Moving forward together

Jun 25, 2019 by

Have you ever made a decision when you were for the idea and the other person was against it? Or, been on a board when a vote went five in favor and four against? It’s not fun to move ahead that way. Which...

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Confession of Faith in a Progressive Mennonite Perspective

Jun 20, 2019 by

Introduction Every age group in the United States is less religiously involved than it was a generation ago. In particular, the number of youth and young adults dropping out of the church has been growing at...

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A very private residence

Jun 18, 2019 by

In 2005, Arlan Kaufman and his wife Linda went on trial in Wichita, Kan., on federal charges that included Medicare fraud and involuntary servitude. A friend of mine attended the trial with the intention of...

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Resurrection . . . of this man?

Jun 14, 2019 by

Some religion(s) focus on telling us what to believe about God — this, that and the other thing. And some religionists struggle with how to reconcile the beliefs of one religion about God with the beliefs of...

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Doing Justice: The power of relationships

Jun 11, 2019 by

When I joined the pastoral team of a Mennonite congregation after seminary, I asked myself: What does it mean to be a pastor of a predominantly white church in America in the 1990s? After pondering this...

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Religious leaders statement on child deaths in detention

Jun 7, 2019 by

Joining an ecumenical and interfaith coalition effort, Mennonite Church USA executive director Glen Guyton recently signed on to the Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention. Convened by...

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The Bible leans more socialist than you think

Jun 5, 2019 by

When it comes to wealth, God clearly favors equality. I find it interesting how much attention the Bible gives to the issue of equity and justice with regard to how wealth is to be distributed. In the first...

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Growing up Brethren in Christ

Jun 3, 2019 by

I was born into a Brethren in Christ family in India. I knew about the Brethren in Christ mostly because of the people and events that happened from time to time. People would visit the work my parents, Bill...

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You’ve got a friend in PA

May 29, 2019 by

A core concept of social psychology is the idea that people negotiate their identities depending on their contexts. While you are always, in some ways, yourself, some parts of your identity are emphasized and...

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Do we still believe in mutual aid?

May 27, 2019 by

Mutual aid has been for Mennonites a pearl of great price. By banding together to help each other, Mennonites succeeded in crossing oceans and mountains to live on the frontier in Christian communities....

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Deciphering an 1873 diary

May 22, 2019 by

“Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.” — Hermann Hesse, German-born poet, novelist, and painter It all started with a...

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Surprise learnings from sharing about our holy books

May 20, 2019 by

As part of an effort among Alberta Mennonites to bridge understanding between Christians and Muslims, Christian-Muslim dialogues have been organized annually since 2013 under the banner “A Common Word...

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What does it mean to be Anabaptist today?

May 17, 2019 by

I am not one of those people who says, “I’m not religious, I just love Jesus” or “I don’t belong to any denomination, I’m just a Christian.” Rather, I have sometimes said, “Those who are sure...

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Reflections from the South Texas Borderland Tour

May 16, 2019 by

Kathy Neufeld Dunn joined others from Western District Conference on a borderlands learning tour May 6-10 sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Central States and supported by the WDC Immigration Task...

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Doing Justice: Loving neighbors, public officials

May 14, 2019 by

Mennonites are good at service. That’s how we love our neighbors. We address direct human need: providing shelter, food, education. Sometimes we ask about policies and institutions that impact the needs of...

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Justice on the journey: migration

May 8, 2019 by

There is a lot of information out there about the varied issues that lead to human mobility. Among them we find climate change that modifies the environment, empires and world powers that produce more wealth...

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Slam-bam cookies

May 6, 2019 by

We left Hillsboro, Kan., more than three decades ago, but we still think of it often. Fondly, I might add. Especially while cooking. When Millie and I moved to Fresno, Calif., in 1982, after working for the...

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The affirmation alternative: A religious case for atheist oaths

May 1, 2019 by

On March 30, Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, spoke at Pepperdine University School of Law’s annual dinner. He reflected broadly on the relationship between faith and judicial...

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Hymnal delights at Glennon Heights

Apr 29, 2019 by

It is not every day that I am able to nerd out with other hymnal enthusiasts, but that’s exactly what happened throughout the March 30 Faith & Life Forum at Glennon Heights Mennonite Church in Lakewood,...

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‘Mennonite’ isn’t the problem

Apr 26, 2019 by

I could not disagree more strongly with Ryan Ahl­grim’s suggestion that the name “Mennonite” be thrown on the trash heap of history (Blog, “It’s time to change the Mennonite name”). I believe the...

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Of creeds and confessions

Apr 24, 2019 by

“Ours is not a creedal church,” I often hear. That is, we don’t officially hold churches and their members to any of the historic statements of faith from the first few centuries of church history, such...

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Zwieback and leprosy

Apr 18, 2019 by

The beat-up diesel pickup truck sputtered as it came over the hill into view. A half dozen men in torn filthy shirts stood in the bed of the truck, passing a bottle around, their fists pumping the air,...

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Dad’s gun

Apr 12, 2019 by

On a recent Tuesday, I stood in a church parking lot as a blacksmith sawed my father’s old rifle into pieces. Those pieces would be placed in a forge, then hammered and twisted into a garden tool. Whatever...

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Midyear retreat and My Lai

Apr 10, 2019 by

I went on a Mennonite Central Committee mid-year retreat March 22-24 to Hoi An, a once-crucial port city in central Vietnam that is now pretty much solely a tourist town. When we first arrived in Vietnam we...

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Peanut butter

Apr 8, 2019 by

About a month ago, I posted a meme on Facebook about peanut butter. Along with the photo, I said this: “The most U.S. American part of me — peanut butter! How many years have I been deprived of peanut...

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