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Toxic masculinity

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Public shaming of sexual predators is pushing toxic masculinity out of the shadows. A surge of reports of men’s abusive behavior has raised awareness that sexual harassment is appallingly common — and not only in the media, Hollywood and government, where recent attention has focused. Walls of silence that enabled sexualized violence are falling. Women are claiming the right to be treated with respect. Men are promising to stop tolerating sexual aggression. Creating a culture where survivors are empowered to come forward requires much...

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History: Alternative history — what if?

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Columns, History, Latest Issue, Preheim | 0 comments

Jesse Ziegler of Bethany Biblical Seminary in Chicago speaks during Bible Week at Freeman Junior College in 1948. — Mennonite Library and Archives

What if? It’s one of the great history games, speculating on alternative outcomes if events had happened differently. What if Abraham Lincoln had decided not to go to the theater on April 14, 1865? What if the Boston Red Sox hadn’t sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees? What if the Watergate intruders had been more competent? What if the General Conference Mennonite Church had located its seminary in Freeman, S.D., instead of Chicago? The denomination’s first venture in theological education was Witmarsum Seminary in Bluff­ton, Ohio,...

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Anthem directive sparks disagreement at Tabor

By and on Nov 17, 2017 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 9 comments

A kneeling figure is part of “Called to Serve,” a set of statues on Tabor College’s Centennial Plaza, dedicated in 2008. — Tim Huber/MWR

In the week after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Oct. 8 in protest of athletes kneeling during the national anthem to challenge racial injustice, Tabor College coaches received an email applicable to all players, coaches and personnel preparing to compete: “All will stand during the National Anthem. This is required in order to participate in the competition.” Tabor vice president of athletics Rusty Allen said no athlete at the Mennonite Brethren college in Hillsboro, Kan., had done anything that could be considered...

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Pastors: On guns for safety, ‘do not be conformed’

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

Mourners visit a makeshift memorial with crosses placed near the scene of the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. — Eric Gay/Associated Press

About 35 miles from where 26 people were killed in a Nov. 5 shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, members of San Antonio Mennonite Church participated in a vigil mourning the deaths a few days later. The massacre has prompted congregations to ask what security measures might be appropriate, including the use of firearms. San Antonio Mennonite has already given thought to its safety. Last year, when the congregation of 80 opened its building to shelter hundreds of people released from immigrant detention facilities with...

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Funding cuts aim to make ministries sustainable

By and on Nov 13, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Next year’s budget is hitting the reset button for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches, drastically changing the denomination’s relationship to its money and members. CCMBC is blessed with significant financial assets. More than a quarter billion dollars in trust deposits, retirement savings plans and properties create millions of dollars in revenue and profit margins annually. Executive director Steve Berg said such resources are a tremendous gift to fund ministries and operations. “We nonetheless realized that the...

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Bethany students meet Holocaust survivor portrayed in play

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

Inge Auerbacher, center, with Elizabeth Eby, left, and Gabi Klopfenstein, who portray her at different stages of her life in The Star on My Heart. — Alicia Thomas

GOSHEN, Ind. — It is rare that a theater cast gets to meet the central character of a real-life story they tell, but that became reality for students at Bethany Christian High School. Inge Auerbacher, one of the few children who survived Terezin, a Nazi transit camp, was in Goshen Nov. 2-6 to meet the cast members who are staging the dramatized story of her life, The Star on My Heart, Nov. 17-19. Auerbacher, 82, described her weekend with the cast as magical. She watched the cast perform the play, answered their questions and laughed and...

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Bible: Yes, worship does something

By on Nov 6, 2017 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Brad Roth

Afriend once waxed poetic about the peace he experienced when receiving the communion wafer in the Cath­olic mass. Since I had been reared on a diet of just-a-symbol cracker breads and grape juice cuplets, I didn’t get it. “What do you mean?” I asked incredulously. “It doesn’t do anything.” I’ve come a long way in deepening my appreciation for the power of the Lord’s Supper, but I probably wouldn’t have been alone in my doubts. For the most part, our evangelical and Anabaptist movement long ago lost sight of the notion that...

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Identity redefinition

By on Nov 6, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 2 comments

Anabaptist denominations are having an identity crisis. Or at least an identity redefinition. This is happening in several ways: making or considering name changes; ending old affiliations, beginning new ones or declaring independence; and reshaping what a denomination is. The pace of change indicates the fragmented state of Anabaptism in North America. The character of our denominations and area conferences is changing. In general, they are smaller. They are more regional and less national. (Some are evolving beyond geographical clusters into...

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Freedom to protest

By on Nov 6, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

I would be ashamed to watch football players injure each other’s brains. But I compliment African-American and other players protesting racial injustice by refusing to stand for the national anthem. They are demonstrating freedom of speech and conscience. Don Shrader Albuquerque, N.M.

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Book review: ‘When the English Fall’

By on Nov 6, 2017 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

"When the English Fall"

Iwill not soon forget an image David Williams creates in the opening chapters of his excellent novel, When the English Fall. The image is searing in its horror and in what it portends. Some kind of solar storm has afflicted the Earth, causing the North American electric grid to go dark. The novel’s protagonist, Jacob, sitting outside with his daughter, Sadie, witnesses an airplane in the distance, drifting downward, “like a dark, windblown leaf against the color-splashed sky.” Flashes of fire and the faint sound of crashing aircraft...

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