship services, Lenten self-sacrifice is one of the few church traditions that still finds some measure of appeal with the...

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A common struggle

Mar 18, 2019 by

Few of us dive eagerly into issues of sexuality and church governance, but the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council knows it is necessary. Any denomination with traditional and progressive wings...

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Gospel of conquest

Mar 4, 2019 by

The gospel of conquest goes by many names: Manifest Destiny. White supremacy. American exceptionalism. Within the past several years, Mennonites have learned to know it as the Doctrine of Discovery. As we have...

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Great Trek’s legacy

Feb 18, 2019 by and

The 39 families who followed Claas Epp into the Central Asian wilderness to avoid military conscription and meet Christ’s return in the late 19th century have received undo derision from descendants of other...

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Removing an obstacle

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Mennonite Brethren are a praying people. Whatever they decide is God’s will for them, you can be sure they prayed a lot about it. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ study conference on...

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Warming relations

Feb 4, 2019 by and

What the world needs now is more Coffee Corners. In a time of so much division and strife, it’s refreshing to see people spot a problem and do something about it. The pop-up Hutchinson, Kan., ministry of...

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Jesus’ little flock

Jan 21, 2019 by and

Megalophobia is the fear of large things. Jesus spoke favorably of small things, and his followers aren’t wrong to adopt their own skepticism of mega­churches. Obsession with church growth (or decline) is a...

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A welcome disruption

Jan 21, 2019 by and

To Americans who’ve grown accustomed to long wars with no end in sight, it came as a shock when President Trump said on Dec. 19 that U.S. forces would leave Syria within 30 days. His advisers seemed as...

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Transformed by angels

Jan 7, 2019 by

Of the many dangers, challenges and reasons not to become a sanctuary congregation, pastors of such churches say in interviews that potential legal ramifications seem to worry them least of all. Yes, there is...

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What readers say

Jan 7, 2019 by

One of our favorite responses to a survey we sent with our annual fundraising  letter in October was, “I want to know what everyone is thinking.” So do we. But you have to tell us. The beginning of a new...

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Mary’s story, our story

Dec 17, 2018 by

While the star of every Christmas pageant is the Christ child, the Best Supporting Actress nod goes to Mary. The baby, whether a doll or an unpredictable infant, is just so hard to see from way in back. But...

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