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Kriss: Once we were the ones who knocked

By on Dec 17, 2018 in Columns, Kriss: On the Way, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Kriss: Once we were the ones who knocked

This is the great seriousness of the Advent message and its great blessing. Christ stands at the door. He lives in the form of people around us. Will you therefore leave the door locked for your protection, or will you open the door? — from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s sermon for the first Sunday in Advent of 1928 in Barcelona As I write this in the earliest days of Advent, thousands of migrants are stranded at Tijuana, one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. At times they are within shouting distance of peaceful and prosperous San Diego County,...

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Two trends to watch

By on Dec 17, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

It’s tempting to exaggerate the uniqueness of what is happening to us right now. We say the world is changing faster than ever but forget change is constant. Earlier generations saw massive upheaval, too. We’re not that special. Except maybe we are. Today there’s wide agreement that we’re living in a time of historic change in the church and the culture. Happenings in global Anabaptism this year can be viewed within the context of two broad trends that are changing the world, and the church, in fundamental ways: globalization and a...

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Martyr memorial dedicated

By and on Dec 17, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

People gather at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Man., on Nov. 10 for the unveiling of a statue of Anabaptist martyr Dirk Willems rescuing his jailer. — Mennonite Heritage Village

Braving frigid winds and a temperature below the freezing point, about 100 people gathered Nov. 10 at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Man., to dedicate a statue honoring an Anabaptist martyr defined by an act on thawing ice. Based on an engraving of Dirk Willems by Jan Luyken in Martyrs Mirror, the life-size bronze monument by Manitoba sculptor Peter Sawatzky is intended to recognize the Anabaptist ideals of peacemaking. Financed with more than $100,000 in donations, the statue depicts Willems rescuing his jailer, who had fallen...

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Oregon school drops ‘Mennonite’ from name

By and on Dec 10, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Fourth- and fifth-grade girls wear the Western Christian School name. — Western Christian School

Western Mennonite School near West Salem, Ore., changed its name to Western Christian School over the summer to better reflect a student body with few Mennonite students. Though there is an Anabaptist community in the area, Mennonite name recognition has lessened in the past few decades, said Rich Martin, director of advancement and admissions. “I graduated from Western Mennonite School in 1985, and it was a little different then,” he said. “We probably had 50 percent Mennonite kids then. This year at the beginning we had three out of...

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EMM leader’s termination leaves unanswered questions

By and on Dec 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 9 comments

Nelson Okanya, then-president of Eastern Mennonite Missions, speaks at the Church and Post-Christian Culture conference in 2014 at Carlisle (Pa.) Brethren in Christ Church. — Kelli Yoder/MWR

Eastern Mennonite Missions “separated employment with President Nelson Okanya” on Nov. 16, the organization announced in a statement, leaving unanswered questions about what warranted the move and prompting a letter from Okanya’s congregation expressing “shock, anger and disappointment.” In a longer statement two weeks later, the EMM board of directors clarified Nov. 30 that the decision was “not the result of fiscal or moral impropriety, or past job performance, but the board’s understanding of a lack of alignment between the...

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Goshen graduate was influential peacemaker

By on Dec 3, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Philip Thomas speaks to campus in October 2017 during Homecoming Weekend while receiving the college’s Culture for Service Alumni Award. — Goshen College

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College alumnus and adjunct professor Philip Thomas of Goshen died on Nov. 29 of natural causes due to a heart attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Thomas was a peace advocate who had traveled to more than 30 countries in his work with heads of states, indigenous groups, community leaders and corporate executives, trying to encourage dialogue and implement peace. Thomas is a 1987 Goshen alumnus and served as an occasional adjunct professor of peace, justice and conflict studies. In 2017, he received the college’s Culture for...

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Big swing falls short

By on Dec 3, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 1 comment

When you swing for the fences, you don’t have to knock one out of the park to help the team win. Mennonite World Review Inc. and The Mennonite Inc. got a runner on base. In the end, things didn’t work out within the Mennonite Church USA system, and a merger of MWR Inc. and TMI is not to be. An opportunity has been missed, but the attempt was not in vain. Promising ideas for working together are emerging. The relationship between MWR Inc. and TMI has been strengthened. We’ve agreed that collaboration is necessary for long-term...

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Bible column: An all-in kind of love

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Bible column: An all-in kind of love

Crack the first windows of your family Advent calendar and you will soon enough hear Mary and Zachariah and the angels in lyric worship and praise. The hour of promise come ’round could only ever begin that way. It’s like the noted preacher of an earlier generation who prefaced every sermon with this act of worship: Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me bless God’s holy name. This touchstone from Psalm 103 frames the Sunday pulpit moment not as a chiding of the saints for lethargy and waywardness but as sweet service of...

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Mister Rogers’ example

By on Dec 3, 2018 in Andres: In the Open Space, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Mister Rogers’ example

Captivating might not be the first word to come to mind regarding a documentary about Fred Rogers — creator and host of the long-running children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — but Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is just that. And more. For me, those 93 minutes were like a year of good therapy, a thick blanket of love and an inspiring testimony reflecting the reason we are here all wrapped in one. The documentary opens with black-and-white footage of a young, soft-spoken Rogers — who would go on to become an ordained Presbyterian...

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Swallowed by the sea

By on Dec 3, 2018 in Columns, Latest Issue, Various authors: U.N. Witness | 0 comments

Swallowed by the sea

During his opening address at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoanga implored U.N. member states to hold each other accountable for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. “Climate change is a weapon of mass destruction. It is slaughtering fellow human beings,” he said. “Every single year wasted with no climate change action draws Tuvalu a year closer to its total demise from Earth.” Evidence of changing climates comes from a wide range of studies and sources, with...

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