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Arrest made in case of murdered Goshen professor

By on Nov 9, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

James Miller

After seven years, a suspect has been arrested and charged for the 2011 murder of Goshen (Ind.) College biology professor James Miller. Elkhart County prosecutor Vicki Becker announced Oct. 30 that Winston Earl Corbett, 23, of Goshen was arrested Oct. 28. Corbett, who was 16 years old and attending high school at the time Miller was killed, entered a not-guilty plea Nov. 8 in an Elk­hart County Circuit Court initial hearing. The Goshen News reported he is charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. In 2011, the Goshen...

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Churches discuss response to lethal threats

By and on Nov 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 2 comments

Newton Police Department officers Luke Winslow, left, and Morgan Hinz lead an active-shooter response training for representatives of local Mennonite churches Oct. 27 at First Mennonite Church. — Tim Huber/MWR

NEWTON, Kan. — As Mennonites gathered in a church basement Oct. 27 to discuss how they might respond to a shooter in their church, cell phones buzzed with news of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The deadliest hate crime against Jews in U.S. history, which claimed 11 lives, seemed to back up warnings that an armed person could target anyone’s congregation. About 40 people representing five Mennonite congregations in Newton and North Newton gathered at First Mennonite Church to take part in an active-shooter response training and...

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When will we listen?

By on Nov 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

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 importance of bringing female voices into our discussions and preaching. And, if it looks like that is about to happen, then I wonder how long it will take to bring LGBTQ voices into our discussions and preaching. Keep doing what you are doing in this editorial. Jim Compton-Schmidt Reedley,...

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A house in the city

By on Nov 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 1 comment

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 residents who lived there with the understanding that we would need to leave after Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions was able to sell the house, since they no longer needed it for Voluntary Service workers. While there, I helped to start gatherings for scattered Mennonite young adults like myself who lived in the city for study or...

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Colleges not Christian enough

By on Nov 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 3 comments

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 on U.S. and international seminaries, parachurch institutions and peace and justice work. Mennonite undergraduate education has changed (I am most familiar with Goshen and Eastern Mennonite University). Bible and peace major enrollment has collapsed. Far fewer alumni do Mennonite Voluntary Service or go to Mennonite seminaries. One...

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Independent seminary launches Anabaptist program

By and on Nov 5, 2018 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Greg Boyd

An independent seminary in the Chicago area is launching an Anabaptist Studies Program featuring a pastor and author recently terminated as visiting lecturer from the Mennonite Breth­ren Fresno (Calif.) Pacific Biblical Seminary. Northern Seminary in Lisle, Ill., announced in October its new Anabaptist Studies Program will launch in June. Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., will serve as an adjunct professor in the program, which will offer certificate and degree options on “a neo-Anabaptist orientation to...

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Much to gain if periodicals merge

By and on Nov 5, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 1 comment

The future of Mennonite journalism is the talk of the church. The proposed merger of Mennonite World Review Inc. and The Mennonite Inc. has got people thinking about what might be gained or lost in a merger and what a Mennonite news media organization should look like in the 21st century. At MWR we’ve received hundreds of responses to a survey we sent with our annual fund­raising letter a month ago. Mennonite Church USA, too, is collecting input, sending an email survey in October for MC USA constituents to complete. Responding to MWR’s...

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Unconventional thinking for youth

By and on Nov 5, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

National youth conventions are the canary in several Anabaptist coalmines. Declining participation requires new approaches to our relationship with the leaders of tomorrow’s churches. Faced with steadily diminishing attendance at conventions held in urban settings over the last decade, the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is going back to its roots by returning its every-four-year YouthCon national convention to the model used through 2003. Attendance dropped from more than 1,420 in 2003 in Estes Park, Colo., to only 815 youth...

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At Doxology, praise God and pour the coffee

By and on Nov 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 1 comment

LifeBridge Community Church hopes to open its coffeehouse, Doxology, to the public sometime in the next year. Some elements, like the booths, were made from wood reclaimed from church renovations. — Joseph Weaver

Not for the first time, Life­Bridge Community Church saw a need in Dover, Ohio, and did something about it. What used to be the Mennonite congregation’s foyer is now a coffeehouse, which will open to the public at some point in the next year. Pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman said the project came about in response to continuing awareness that the town of about 12,000 had only one kind of option for people who wanted to be out and about in the evening. “When my wife and I moved to the Dover community 11 years ago to found the church, we noticed...

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Help goes full circle in Florida after Hurricane Michael

By on Nov 2, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Dwight Cloud, who has served as a volunteer twice for Mennonite Disaster Service, is now on the receiving end after Hurricane Michael hit Marianna, Fla. — Mennonite Disaster Service

MARIANNA, Fla. — Dwight Cloud was still, little by little, clearing debris from his yard, more than two weeks after Hurricane Michael struck his town of Marianna on Oct. 10. Though his 100-year-old house somehow weathered the storm, he lost many large trees, some precariously perched, making it unsafe for him and his wife to continue with their cleanup. The hurricane was one of the strongest to strike the contiguous U.S. in decades. Most of the damage is wind-related, with significant tree damage. Many trunks at least a foot in diameter are...

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