MVS marks 75 years of formation for young adults

May 20, 2019 by and

When Gilberto Perez was 12, he hung out with the older guys who came from the Browns­ville, Texas, Mennonite Voluntary Service unit to help his parents build a Hispanic Mennonite church in Robstown. At 19,...

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Kodachrome memories

May 20, 2019 by and

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa. — America’s love affair with 35mm slides ran from the late 1940s to the 1970s. Fortunate indeed are those stuck to Kodachrome, its colors not diminished by half a century of casual...

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Reflections from the South Texas Borderland Tour

May 16, 2019 by

Kathy Neufeld Dunn joined others from Western District Conference on a borderlands learning tour May 6-10 sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Central States and supported by the WDC Immigration Task...

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Doing Justice: Loving neighbors, public officials

May 14, 2019 by

Mennonites are good at service. That’s how we love our neighbors. We address direct human need: providing shelter, food, education. Sometimes we ask about policies and institutions that impact the needs of...

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Visionary proposal

May 13, 2019 by

As a war-tax resister for a half century, I welcome John Stoner and Harold A. Penner’s visionary Church Peace Tax Fund proposal (“We’ll Pay for Peace,” print edition, April 15). Paying for weapons...

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Muddled memories

May 13, 2019 by

“Novelist Critiques ‘Culture of Control’ ” (Mosaic, print edition, April 15, which cited an article by Alexandra Schwartz in The New Yorker on novelist Miriam Toews and her new book, Women Talking)...

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We lose, we leave

May 13, 2019 by

Your March 18 editorial, “A Common Struggle,” says Mennonites and United Meth­odists are alike in that, when decisions go against them, theological conservatives tend to leave while liberals tend to stay...

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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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Yoder-Short: I follow Apollos!

May 13, 2019 by

I confess, at times I judge people by their hats. We don’t need hats to tell us our society and our churches are plagued with divisions. Divisions are nothing new. They are as old as tribes, as old as us and...

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Book review: Fire by Night

May 13, 2019 by

When I started reading Fire by Night, I expected the usual Old Testament topics: gore, war and law, with the author’s new insights. Or, might it be a book-by-book review from an Anabaptist perspective....

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Powell: More than caretakers

May 13, 2019 by

Some people think global warming is a hoax. Scientific evidence shows it is real. A November report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concluded we are headed toward disastrous climate change that we may...

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Kriss: Peace in the midst of turbulence

May 13, 2019 by

Recently I was in Sarasota, Fla., due to the forces of what church historian Phyllis Tickle describes as the church’s every-500-year rummage sale. Tickle’s words in her book The Great Emergence have...

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Amish pose challenges for providers of health care

May 13, 2019 by and

Amish and conservative Mennonite communities might get identified as “Plain,” but health-care providers have found offering services to them can be anything but simple. A patient might pay with cash rather...

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Don’t just assume

May 13, 2019 by and

Two cow carcasses lie piled onto each other, just off the parking lot. The Shipshewana (Ind.) Auction Barn has some actual barns attached to it, and two of its residents must have died recently. A few hours...

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Miller: God, the mother who loves us best

May 8, 2019 by

In a bare, block-walled room I see them: young mothers. Their faces hang in that state of half-life between breath and desire, hungry. “Do you have any children?” I ask them. “How many?” “How old are...

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Swiss forgive, don’t forget

May 6, 2019 by and

It took about 490 years for government officials in Bern, Switzerland, to ask forgiveness for persecution of Anabaptists. It took less than two to get a response from Swiss Mennonites. Delegates from every...

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Pa. cell-church planters reap rewards from risk

May 6, 2019 by and

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — After a monthlong series of prayers while walking around the city of Nanticoke a year ago, Michael and Lori Deckman learned that no matter how many miles they logged on one path, God often...

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