Bethel College community reacts to sexual assault arrest

Nov 18, 2019 by and

The arrest of a North Newton, Kan., man has prompted the Bethel College community to evaluate how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Ted Mueller, 84, was arrested Oct. 31 at his home...

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Scholars take a hard look at the Holocaust

Nov 18, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — About 80 years ago, Jews and Mennonites lived peacefully together in the Ukrainian city of Chortitza. Then the Nazis came, and everything changed. In 1941, before the invasion, Chortitza had...

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Forest church combines worship with great outdoors

Nov 18, 2019 by and

While giving a weather report at the beginning of a worship service is usually cliché, on Oct. 20 in Wilmot, Ont., it would have been redundant. Wilmot Forest Church — a new initiative of Burning Bush...

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Bible: Exiles, aliens and six virtues

Nov 13, 2019 by

Both texts for Nov. 17 and 24 are from letters attributed to the Apostle Peter. Both take the gospel of Jesus from its Jewish origins into different ethnic contexts later in the first century. Both emphasize...

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Book review: Light from Distant Stars

Nov 13, 2019 by

Probably because I teach English at a Christian university, I get wrangled into conversations about what defines Christian literature. Does the content need to be explicitly Christian? Can a work be Christian...

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MB non-participation in consultation regretful

Nov 11, 2019 by

I write on behalf of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, Calif., and with the endorsement of our church council in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service.” First, I...

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MBs have retreated from Anabaptist roots

Nov 11, 2019 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ refusal to act in solidarity with virtually all other Mennonite groups in attempting to influence the National Commission on Military, National and Public...

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Immorality of Trumpism killing our planet

Nov 11, 2019 by

Stoesz bravely points out that “the moral darkness of Trumpism . . . is seasoned with unsavory ingredients of immorality, race-hating, mistreatment of children, greed and lawlessness” and notes the anomaly...

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Trump defends lives of innocent babies

Nov 11, 2019 by

An Oct. 14 MWR editorial states, “Moral clarity . . . would consist of holding President Trump to a high standard of ethics and integrity.” It goes on to characterize the president with “abuse of power,...

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History: Mennonite sisterhood of service

Nov 11, 2019 by

In 1890, American Mennonite women had few opportunities to serve the church in a formal capacity. Pastoral ministry was reserved for men, and Mennonite mission work was still in its infancy. David ­Goerz...

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Former CAM worker sentenced to 9 years

Nov 11, 2019 by

Former Christian Aid Ministries worker Jeriah Mast of Millersburg, Ohio, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Nov. 5 for sexually abusing two boys in Holmes County. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported...

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Room in the middle

Nov 11, 2019 by

The candidate’s photo seemed irrefutable evidence. A neatly trimmed, white beard hugged the jawline, never close to the upper or lower lip. He had to be Mennonite. After running for Congress last year in the...

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Andres: Hijacked by outrage

Nov 11, 2019 by

In a recent NPR story, “How Outrage is Hijacking Our Culture and Minds,” Shankar Vedantam reported on research by New York University psychologist Jay Van Bavel that examines the relationship between...

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EMM’s move to city marks a shift in strategy

Nov 11, 2019 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — In late 2020, Eastern Mennonite Missions plans to open a cross-cultural center in Lancaster City and move its global ministry headquarters there. EMM will sell its properties in Salunga and...

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King: One little letter

Nov 11, 2019 by

When I became a seminary dean in 2010, polls were showing that membership and participation in traditional Christian denominations was falling. As the decade proceeded, the unraveling gathered speed. In an...

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Washington Witness: Gaza family’s dreams

Nov 11, 2019 by

Taha Mqat, his wife and seven children have watched their home be destroyed or damaged by Israeli bombs three times. The family lives in Gaza, a strip of land that is 139 square miles — about the size of...

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Adjusting the dreams

Nov 11, 2019 by

The reunion of Franconia and Eastern District conferences does more than simplify the map of Mennonite Church USA. Healing a 172-year split, it revives a 19th-century vision of unity and shows ­how new...

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Canadian MB members share views on financial report

Nov 6, 2019 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — Individuals associated with the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches expressed their perspectives during and after the Oct. 23 CCMBC annual general meeting in Waterloo about...

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Canadian MB leaders apologize for financial losses

Nov 6, 2019 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — Discussion about ­financial losses dominated the annual general meeting of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches on Oct. 23 at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church. Results...

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Franconia, Eastern District mend a 172-year split

Nov 4, 2019 by and

A history of division became a future of unity when Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conferences held reconciliation votes Nov. 2 during joint assemblies at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church. The vote...

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What’s the answer if a covenant isn’t working?

Nov 4, 2019 by and

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA heard plans for moving forward on addressing the denomination’s membership guidelines Oct. 17-18 at Trinity Mennonite Church. At...

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Why do most Christians reject pacifism?

Oct 30, 2019 by

There are at least two major sets of reasons why most Christians reject pacifism: biblical arguments and general objections. And there are answers to all of them. Biblical arguments Jesus said, “I did not...

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Powell: Poverty, pollution: a toxic mix

Oct 28, 2019 by

Media and public opinion have made us aware of the environmental racism in Flint, Mich. Under the management of the state, the drinking water source was changed to a cheaper supply. More than 100,000...

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Book review: On the Banks of Jacobs Creek

Oct 28, 2019 by

For more than a century, Scottdale was known for the printed word. The southwestern Pennsylvania city was the location of the (Old) Mennonite Church’s Mennonite Publishing House, which produced books,...

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Creation still groans

Oct 28, 2019 by

I’ve heard creation care is a liberal agenda that puts its concerns ahead of national well-being. This got me wondering: Was Paul labeled an eco-freak when he heard creation groaning (Rom. 8:22)? We often...

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