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Mennonite Brethren affirm international community, mission

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

The ICOMB gathering week ended with an outdoor worship service at a nearby beach. The service included testimonies from 15 baptism candidates from four churches, three Thai and one Burmese. — John Ervin/ICOMB

The global center of Christianity is trending southeast. For Mennonite Brethren, the hub is somewhere between Congo and India, where the two largest MB conferences are located. Thailand may not be the geographical center, but it was the focal point of the MB world March 7-12 when 240 delegates from 36 countries gathered in Chon Buri for a global consultation on mission and prayer. The International Community of Mennonite Brethren, in partnership with the North American agency MB Mission, called the meeting. Twenty-one well-established MB...

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Conservative young women publish magazines

By and on Apr 24, 2017 in Feature, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Heather Lehman, editor of Light magazine, works on producing the spring 2017 issue at her home in Bloomington, Ind. Light is geared toward high-school-age girls in conservative Anabaptist churches. Lehman began producing it more than a decade ago at age 15. — Seth Lehman

Heather Lehman thought of producing her own publication for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Singers Glen, Va., she put together one-page newsletters decorated with markers, later expanding to family news bulletins on a typewriter. When she was 15, she produced the first issue of Life in the Light, a girls’ newsletter she mailed to her friends at church. More than a decade later, its name has become Light magazine, a quarterly geared toward high-school-age girls in conservative Anabaptist churches. It’s one of a few publications...

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Andres: The ghosts that haunt us

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Andres: In the Open Space, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Carmen Andres

Last month, the live-action remake of the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell hit theaters. Set in a future when many humans are augmented with cybernetic enhancements, the story follows Major Mira Killian, whose body was mortally injured in a terrorist attack. Her brain is experimentally integrated into a robotic body called a “shell.” With no memory of her life before the attack, Killian uses her enhanced abilities as part of a counterterrorism team. The film explores themes related to integration of biology and technology, what makes us...

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Shalom says it all

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

We could have called our Annual College Issue “Teaching Shalom, Making Shalom.” The word “peace” just isn’t enough to describe the many ways Anabaptist colleges are making a better world. Why “shalom”? The Hebrew word’s meaning extends much broader than simply “peace.” Shalom is complete peace. Its meanings include wholeness, harmony, well-being, health, perfection, fullness. It’s a condensed version of the idea that peace is more than the absence of war. To make shalom is to restore right relationships. Shalom reconciles...

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Examining our essentials

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Even if you think you’ve got the basics of Anabaptism down, you can always benefit from a refresher. Palmer Becker’s Anabaptist Essentials, released last month by Herald Press, runs through the basics in 10 short chapters ideal for everyone from the curious newcomer to the longtime church leader. As an expanded version of Becker’s booklet, What Is an Anabaptist Christian?, the book digs deeper into what distinguishes Anabaptism from other Christian traditions. Becker highlights three major themes: Jesus-centered faith, life in community,...

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Disparity of wealth

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Richard Showalter’s “Disciples Rich and Poor” (World Neighbors, Feb. 27) raises perhaps the most important dilemma of Christian discipleship: disparity of wealth. If it is indeed our call to live like a global family, we have work to do. This is something Ken Fellenbaum appears to miss (Letters & Comments, March 27) as he urges us to practice New Testament Christianity but negates white privilege as secular verbiage. I appreciate MWR and the diversity of opinions expressed. I come away from reading it with the feeling that I am not...

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Bible: Mercy wider than we imagine

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Marlene Kropf

It’s worth reading the Book of Jonah in one sitting. It won’t take more than five minutes. Getting the details freshly in mind as well as the entire scope of the story can make an old, familiar tale come alive again. As I reread the story, I found myself sitting under an orange tree in a sunny monastery courtyard in Damascus, Syria, listening to an Orthodox monk retell the story of Jonah’s call to Nineveh. I was co-leading a Mennonite Central Committee-sponsored worship study tour in Syria during Holy Week and Easter season. To our...

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Washington Witness: The same, and worse

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Various authors: Washington Witness | 0 comments

Tammy Alexander

“America’s deportation machine: The great expulsion.” “Undocumented mom of 3 U.S. citizen kids deported.” “Study: 5,100 kids in foster care after parents deported.” These may sound like recent headlines, but they are from articles written during the Obama administration. Though President Trump’s policies have caused heightened fears in immigrant communities, this administration’s actions are an extension of the previous eight years. Under Obama, more than 2.5 million immigrants were deported, more than under any other U.S....

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Michael J. Sharp’s unfinished peace mission

By and on Apr 24, 2017 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Michael J. Sharp and Church of Christ in Congo colleagues visit hosts from Shasha camp, one of the places where people lived after being displaced by violence. — Patricia Kisare/MCC

Four months after Michael J. Sharp moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, he joined a small delegation that for six hours climbed a mountain in South Kivu Province to meet a leader of a major armed group. The meeting was set up specifically so that Sharp, a new Mennonite Central Committee service worker, could talk with the colonel about why refugees from the Rwandan genocide had militarized and roamed the forests of eastern Congo with their families for 20 years. The group, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR,...

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Watson: Generations at odds?

By on Apr 24, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Watson: Gathering the Stones | 0 comments

Hillary Watson

The older generation always thinks the younger generation is going to pot. I hear this statement regularly in the church, repeated by the older generation who dedicated their lives to the church. I also hear it from the teenagers I work with, weighing whether or not to stay in the church. Everyone knows generational conflict is a tired song. All our complaints — about both the older and younger generations — are reruns of those who came before us. It’s a self-aware statement: I know my views reflect my cultural context. But often it’s...

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