Amish have complicated relationship with nature, climate change

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Drive through the farmlands of Lancaster County, Pa., or Holmes County, Ohio, avoiding the frequent horse-drawn buggies, and you may get the impression that the Amish practice a wholesome, back-to-nature...

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MCC helps refugees access clean water in Chad

Mar 16, 2020 by and

With a series of quick, practiced strokes, Aïchatou Hamidou clears the area around a newly built latrine with a long broom made from dry grass. After the trash and waste are swept into a tidy pile and safely...

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Falling brick shows decline of Scottdale landmark, former publishing house

Mar 16, 2020 by

SCOTTDALE, Pa. — No one was injured when a portion of the brick facade fell from the former Mennonite Publishing House building Feb. 19. Several hundred bricks rained down on Walnut Street from the former...

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Coronavirus prompts organizations to make changes

Mar 11, 2020 by and

Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite World Conference is canceling an international gathering in British Columbia. Mennonite Disaster Service is closing all projects....

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Bible: The trumpet call to holiness

Mar 9, 2020 by

We were driving through the night in a pickup truck somewhere in the deserts of northwest Mexico. After an evening church gathering, I and several other hermanos were headed home, bumping along in the back as...

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Kingsinger: What I’ve learned about marriage (in 3 months)

Mar 9, 2020 by

Maybe it’s laughable for someone who’s been married three months to try to say anything at all about it yet. All the same, I know a whole lot more about marriage now than I did 91 days ago. Here are a few...

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Guidelines’ future

Mar 9, 2020 by

The Membership Guidelines Advisory Group says: “While we recognize that MC USA does not have the authority to require conferences and congregations to adopt this policy, we invite them to join in this...

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Deportation withdrawn for woman in sanctuary

Mar 9, 2020 by and

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Rosa del Carmen Ortez-Cruz admits there were days she wanted to stay in bed and hide under the covers. For nearly two years the Honduran native took sanctuary from deportation at Church...

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Fog of marriage understandings

Mar 9, 2020 by

To the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council: Around your table, discussion will soon take place concerning the work of the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group. Concerning marriage, some...

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Powell: The other ‘F word’

Mar 9, 2020 by

Several words are known by their first letter. Most stand for a racially offensive term or an obscenity. The letter “F” is one of them. When you hear someone refer to the “F word,” I suggest...

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Merger to create ‘Anabaptist World’

Mar 9, 2020 by and

The Mennonite and Mennonite World Review are announcing the name of the independent, multiplatform journalistic ministry they are creating: Anabaptist World. The new ministry’s platforms will include a new...

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True evangelicalism?

Mar 9, 2020 by

I question some of the assertions Stephen Kriss seems to make in “Claiming a Truer Evangelical Faith” (Feb. 24). I disavow the segment of right-wing evangelicalism that has distorted or abandoned some of...

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Kehrberg: Let the children come

Mar 9, 2020 by

I come from a line of children without end. — J.M. Coetzee My 16-year-old daughter is getting confirmed into the Episcopal church this spring. This would be fairly unremarkable save for the fact that she was...

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Quiet the soul

Mar 9, 2020 by

On the surface, it seems ironic to suggest to “the quiet in the land” that there is room for improvement in quieting the soul. But Lent is the perfect opportunity to get more intentional about slowing down...

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Nigerian Brethren mother church burned in attack by Boko Haram

Mar 9, 2020 by

Boko Haram insurgents attacked the town of Garkida, the birthplace of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, on Feb. 21. The militants burned a number of buildings, including the mother church of the...

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Inexplicable terrorism, unshakable faith

Mar 9, 2020 by and

Here in Burkina Faso, we have been confronted with terrorist attacks for more than four years. It is an inexplicable situation, because no one has claimed responsibility. The government has turned to all parts...

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Remember you will die

Mar 9, 2020 by and

In a collection of memoirs by Brethren and Mennonite writers, Making a Difference in the Journey (Cascadia, 2015), Shirley Hershey Showalter, a former president of Goshen College, quotes a personal mission...

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More precious than gold

Mar 9, 2020 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — At the first North American event celebrating the centennial of Mennonite Central Committee, Tabor College unveiled a treasure from MCC’s history. A wooden case on the stage of the Shari...

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Book review: All That Belongs

Mar 9, 2020 by

Catherine has spent her professional lifetime preserving the histories of others. As an archivist, she gathers the ephemera of people’s lives, bringing order to the sometimes mysterious, sometimes disordered...

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Yoder-Short: Wolves in disguise

Mar 9, 2020 by

As a child, one of the first big words I learned was prevaricator. My mom used it in reference to a person she felt couldn’t be trusted. Knowing the word prevaricator was a real plus for a...

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Illinois pastors allowed to officiate same-sex marriages

Mar 2, 2020 by and

After a same-sex wedding tested the limits of ambiguity in Illinois Mennonite Conference policies, delegates voted to allow pastors to officiate such weddings at the conference’s annual business meeting Feb....

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Indigenous believers in Ecuador seek Anabaptist identity

Mar 2, 2020 by and

Clever Mashiant and Sofia Gualinga, Shuar indigenous leaders in Ecuador’s Amazon region, asked mission workers Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer, “How can we become Mennonites?” The question arose after they...

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Visitors see how Cuban house churches thrive

Mar 2, 2020 by and

EL CAFETAL, Cuba — They have swept the dirt outside the house in anticipation of our visit to this impoverished village. Sixteen Anabaptist Christians from the United States and Canada have come to Cuba to...

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Acquainted with grief, woman helps the displaced

Mar 2, 2020 by and

In 2016 and 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region was devastated by an armed conflict. Rebel militias gathered around a traditional chief, Kamuina Nsapu, to fight against the central...

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Longhurst: More than numbers

Feb 24, 2020 by

By 2040, there may be no Anglican Church members left in Canada. That’s the finding of a new report commissioned by the Anglican Church of Canada. The report shows the church running out of members in 20...

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