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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The cross or the flag?

Dec 3, 2018 by

Do evangelical Christians want to move the needle of government to the point where the cross and the flag are synonymous? The U.S. Constitution promises justice and democracy for all, which on paper looks like...

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Options for youth

Dec 3, 2018 by

Thank you, Tim Huber, for giving the youth of Mennonite Church USA and Canada some good options for youth conventions in the future (“Unconventional Thinking for Youth,” Editorial, Nov. 5). A highlight of...

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Commendation, and warning of compromise

Dec 3, 2018 by

Listening to a sermon on the letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor in the Book of Revelation, I thought: “What would a letter say if it were written to the Mennonite church today?” I believe...

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Positive movement

Nov 19, 2018 by

In “Evangelical Evolution” (North of the 49th, Nov. 5), John Longhurst points out that evangelicals have not always opposed abortion. Their evolution on this issue is a positive thing. Martin Luther and...

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Wartime witness

Nov 19, 2018 by

I was interested in the Oct. 22 History column by Rich Preheim, with a picture of Mennonite conscientious objectors in World War I. My father was not in the picture, but he was at Fort Riley, Kan., at that...

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Mennonite higher education keeps the faith

Nov 19, 2018 by

While I understand many of David Lapp Jost’s observations (“Colleges Not Christian Enough,” Letters & Comments, Nov. 5), I respectfully disagree with many of his conclusions. We in Mennonite higher...

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When will we listen?

Nov 5, 2018 by

I read with great pride (oops, maybe I am about to fall) your editorial, “No Fear of Feminism” (Oct. 8). I wonder how long it will take for Mennonites/Anabaptists of all stripes to understand the...

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A house in the city

Nov 5, 2018 by

I read with interest “Menno House Extends Peace Through Hospitality” (Oct. 8). I moved into what is now Menno House in 1975 after completing graduate studies at New York University. I was one of only a few...

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Colleges not Christian enough

Nov 5, 2018 by

At the time I graduated from Goshen College in 2011, I would have unequivocally urged support for Mennonite colleges, as MWR’s Oct. 22 editorial does. But no longer. We would do better refocusing resources...

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Rights before birth

Oct 22, 2018 by

In “Pro-Birth or Pro-Life?”, the definition of “pro-life” as given by the writer — that it “ap­plies to the rights and respect everyone should be entitled to after birth” — is false. A human...

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What men can do

Oct 22, 2018 by

Men care about the statistic that 1 in 6 women will experience sexual assault. Men know it may be their mothers, wives, daughters, sisters or nieces who have been or will be attacked. What are men to do? Keep...

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Hurtful discussion

Oct 22, 2018 by

It’s upsetting to read that in 2018 the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is still discussing whether women can serve as lead pastors (“MBs to Gather for Study on Women in Ministry,” Sept....

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