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Immigrants find refuge in Texas congregations

By and on Sep 17, 2018 in Feature, Featured, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Aurora and Alberto Parchmont, church planters in Houston and former undocumented immigrants, help others navigate the complications of efforts to stay in the United States. — Laurie Oswald Robinson for MWR

DALLAS and HOUSTON — When her extended family lost their business in Guatemala because of gang extortion, Bony traveled across Mexico to the Rio Grande River with her 3-year-old daughter, Mily. To evade U.S. border patrols, a smuggler forced Bony — identified here only by her first name to protect her family’s safety — to stand chest-deep in the rushing river. Bony placed Mily on her shoulders and clung to an overhanging branch. After six hours in the cold, muddy water, Bony felt she might lose her grip and be swept away to her...

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Mennonites caught up in massive immigration raid

By and on Sep 17, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 2 comments

Members of Mennonite churches were among more than a hundred workers arrested in August in what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls one of its biggest operations in the last decade. Die Mennonitische Post reported a dozen Mennonites were among about 160 workers arrested Aug. 28 at the Load Trail trailer factory in Sumner, Texas. The Post is a German-language newspaper that covers conservative Mennonite groups in North and South America, predominantly of Germanic background. NBC News reported more than 300 federal agents and other...

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Curiosity about Anabaptists creates teachable moments

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About 260 people from various Anabaptist groups celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Menno-Hof information center with a hymn sing Sept. 9 in Shipshewana, Ind. — Rachel Stella/MWR

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — People who come to northern Indiana with curiosity about the Amish and Mennonites often find their way to an Amish-country attraction that teaches them about Anabaptism. About 260 people from a variety of Anabaptist church groups gathered Sept. 9 at the Farmstead Inn Pavilion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Menno-Hof information center with a hymn sing followed by cake and ice cream. Menno-Hof is a series of walk-through museum exhibits led by a guide explaining the Anabaptist story from its origins in the 1500s...

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Book review: ‘A Midwife in Amish Country’

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"A Midwife in Amish Country"

In her excellent 2013 study of the Amish romance, Thrill of the Chaste, Valerie Weaver-Zercher decisively argues that books about the Amish are predominantly written for an evangelical Christian audience. The Amish romance’s narrative structure, its language patterns and its themes reflect discourse patterns privileged by many evangelicals, Weaver-Zercher explains. And most of the genre’s authors are not Amish, so the books’ portrayal of Amishness is “fictionalized, edited, published, marketed and sold by non-Amish actors.” I thought...

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Bible: The ‘party of one’ problem

By on Sep 17, 2018 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Meghan Good

The first thing “not good” in creation (presumably excepting the snakes) was a human being alone. This should probably not be surprising, from a Christian perspective. After all, humans were made in the image of a God who is triune, always in communion. We are most fully ourselves not by ourselves but in relation to another. Gen. 2:18-24 is often read at weddings, but the story is bigger than about marriage alone. It’s about human nature. God’s first solution to the problem of the “party of one” is to form some animals. But no...

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$1 million award gives pastor clear vision

By and on Sep 10, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Greg Wiens shares the experience of distributing glasses in Myanmar on Jan. 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where Global Vision 2020 won the WeWorks Creator Awards $1 million grand prize. — WeWork YouTube

Greg Wiens was a Mennonite Brethren pastor for 21 years, but since winning a $1 million award he has transitioned into full-time ministry of another kind — restoring clear vision in developing nations by distributing inexpensive eyeglasses. His nine-year ministry as pastor of Waldheim (Sask.) Mennonite Brethren Church ended Aug. 1, with the blessing of the congregation. Wiens read an article in National Geographic in 2009 describing liquid-filled adjustable eyeglasses developed by Oxford University physics professor Joshua Silver and...

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Andres: Our filtered selves

By on Sep 10, 2018 in Andres: In the Open Space, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Carmen Andres

I ran across an article about a disturbing trend in plastic surgery in which people alter their faces to look like filtered selfies taken with apps like Facetune or Snapchat, which modify appearance by blurring imperfections and altering features to increase beauty. In “Snapchat Dysmorphia,” health professionals and researchers express concern at how the line between fantasy and reality is blurring. Many seeking surgery seem to forget “there’s a big difference between making a nose or chin look smaller on camera and moving bone or...

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MCC responds to Rohingya refugee crisis in South Asia

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A camp for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar region, Bangladesh. — World Renew

Nur Jemon remembers that the day she fled her home in the Rakhine district of Myanmar started as it did every other day. The Rohingya Muslim woman was cooking rice when the military stormed her village, killing unsuspecting men, women and children, including Jemon’s niece. She said she was sexually assaulted by armed men and beaten and then fled on foot with her seven children. “Being raped was the most difficult part for me. I had to act like a normal person. I needed to help my children cross the border safely,” Jemon said. They walked...

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Evangelical values?

By on Sep 10, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 7 comments

Words have meaning. Words can change meaning. To give perspective, context is important. The theological identity statement by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer (Aug. 13) shows a breathtaking lack of understanding of the recent context. His full-throated embrace of the evangelical movement should be cautioned. Yes, some of this is the college’s history. And 10 years ago, much of what he says would be fairly true. But in the 2016 U.S. election, 81 percent of evangelicals supported a presidential candidate who has proven to be the most...

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Open even wider

By on Sep 10, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Years ago I understood open communion to mean a congregation welcomed all who claimed Christ as Lord to the communion table. Closed communion meant a participant had to be a member of that denomination or, in some cases, that specific congregation. I assumed baptism was a given in either case. Now I read that open communion refers to baptism, or the lack of it, not that one is welcome regardless of what church one is a member of. How did this redefinition of open communion take place? Alice Ruth Ramseyer Bluffton, Ohio Editor’s reply:...

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