Opinion: Late for the 500th birthday party

Sep 24, 2018 by

A new direction and a different interpretation are mother’s milk to the historian. At times this is helpful. At other times, not so much. Anabaptism, defined from its inception by its enemies, more recently...

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Opinion: Lives of Jesus, Muhammad teach care for those on the margins

Sep 10, 2018 by and

For several years, Kenya has been a flashpoint of Christian-Muslim conflict. With each incident of terror, the tension increases. Kenyan Mennonites are finding hope in small incidents of transformation. Kenya...

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Opinion: What’s our inclusion ritual?

Jul 30, 2018 by and

In “From Belief to Belonging: Open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada congregations”, Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe describes how open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada...

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Opinion: Eyes, ears — and a voice — in Washington

Jun 26, 2018 by and

WASHINGTON — In the Feb. 27, 1968, Gospel Herald, Mennonite leader Guy F. Hershberger reflected on why there should be a “Mennonite office” in Washington. He noted the “emergency” in May 1967, when...

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Opinion: SEMILLA solidarity

Jun 18, 2018 by and

As we traveled dusty roads together, Luis Flores and I had much time to talk about current events, program planning and the challenges that we faced in our work together. Flores had left his secure position as...

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Opinion: A prayer for Syria — freedom from fear

Jun 4, 2018 by and

“Fill me with your love, O Lord,” I say to myself as I breathe in. “And free me from fear,” I think on the exhale. I’m sitting in a black van, parked on the side of the highway in Syria. As I look...

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Opinion: What I learned from a founder of black theology

May 21, 2018 by

When James H. Cone, a leading founder of the black theology movement, died last month, I felt the loss personally. Cone’s book God of the Oppressed changed my theological career. Early on, I knew Mennonites...

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Opinion: Mennonite Church USA’s biblical evangelism

Apr 4, 2018 by

As a member of a Mennonite Church USA congregation, I would like to respond to E. Daniel Martin’s characterizations of us (“Why Lancaster Conference Got an Annulment,” Letters & Comments, March...

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Opinion: Why Lancaster Conference left

Mar 26, 2018 by

Since leaders and writers from outside Lancaster Mennonite Conference have offered their perspectives on why LMC withdrew from Mennonite Church USA, I will add my voice. I was part of LMC when we decided to...

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Opinion: I almost got shot

Mar 12, 2018 by

He pointed his right hand with a pistol at me as I rounded the hallway corner into the den. Shocked, I stopped and stood frozen. His newspaper fell off his lap, and he sat upright. “You scared me half to...

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Opinion: A time of reckoning for men and masculinity

Feb 26, 2018 by , and

In recent months there has been unprecedented exposure of sexually predatorial men in high places, as well as unprecedented violence perpetrated by solitary men with little or no regard for human life. Whether...

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Opinion: A call for dignity and civility

Jan 29, 2018 by and

We were reminded this past week about how labels and degrading words can and do bring intense pain to people. Our president made some very egregious and degrading comments about particular countries. People...

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Opinion: Bridging the differences

Nov 6, 2017 by and

For the broader Mennonite community, the work of Mennonite Central Committee often looks like relief sale auctions, Ten Thousand Villages stores and quilt blitzes. And all carry out the mission of MCC: a...

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Opinion: Shifting alliances in Ukraine

Sep 25, 2017 by , and

ODESSA, Ukraine — Many people ask me how things are in Ukraine. When I think of the complex history of the country, I sometimes wonder how to respond. One evening in May, friends took me to visit a bright...

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Opinion: Talking ‘kimchi’ with North Koreans

Jun 19, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — I was grateful for the opportunity in early May to sit around the dinner table on a Manitoba farm and share a Mennonite feast with local friends, some Mennonite Central Committee colleagues...

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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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Opinion: Exorcising the ghosts of fundamentalism

May 22, 2017 by

I often encounter Christians who once were fundamentalists but now distance themselves from that kind of faith, which they found to be spiritually oppressive. Often, this distancing has to do with the...

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Opinion: Scripture, opinion, experience

Apr 24, 2017 by

I read with interest Harold N. Miller’s thoughtful opinion piece, “Scripture Overrules Experience” (March 27). I support his statement that an argument from experience alone on the LGBT issue “is not...

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Opinion: You can prevent abuse

Apr 10, 2017 by and

For many of us, church feels good and safe. We were loved there as children and respected there as adults. In fact, we often describe our churches as “families” or caring communities where all are...

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Opinion: Scripture overrules experience

Mar 27, 2017 by

Many in our church are sure we should fully include those in same-sex marriages, blessing their covenants and credentialing their pastoral gifts. I would like to join them. Life is simpler when we move with...

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Opinion: Canadian Mennonite Brethren crisis

Feb 27, 2017 by

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches faces many challenges: financial, organizational, ecclesiological, sociological, operational and theological. This article focuses mainly on...

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Opinion: Evangelism — faithful or offensive?

Feb 13, 2017 by

When Anne and Daniel Garber Kompaoré talk of their work in North America, they are often met with questions. Anne works as a Bible translation consultant with Mennonite Mission Network and has lived in...

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Opinion: Beyond climate argument

Jan 16, 2017 by

It is time for all neighbor-loving Christians to get on board with the movement to transition away from fossil fuels. To learn some reasons why, consider the words of Arnold Schwarz­enegger, a Catholic...

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Opinion: Cruel checkpoints in Palestine

Jan 2, 2017 by

I joined Christian Peacemaker Teams-Palestine in 2002, where I wrote countless reports, met with State Department officials five times and visited 51 congressional offices — all resulting in little change to...

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Opinion: At Standing Rock, God heard our cries for justice

Dec 19, 2016 by and

On the second Sunday of Advent, I was part of a historic celebration of the power of nonviolent resistance. At Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, thousands of voices cried out in America’s wilderness. Sunday,...

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