Book review: ‘When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?’

Jun 5, 2017 by

In the next few years, I will celebrate my 50th birthday. My sons will graduate from high school (if we’re lucky!) and we will be empty nesters. My parents will turn 80, an age that strikes me as much older...

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Brethren seek to clarify issues of authority

Jun 5, 2017 by and

Like many denominations, the Church of the Brethren is weighing the degrees of uniformity and diversity it can accommodate. One of the business items to be considered at the annual conference June 28-July 2 in...

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King: Weaving the new

Jun 5, 2017 by

When our commencement speaker falls ill, we two deans at Eastern Mennonite Seminary become co-presenters. I prepare based on what I notice en route to commencement: Prisoners in Israel-Palestine go on hunger...

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No jesting matter

Jun 5, 2017 by

The British philosopher Francis Bacon coined the term “jesting Pilate” to describe the Roman governor’s attitude when he asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Since Pilate didn’t wait for an...

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History: The sun, the moon and truth

Jun 5, 2017 by

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” Attributed to Buddha, this was Zaida Catalan’s retweet on March 3, her last. Catalan, a United Nations expert from Sweden, died with...

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Washington Witness: Social media a tool for justice

Jun 5, 2017 by

Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old African-American boy, was fatally shot April 29 by police in Balch Springs, Texas. Body camera video has been used as evidence to dismiss officer Roy Oliver and charge him with...

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Opinion: Starting at the end

Jun 5, 2017 by

The video begins with a map of Western Europe, a dot hovering over Zurich. The scene shifts as a voice with a Pennsylvania Dutch lilt describes the baptism of Felix Manz in 1521. Woodcut pictures cross the...

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Arms, jobs, madness

Jun 5, 2017 by

Should an American who travels to a Muslim country with the intention of selling them deadly weapons be allowed to return? In Riyadh on May 20, President Trump rewarded his Saudi Arabian hosts with a $110...

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New name? Mennonite World Conference considers its identity

Jun 5, 2017 by

When someone mispronounces or misspells your name, does it seem they aren’t quite addressing you? We choose names carefully, perhaps to honor someone or to express a hoped-for characteristic. Names form part...

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Memory of Kreider

Jun 5, 2017 by

Early in my teaching sabbatical in England in the mid-1980s, I walked with Alan Kreider (“Kreider Lit Anabaptist Fire in U.K.,” May 22) along a shady lane near the London Mennonite Centre. He and Eleanor...

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Separatists sign up

Jun 5, 2017 by

A generation after Old Colony Mennonites in Canada followed the promise of less government interference to Mexico, local pharmacy operator Walter Schmiedehaus detailed colony culture for a 1947 issue of...

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Tanzanian bishops dream big

May 29, 2017 by and

ARUSHA, Tanzania — New bishops have big dreams for the Tanzania Mennonite Church. Among other ambitious goals, the bishops have a strategic plan to share the gospel with a million people by 2034, the...

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Congo Mennonites suffer ‘major wounds’

May 29, 2017 by , and

The Mennonite Church of Congo has sustained “major wounds” to its people and infrastructure, said Adolphe Komuesa Kalunga, the church president. Komuesa was reporting on the annual administrative council...

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Goshen College announces candidate of choice for president

May 24, 2017 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College Presidential Search Committee announced alumna Rebecca Stoltzfus as its candidate of choice to become the college’s 18th president during an all-campus gathering May...

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