Fresh ideas

Feb 4, 2019 by

Regarding Paul Schrag’s request for greater diversity from folks who write letters to MWR, I have enjoyed reading the Letters & Comments ever since a cousin bought me a subscription years back. It was a...

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Dovish Trump

Feb 4, 2019 by

Many thanks to Paul Schrag and Mennonite Central Committee for welcoming President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from Syria. Trump backed away from the decision, but it was telling. Compared to our...

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Roles of women

Feb 4, 2019 by

“U.S. MBs Discuss Women in Pastoral Ministry” is a good recap of the study conference. My two cents: Since the last study conference our denomination [the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]...

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Kansas ministry offers warmth to homeless community

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Yes, there’s a homeless shelter in Hutchinson, Kan., but no, it’s only open at night. That bothered Lois Mast and her daughter Heidi Mast, who recognized the cold can be just as bitter when people are...

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Pennsylvania shootings take lives of Ohio father, son

Jan 30, 2019 by

A series of shootings that killed four people and critically wounded another Jan. 24 in State College, Pa., took the lives of a father and son who were members of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek,...

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The wisdom from above is peaceable

Jan 28, 2019 by

Sometimes my head hurts with the clamor of the world around me. Social media is full of arguing — people are angry and opinionated and sure that everyone else is wrong. Families divide over differences,...

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Evana’s new leader looks for growth, collaboration

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Evana Network’s next executive director foresees the group broadening its tent and continuing a conversation among Mennonites and like-minded Anabap­tists about how to collaborate. The evangelical...

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Pink Menno Grandmother’s activism came naturally

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Ruby Lehman of Harrisonburg, Va., is an 87-year-old retired schoolteacher, member of Park View Mennonite Church, world traveler, mother of four, white-haired extrovert with an easy smile and gay-rights...

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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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Book review: ‘From James Joyce to Organic Farming’

Jan 21, 2019 by

Maynard Kaufman is a South Dakota farm boy, a Joycian scholar and post-Christian theologian, a multidisciplinary professor in religious and environmental studies, an organic farmer, a communitarian and...

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Bible: God in the fortress — or the slum

Jan 21, 2019 by

A famous impressionist artist once said, “I know what I’m looking at, but what am I seeing?” This inviting question leads to the heart of Psalm 48. At first glance, an ancient traveler approaching the...

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Marketing isolation

Jan 21, 2019 by

The Dec. 17 editorial, “Two Trends to Watch,” highlighted the was “loss of trust in institutions.” This should be understood as a deeper loss of connection to institutions. There is an epidemic of...

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Give thanks for peace

Jan 21, 2019 by

I am so thankful for the Jan. 7 column by Richard Showalter  (“Ethiopia’s Astounding Lead­er”) describing the peaceful path practiced by the newly elected “Jesus-centered” prime minister of...

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Bridging is precarious

Jan 21, 2019 by

Regarding Rich Preheim’s review of Merle Good’s Surviving Failure: Good, as I have known him, has always tried to bridge cultural changes and interpret cultures to each other. He has attempted to open...

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Washington Witness: Early warning of empty tables

Jan 21, 2019 by

At Christmas, we celebrated love and shared the joy of God’s gift of himself as a light to all people. Christmas is a season of grace that sparks unconditional generosity to others. What about the rest of...

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King: A broken heart?

Jan 21, 2019 by

Decades ago, discovery of a murmur alerted me that my heart will always require monitoring and more of it, plus potentially treatment, as I age. Recently while grandchildren raced hither and yon, seemingly...

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The first non-Western Mennonites

Jan 21, 2019 by

Mennonites today are found on every continent of the world (save for Antarctica, of course). But in the mid-19th century, the original Anabaptists’ spiritual descendants lived only in North America and...

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Andres: Windows to truth

Jan 21, 2019 by

Someone asked me what books have shaped my thinking or best represent the way I see reality. This got me thinking about how these books are like glimpses through windows that help me see the way the world...

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Two faiths’ followers reflect God’s image

Jan 21, 2019 by and

It seemed unlikely that a topic with apparently little common ground — the relationship between humanity and divinity —could serve as a starting point for Christian-Muslim dialogue. Yet it did, with help...

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Church growth stretches Ethiopian resources

Jan 21, 2019 by and

Challenges accompany the joys of growth as tens of thousands of people new to Ethi­o­pia’s Mese­rete Kristos Church swell the denomination. Now with more than 600,000 participants, the world’s largest...

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U.S. MBs discuss women in pastoral ministry

Jan 18, 2019 by and

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enough U.S. Mennonite Brethren want to allow women as lead pastors that they’ve opened an official discussion about it. Recognizing diversity of belief, they want to build unity and...

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From a focus on anger to a focus on love

Jan 16, 2019 by

Anyone who knows me or sees me, knows me as that activist human who is very political. In the fall I finished an internship at the Indiana Democratic Party that I had since the beginning of June. I have loved...

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Research digs into Ukrainian Mennonites missing and murdered during Soviet era

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Among the lists of those disappeared during the dark times of the 1930s and ’40s in what is now Ukraine, research­ers have found roughly 400 pages of Mennonite names, with five or six names per page. That...

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