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Bible: Breaking a thousand-year tradition

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Duane Beachey

I’m thinking of a fable where a wolf is accepted into lamb society. As Aesop tells it, the wolf in sheep’s clothing is a fraud. But Saul’s transformation is real. The sheep hunter becomes a sheep. Think what it took for Ananias and the Jesus community to allow Saul to fellowship and teach among them. Getting over their suspicion of this man, who had been such a threat, was tough. But people can change their thinking or switch sides. Even a fierce opponent. But Saul was not just a philosophical/religious opponent whose ideas differed. He...

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Bolivian children’s home builds stronger families

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Students in the pre-kindergarten class attend their last week of classes at Guarderia Moisés, a daycare program of MCC partner Stansberry Children’s Home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. — Juliane Kozel/Stansberry Children’s Home

WINNIPEG, Man. — When Rosinda Picon goes to work, she trusts the staff at Stansberry Children’s Home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to care for her children. The children’s home, which is a Mennonite Central Committee partner, is about three miles outside downtown Santa Cruz — a short walk for Picon — in a rapidly growing city of almost 2 million people. The home serves as a refuge for abandoned children or those seized by the state, but it also runs a day-care program, providing education and security children need while allowing their...

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Book review: ‘Rebel Mother’

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

"Rebel Mother"

The Mennonite layer of Peter Andreas’ unconventional childhood story is at first glance rather thin. More than anything, Rebel Mother is a story of the 1960s and 1970s, when American culture was impacted by dramatic political and social changes that redrew its landscape permanently. Peter was born into a marriage formed in 1951 by two Bethel College students in south central Kansas, a father with “hardwired 1950s sensibilities” and a mother who increasingly questioned the values and propriety of her upbringing. Like so many women of her...

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Showalter: What makes a convert?

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Showalter: World Neighbors | 0 comments

Richard Showalter

Why do evangelicals become Anabaptists? Why do Anabaptists become Orthodox or Catholic? Why do Orthodox or Catholics become evangelicals? Why do young people leave “the church,” of whatever variety? What is the power behind new Christian movements, such as Anabaptism in the 16th century, Pentecostalism in the 20th or the new monasticism of the 21st? And why do people of other major world religions choose Christianity? For sure, we want a faith that matters. A few weeks ago as I sat among a group of new believers in the Middle East, we...

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Opting to be humanist

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 1 comment

The subjects of contention in MWR’s Letters & Comments section leave me in a quandary. Having been a Mennonite Church member for 60 years, and on its payroll for 15, I treasure the love that emanates from within the Mennonite family. But letters indicating the great divide as to the church’s focus and ethics are wide of the target. It is time to reassess the church’s essence and issues. When one is constantly faced with the horrors of innocent suffering and death from natural disasters (landslides, tsunamis, famine, starvation,...

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Powell: Passing the torch to a new set of midwives

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Powell: A Voice from the Center | 0 comments

John Powell

After the election of President Obama in 2008, civil rights leader and Mennonite theologian Vincent Harding used the image of midwifery to describe an emerging America. A midwife encourages the mother and child through the pain and ecstasy of childbirth. While helping the mother bear the pain, she talks to the child. She tells the child that he or she can, and must, make it through. Harding suggested we are midwives of a new America. “Perhaps,” he said, “we are the ones who will walk through the great dangers into the marvelous...

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‘Lead Your Way’

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Imagine a Mennonite college admissions counselor, for whom the national youth convention is harvest time. Thousands of her best prospects will pass through the exhibit hall where she’s set up shop. Everything is perfect. Except the competition has staked its claim right next door. And they’ve got cooler T-shirts. There’s no getting around the competitive nature of college recruiting. But there is a way to tamp down the rivalry when five schools contend for attention in the same room for a few days every other summer: Show a united front....

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Switch to ‘Rosedale Network’ narrowly fails

By and on Aug 14, 2017 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 2 comments

Delegate ministers pray before voting on a new name for Conservative Mennonite Conference during the denomination’s annual conference July 28 in Kidron, Ohio. — Rachel Stella/MWR

KIDRON, Ohio — Conservative Mennonite Conference is keeping its name for now, but leaders will continue to look at possibilities for change. CMC’s delegate body of 98 ministers needed a two-thirds majority July 28 to change the denomination’s name to Rose­dale Network of Churches. The proposal narrowly failed, with 63 percent supporting it. The Executive Board will continue to formulate an alternative new name. Another vote could take place as early as the next ministers’ business meeting, scheduled for Feb. 19-22 in Belleville, Pa. A...

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Kehrberg: Hospitality more than a clean house

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Columns, Kehrberg: Cramer Avenue, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Sarah Kehrberg

Having people over. Getting together. Fellowshipping around the table. Regardless of the phrase you use, hospitality is a difficult thing. It involves time, effort and vulnerability. The statistical data and anecdotal evidence consistently prove that eating together as families and communities enriches life and happiness. Yet, we tend to avoid it. It’s like telling us to exercise: We know and agree. We just don’t do it. It is tempting to blame electronic screens and social media. They are the perfect scapegoat for all societal maladies,...

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Yoder-Short: A decluttered church

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Yoder-Short: Living the Story | 0 comments

Jane Yoder-Short

A freeing feeling results when we donate unneeded clutter to the local rummage sale. Old books go, making room for new ones. Useless kitchen gadgets leave, creating room for useful basics. Uncomfortable shoes disappear, enabling us to discover the beauty of less. In The Great Emergence, Phyllis Tickle noted Mark Dyer’s insight “that about every 500 years the church feels compelled to hold a giant rummage sale.” Institutionalized Christianity becomes an “intolerable carapace that must be shattered in order that renewal and new growth...

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