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Powell: Why I sing gospel

By on May 22, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Powell: A Voice from the Center | 0 comments

John Powell

It’s hard to keep focused on God’s preferred future when marginalized communities are attacked and deprived of justice. People use different coping mechanisms to deal with it. Some let anger, resentment and frustration take over. Many express their moods and feelings through music. Some sing the blues, which laments the loss of someone or something precious. Some sing protest songs to bring attention to the need for change. I sometimes struggle to find cohesion between faith and practice as I work for justice. Now is one of those times. I...

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Patience, prayer, power

By on May 22, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

The weeks following Jesus’ resurrection must have been an exciting time of transition for his followers. “After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of details of that period, but we can imagine how they adjusted to the stunning fact that death was beatable. The 2016 film Risen shows their joy and fearlessness while being questioned by Roman authorities trying to prove Jesus’...

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Opinion: Exorcising the ghosts of fundamentalism

By on May 22, 2017 in Latest Issue, Opinion | 5 comments

I often encounter Christians who once were fundamentalists but now distance themselves from that kind of faith, which they found to be spiritually oppressive. Often, this distancing has to do with the Bible. Seeing the Bible as a source of violence and judgmentalism, they may say they like Jesus but find the Old Testament (or Paul or Revelation) a problem. I sympathize. The way some people use the Bible does underwrite hurtful attitudes and actions. Parts of the Bible lend themselves to such use. I love the Bible and use it as a source for...

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Yoder-Short: Trust not the foxes

By on May 22, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Yoder-Short: Living the Story | 0 comments

Jane Yoder-Short

Ten baby chicks arrived at our house along with a flock of childhood memories. I grew up where banties roamed the barnyard, and spring included clucky mothers with newly hatched chicks. As I put our chicks in their new space, I remember a hen who faced an unsolvable dilemma. Her nest was high on a mountain of hay bales. No matter how hard this mother called, the chicks couldn’t get down. Enter another mother with an apron. This brave mother gathered the chicks in her apron as the mother banty pecked her legs. Down the steps the parade went,...

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Health care and prayer

By on May 22, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 4 comments

On May 4, the National Day of Prayer, the U.S. House of Representatives completed the first step toward passing the American Health Care Act. When members of Congress gathered at the White House to celebrate, one might have expected the event to be about extolling the virtues of the AHCA. However, the major message was the victory of Trumpcare over Obama­care, no matter how premature the celebration was (the Senate still has to vote on the AHCA). The major concern is whether the AHCA is fostering hope, courage and trust or, instead,...

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Lancaster students injured in bus accident

By on May 17, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

This story was updated May 19. Multiple people were injured when a small school bus transporting Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School students crashed the morning of May 17 in East Lampeter Township. LNP reported East Lampeter Township police chief John Bowman said all 14 students and the bus driver were taken to Lancaster General Hospital, and that the driver and 12 students were released before noon. The driver of another car was also injured. Police described the accident as a hit-and-run. LMS Superintendent Pam Tieszen told MWR the...

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MCC aids Iraqis who’ve slipped through safety net

By and on May 15, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

A boy carries a mattress to his temporary home after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq. An MCC partner, Zakho Small Villages Project, distributed food, cooking supplies, hygiene supplies, mattresses and other household materials that families left behind when they fled. — Waleed Muzoory/ZSVP

As more than 350,000 Iraqis have fled violence in and around the city of Mosul, Mennonite Central Committee is providing food and household supplies to those who slip through the safety net of other humanitarian organizations. In Mosul, civilians are directed to emergency camps away from the front lines as Iraqi security forces, international coalition forces and other armed groups battle to reclaim the city from ISIS. However, many of the camps are full beyond capacity and unsuitable for long-term displacement. Some people choose to stay with...

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Nigerian girls’ release answers Brethren prayers

By and on May 15, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

People gather at a relocation center sponsored by the Church of the Brethren in Yola, Nigeria. The Church of the Brethren’s Nigeria Crisis Response has funded three relocation camps for people who still haven’t been able to return home. — Roy Winter

Heartened by the release of 82 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants three years ago, the Church of the Brethren continues to support thousands of its members affected by the insurgent group’s violence. Most of the kidnapped girls are associated with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), which has been working with the U.S. Church of the Brethren to respond to widespread devastation. The girls were exchanged May 6 for five suspects associated with Boko Haram, an extremist Islamist group...

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Kreider lit Anabaptist fire in U.K.

By , , and on May 12, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Alan Kreider, AMBS professor emeritus of church history and mission, greets AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk while bidding farewell to his church family at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind., in late April. — J. Nelson Kraybill

Alan F. Kreider, a mission worker, scholar and speaker who ignited contemporary Anabaptism in the United Kingdom and beyond, died May 8 at his home in Goshen, Ind. He was 75 and had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December. Kreider and his wife, Eleanor, served from 1974 to 2000 in England with Mennonite Board of Missions. Initially among the first Mennonites in the U.K. in four centuries, the Kreiders for 16 years co-directed the London Mennonite Centre, shaping it into a hub of urban mission, conflict mediation and Christian...

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Egyptians welcome interfaith peace book

By and on May 8, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

David Shenk and Badru Kate­regga hold a copy of A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue. — Andres Prins/EMM

Since 1980, A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk has helped Christians and Muslims cultivate mutual understanding. An event in Cairo opened doors for the book’s message to make an impact in Egypt. Egyptian Muslim and Christian leaders gathered March 15 at All Saints’ Cathedral to celebrate the Arabic translation of the influential book. Translated into at least a dozen languages, the book has actually been available in Arabic for several years. Shenk cited turmoil in Egypt as the reason for its...

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