An open table?

Aug 27, 2018 by

Regarding the meaning of communion (“What’s Our Inclusion Ritual?,” July 30), I understand and appreciate John D. Rempel’s concern for theological “originalism,” but when individuals or groups use...

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Absolute on abortion

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hillary Watson (Column, July 30) challenges Mennonites to ask, “Who are we and who do we want to be in the abortion debate?” Mennonites have defined themselves as people of peace even when the cost is...

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No space for force

Aug 27, 2018 by

The flaming, flying wheel came out of the sky to whisk Ezekiel off on a grand journey. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning. The “rims...

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Bible: Go ahead, mess with perfection

Aug 27, 2018 by

In the beginning the world was a blank canvas. Then God flipped on the studio lights, stepped up to the easel and threw God’s self headlong into creation. For days, even ages, God worked without rest, lost...

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Showalter: New England gospel

Aug 27, 2018 by

Authentic movements to Jesus happen all over the globe. From North America, though, sometimes it seems they’re all “out there” in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Yet the heart of God is for North...

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Now, no exceptions

Aug 27, 2018 by

Pope Francis’ declaration that the Cath­olic Church opposes the death penalty in all cases, without exceptions, marks a historic milestone in the Christian witness for nonviolence. The Cath­olic position...

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A loss for all

Aug 27, 2018 by

A sign of the times, outside Goshen, Ind. The stories in Paul Schrag’s editorial (“Mysterious Initials,” Aug. 13) also represent a loss for progressive Mennonites. The frame of reference for who we are...

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Commission reviewing national service, draft

Aug 27, 2018 by and

For much of 2018, a federal commission has been seeking input from the public on matters relating to national service and U.S. preparedness for a military draft. While few expect a draft to return, Mennonites...

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Miller: You have faith enough to pray

Aug 27, 2018 by

A book called Prayer, by Ole Hallesby — a Norwegian Christian who wrote in the early 1900s — changed my understanding of that basic-to-our-humanity, up-reaching thing we call prayer. I will share in my own...

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Powell: Fighting the ‘bear’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hardly anyone could have imagined the dramatic shift in relationships that has happened in the past year in the United States. Our communities have become edgy, waiting for the next tragedy to happen. The...

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MC USA installs first African-American executive director

Aug 27, 2018 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Mennonite Church USA celebrated the leadership of Glen Guyton, the denomination’s first African-American executive director, at an installation service Aug. 18 at College Mennonite...

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MBs tour Mormon sites, Salt Lake City ministries

Aug 20, 2018 by

SALT LAKE CITY — MB Foundation sponsored a tour of Mormon and Mennonite sites July 26 in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches national convention. The tour provided 88...

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Evangelical Anabaptist group leaders explore affinity

Aug 20, 2018 by and

About 40 leaders representing six evangelical Anabaptist groups gathered Aug. 6-8 for prayer and worship at Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio. The meeting was initiated by John Troyer of Goshen, Ind.,...

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Arizona school to reopen with new name, mission

Aug 20, 2018 by and

Hopi Mission School has a new name and a new mission. The Mennonite Schools Council member in Kykotsmovi, Ariz., is seeking to turn over a new page after former superintendent Thane Epefanio pleaded guilty in...

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Dark side to Amish religious freedom?

Aug 13, 2018 by and

Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wisconsin v. Yoder decision has traditionally been hailed as a religious freedom victory for the Amish, some Amish people want to challenge the 1972 ruling. That’s one thing...

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Bible: With love, our divisions fall away

Aug 13, 2018 by

These texts from Paul provide an excellent coda to our conversations about ethics, justice and the Christian life. Although Romans is rightly considered Paul’s most important theological writing, he most of...

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Book review: ‘Mystics and Misfits’

Aug 13, 2018 by

About eight years ago, Christiana Peterson, her husband and daughter moved from urban Washington, D.C., to an intentional Christian community in rural north-central Illinois. Their motives were many:...

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Don’t silence the hurting

Aug 13, 2018 by

Sexual-abuse survivor and victims’ advocate Trudy Harder Metzger preaches an important word when she says we should not expect survivors simply to forgive and move on after abuse has stopped. Survivors need...

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Mysterious initials

Aug 13, 2018 by

There’s nothing sacred about the word “Mennonite.” Nor is it anything to be ashamed of. Somewhere between those extremes is a venerable religious identity with a rich history, many positive connotations...

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Kennel-Shank: One word: plastics

Aug 13, 2018 by

When the cafe worker offered me plastic cutlery with my to-go salad, I declined, thinking of the bamboo fork, spoon and knife in my backpack. Ditto for the straw with my iced tea; the travel set came with a...

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Paradox explained

Aug 13, 2018 by

The vexing paradox that Wil­bur Entz mentions (Letters & Comments, July 16) of people either being conservative and believing the scriptures are without error, or liberal and rejecting war, may not be...

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Military waste

Aug 13, 2018 by

The United States has wasted $15.5 billion in Afghanistan since 2008, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, which they estimate is probably only a portion of the waste, fraud,...

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Camps offer faith-building respite

Aug 13, 2018 by and

If Mennonite camping were only about camping, Andrew Michaels would pack up and go home. But since it’s about connecting people to Christ, he remains all in. Michaels directs Camp Luz in Orrville, Ohio, one...

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Longhurst: New publishing vision

Aug 13, 2018 by

In 2016, shortly after being elected president of Mennonite World Review Inc., I reached out to Barth Hauge and Tobi Thiessen, board chairs of The Mennonite and Canadian Mennonite. I wanted to see if they were...

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Kriss: The power of a simple greeting

Aug 13, 2018 by

One deep grateful breath, One small step forward Has the power to change everything. — from Through and Beyond by Bonnie Thurston I live in a city of 1.6 million people, in a time of contention, in what...

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