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Mennonite World Conference completes dialogue with Catholics, Lutherans

By on Mar 21, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

AUGSBURG, Germany — A five-year discussion of baptism among Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans has yielded new insights. Representatives of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation and Mennonite World Conference gathered Feb. 9-14 in Augsburg for the fifth and final meeting of the Trilateral Dialogue Commission on Baptism. John Rempel of Canada said reflecting on each group’s practice of baptism helped participants learn to respect, trust and challenge each other. “From the...

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Coming to terms with Nazi collaboration

By and on Mar 21, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 3 comments

Heinrich Himmler, third from right, head of the SS, at a flag-raising ceremony in the Molotschna Mennonite colony in Nazi-occupied Ukraine, 1942. Himmler and other National Socialists praised Mennonites’ allegedly Aryan blood. — Mennonite Library and Archives, North Newton, Kan.

FILADELFIA, Paraguay — Violence tore through this traditionally pacifist community on the night of March 11, 1944. All the more remarkable, its perpetrators and victims were all Mennonites. And they all belonged to rival Nazi factions. Since the end of the Second World War, Mennonite-Nazi collaboration has largely been ignored, forgotten or repressed. In Paraguay, members of Mennonite congregations were forbidden from discussing the matter. In Paraguay and beyond, the Nazi episode has been taboo for Mennonites. Not until the 1980s, when an...

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Mennonite U.N. worker abducted in Congo

By and on Mar 14, 2017 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 1 comment

Michael J. Sharp visits with Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, one of the camps for displaced people in eastern Congo, in 2013. — Jana Asenbrennerova/MCC

Prayers for Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, continued into a second week with a March 23 vigil in his parents’ community of Hesston, Kan. Sharp, 34, was one of six people abducted by an unidentified militia group while traveling by motorcycle near the village of Ngombe in Kasai Central prov­ince, the Congolese government said March 13. “We continue to pray and wait, moved and heartened by the words and prayers of thousands around the world,” said John E....

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Political physicians

By on Mar 13, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

It puzzles me that medical doctors in Congress oppose the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The ACA finally met the longtime desire to cover people with pre-existing conditions. Young adults can stay on a parent’s health-care plan until age 26, and a patient cannot be dropped due to the high cost of treating illnesses such as cancer. Are these doctors interested in treating patients or in making money for larger mansions? What about dedication to their profession and service to the people? Service is more important than wealth....

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‘Carry my bones’

By on Mar 13, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. have surged in the form of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries. Threatening phone calls to Jewish organizations and schools in more than a dozen states on Feb. 27 marked the fifth wave of such incidents in two months. The latest round of threats, raising the total to 90, occurred after hundreds of headstones were vandalized at two Jewish cemeteries in one week. More than 170 gravestones were toppled at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis, and 100 more were...

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Avoiding radical views

By on Mar 13, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 3 comments

MWR indeed presents a wide variety of opinion, but we will not renew our subscription. We are choosing not to waste time reading so many radical views. To have the name “Mennonite” given such prominence in the women’s march in Washington (Jan. 30) is a disgrace to the God who ordained marriage and life, as well as to the ancestors who went before us. It does not reflect the tenets of those who have led the fight for the sacred life of both the born and the unborn. We choose not to read of those who demean our president instead of praying...

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U.N. Witness: Half an apology

By on Mar 13, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Various authors: U.N. Witness | 1 comment

Kati Garrison

On Dec. 1, the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office awaited the commencement of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the people of Haiti. After more than six years of advocacy efforts, we eagerly anticipated an apology for bringing cholera to the region. In October 2010, only nine months after an earthquake devastated the capitol area of Haiti, a cholera outbreak hit the country. Since then, this disease, which formerly had no record in Haiti, has killed more than 9,300 Haitians and sickened more than...

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King: Buying the field even when it’s idiotic

By on Mar 13, 2017 in Columns, King: Unseen Hands, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Michael A. King

Even more unsettling than usual: the stories in the Feb. 25 New York Times. There is Srinivas Kuchibhotia, an Indian immigrant and his friend shot in a Kansas bar by a man who wants them out of “his” U.S. A president promises “to throw undocumented immigrants ‘the hell out of the country.’ ” The White House door slams on media labeled “the enemy of the people” and pronounced guilty of promoting fake news. “Sweden, nation of open arms, rethinks immigration,” says a headline. “All across Central Europe, populist outsiders...

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Diversifying the face of mission still a challenge

By and on Mar 13, 2017 in Feature, Latest Issue | 0 comments

In Burkina Faso, Ann Jacobs, right, from Mennonite Mission Network, speaks with Pastor Siaka Traore, in green, Pastor Joseph, in black, and Samuel, a pastor-in-training, in blue. — Jeanette Krabill/MMN

Ann Jacobs expected to be deeply moved during her first visit to West Africa with Mennonite Mission Network. What Jacobs did not expect was how a conversation in Accra, Ghana, would affirm the importance of her role with the agency back in the United States. As an MMN church relations representative, Jacobs connects congregations to the agency, particularly African-American congregations. This is, in part, why Jacobs was in Africa with a small group on a two-week learning tour in July. Jacobs, who is African-American, said that Thomas Oduro,...

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Lancaster becomes ‘refugee capital’

By and on Mar 13, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 4 comments

Christine Baer, congregational resource developer with Church World Service, speaks at “Welcoming refugees,” an information session co-hosted by Eastern Mennonite Missions at Alive Church in Ephrata, Pa., Feb. 13. — Tammy Evans/EMM

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster City has become known as “America’s refugee capital” after the BBC reported it takes in 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the United States. Lancaster County has taken in 1,300 refugees since 2013, according to the BBC. Despite uncertainty surrounding the future of refugee resettlement in the U.S., interest seemed higher than ever Feb. 13 as more than 200 people came to Alive Church in Ephrata for an information session organized by Eastern Mennonite Missions and Church World...

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