Abortion alarms

Apr 15, 2019 by

Recent developments regarding abortion in the United States should cause great alarm, including the pro-abortion Reproductive Health Act signed by the governor of New York and the new pro-abortion U.S. House...

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Conduct unbecoming

Apr 15, 2019 by

An open memo to the Mennonite Church USA Constit­u­ency Leaders Council regarding its review of the Membership Guidelines: Please, bring before the delegate assembly of the 2019 convention a resolution to...

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What’s infallible?

Apr 1, 2019 by

Several letters in the March 18 issue lament Mennonite Church USA’s loss of a “biblical gospel.” Two writers left the church because the 1995 Confession of Faith doesn’t call the Bible...

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Room for difference

Apr 1, 2019 by

I appreciate Paul Schrag’s editorial (“A Common Struggle,” March 12), which says, “Let each [Mennonite Church USA] conference choose whether to allow same-sex marriages and LGBTQ pastors. This is...

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A real doctrine?

Apr 1, 2019 by

I have not witnessed a 500- year history of the church dehumanizing indigenous people or attempting to justify genocide. Nor have the people in my fellowship claimed a right to seize the property of others. I...

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Out of the closet

Mar 18, 2019 by

Thank you for “Pink Menno Grandmother’s Activism Came Naturally.” It’s time for us Pink Grannies to come out of the closet, and this article gives us a starting point. Alta Mellinger Goshen,...

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We’re losing our good name

Mar 18, 2019 by

Our church’s name, “Mennonite,” is being misdirected into oblivion. Some conferences have replaced it with something they feel will disassociate them from existing practices. “Mennonite” has served...

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Must we pay the price of blood?

Mar 18, 2019 by

Life is full of choices. One of ours is to resist war taxes. In our first year of marriage we protested militarism by writing to members of Congress but still making federal tax payments. In the 1960s, while...

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A better way to vote

Mar 4, 2019 by

Tired of voting for the lesser of two evils? Is an election where most people’s preferred candidate loses a good thing? The number of candidates vying for the U.S. presidency means most voters will likely...

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Conservative counter

Mar 4, 2019 by

An editorial appealed for great­er participation in discussions engendered by writings in MWR (“What Readers Say,” Jan. 7). You may have a point about the predominance of conservative males, but I see...

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Made in God’s image?

Feb 18, 2019 by

I was happy to see that MWR picked up Micah Brickner’s article from Eastern Mennonite Missions about my involvement at Tyndale Seminary. The article gets the story right, but I feel that the headline, “Two...

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Idol of patriotism

Feb 18, 2019 by

Has patriotism become an idol in our churches? Test the spirits and see. If America is a nation “under God,” then put a Christian flag above America’s on the pole and watch what happens. Try removing the...

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A model of love

Feb 18, 2019 by

How fortunate Doug Lehman is to have a mother who models the love of his heavenly parent (“Pink Menno Grandmother’s Activism Came Naturally”). How fortunate the LGBTQ community is to have a person like...

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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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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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Sin of patriarchy

Jan 7, 2019 by

I read with sadness “Every Child of God” (World & Faith, Dec. 3) about the pressure on Kenyan women to have sons. They are considered “barren and cursed” if they bear only daughters. Some church...

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War-refusal heritage

Jan 7, 2019 by

This is an idea for a Christian education effort to remind us what kind of denomination we are: Name Sept. 14 as the day U.S. peace churches succeeded in requesting a legal alternative to participation in war....

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Sensational coverage

Jan 7, 2019 by

I was disappointed with Tim Huber’s article on LMC and Nelson Okanya (“EMM Leader’s Termination Leaves Unanswered Questions,” Dec. 27) because of its sensational nature. Most people understand that...

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Ironic outcome

Dec 17, 2018 by

I find it ironic that Mennonites have the answer to bring peace to the Middle East and to overcome racism and poverty in the United States but cannot find agreement on a unified Mennonite publication...

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Divine revelation

Dec 17, 2018 by

People say I am an old man — and, in fact, I am 92. One evening in 2016, the year my wife, Martha, died, I was sitting in the living room and prayed to God: It is lonesome down here. Are you really...

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Not a compromise

Dec 17, 2018 by

“Statement Calls for Wider Welcome While Affirming Traditional Teaching on Sexuality” describes the “We Will Live in Grace and Truth” statement as “meant to bridge the gap between traditional and...

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