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Kriss: The power of a simple greeting

By on Aug 13, 2018 in Columns, Kriss: On the Way, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Stephen Kriss

One deep grateful breath, One small step forward Has the power to change everything. — from Through and Beyond by Bonnie Thurston I live in a city of 1.6 million people, in a time of contention, in what often feels like a fragmenting country. I’m part of a faith movement that shares much of the same contention around political, ethnic and economic changes, despite our theological posture as people “in, but not of, this world.” Anabaptist Christians in the United States continue to be shaped, provoked and at times overwhelmed by...

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Testimony: I welcomed my enemy

By and on Aug 13, 2018 in Latest Issue, Testimony | 1 comment

I come from a people called the Banyamulenge. We are cattle herders and live in the high mountains of eastern Congo overlooking Lake Tanganyika. Over the years, my people have been forced from one area to another in search of green pastures for our livestock. When the Belgians ruled this part of Africa, we lived in what is now Rwanda. However, a severe famine forced us from our land, and eventually we moved to the mountain slopes of Mulenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After years of peace there, my people began to feel the effects of...

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Kraybill: Let God do the sorting

By on Aug 13, 2018 in Columns, Kraybill: Holy Land Peace Pilgrim, Latest Issue | 0 comments

J. Nelson Kraybill

From a boat on the Sea of Galilee, a fisherman demonstrates the ancient art of casting a circular net. Weights along the outer edge sink rapidly, pulling the web around any living thing below. Waters next to Jesus’ ministry base at Capernaum teemed with tilapia, carp and sardines when his first disciples plied their trade. Fishing was a significant part of the regional economy in the first century, evidenced by names of nearby towns: Bethsaida (“house of fishing”) was hometown to Peter, Andrew and Philip; Tariacheae (“pickled fish...

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Seminary distributes aid after volcano erupts in Guatemala

By and on Aug 7, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

SEMILLA Latin American Anabaptist Seminary staff distribute volcano relief goods in the village of El Porvenir, Guatemala. — SEMILLA

EL PORVENIR, Guatemala — The village of El Porvenir looked pleasant and sunny July 28. Roads, houses and buildings were washed clean by seasonal rain. But the village was empty, with access restricted by national police. Only 10 families could return each day to recover what they could of lives overturned by the June 3 eruption of Volcán de Fuego. Staff of SEMILLA Latin American Anabaptist Seminary were allowed into the village for a short time in late July to deliver food, household supplies, clothing and medicine to these itinerant...

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Dutch congregation rebuilds to support community

By and on Aug 7, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Zaandam Mennonite Church’s new fellowship hall is an energy-neutral building designed to engage the church’s neighbors. — Zaandam Mennonite Church

The fellowship hall of the Mennonite church in Zaandam, the Netherlands, needed a bit of work. The congregation decided it was a chance to make the 1970s annex not just more friendly to the environment but to the community as well. The rebuilt space opened June 11 to the public, featuring a community center that doubles as an Italian restaurant. The structure opens to a patio at the back of the church, directly above one of the country’s ubiquitous canals. “The old one was outdated and environmentally in very bad condition,” said Pieter...

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MCC Washington Office reflects on 50 years of advocacy

By and on Aug 7, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Speakers at the 50th anniversary of the MCC U.S. Washington Office included, from left, Ann Graber Hershberger, chair of the MCC U.S. board; J. Daryl Byler, former director of the office; Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, current director of the office; and J Ron Byler, executive director of MCC U.S. — Brenda Burkholder/MCC

WASHINGTON — The Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house and reception at The Hill Center on July 17. MCC’s Peace Section opened the Washington Office on July 1, 1968, as a Mennonite and Breth­ren in Christ presence on Capitol Hill. Originally considered a “listening post” in Washington, the office now advocates on a variety of issues, from immigration to diplomacy with “enemy” nations. “One thing that hasn’t changed since the office’s opening is the need to...

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Sexual abuse challenges conservative communities

By and on Jul 30, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 7 comments

An organization that addresses sexual abuse in conservative Anabaptist communities has suspended the vice chair of its board following allegations that he failed to protect abuse victims from a known sex offender. The situation that the group, Anabaptist Sexual Abuse Awareness, is dealing with reflects the challenges culturally conservative Anabaptists face when confronting sexual abuse in emotionally reserved church communities. Generations of abuse victims have suffered in silence because expressions of pain, anger and frustration aren’t...

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Washington Witness: Getting serious about Korean peace

By on Jul 30, 2018 in Columns, Latest Issue, Various authors: Washington Witness | 0 comments

Charissa Zehr

“If you’re going to be serious about peace, then you need to be serious about peacebuilding,” the congressional staffer said. He sat across the imposing Senate conference table the day after the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. After almost 100 years of work, we at Mennonite Central Committee do consider ourselves serious about peacebuilding. But the staffer’s tone implied he thought the exact opposite: that we were naive about what building peace on the Korean Peninsula really involves. In the...

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Book review: ‘Plantation Jesus’

By on Jul 30, 2018 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

"Plantation Jesus"

Another book on racism? Haven’t we moved beyond that topic yet? Isn’t it time for all of us to get over it? It is precisely these responses to racism that prompted Skot Welch, Rick Wilson and Andi Cumbo-Floyd to write Plantation Jesus: Race, Faith and a New Way Forward. Welch and Wilson have led diversity workshops for church groups and hosted a radio show on race relations in Grand Rapids, Mich. In both contexts they heard an array of defensive reactions to the idea that racism still troubles the waters of our current times. The book...

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Opinion: What’s our inclusion ritual?

By and on Jul 30, 2018 in Latest Issue, Opinion | 5 comments

In “From Belief to Belonging: Open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada congregations”, Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe describes how open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada congregations due to a concern for inclusivity and welcome. If her survey is representative, then most MC Canada congregations have given up on baptism as the door to communion. From my viewpoint, there is confusion today about which ordinance is actually the ritual of inclusion. It is not the Lord’s Supper but baptism. Is it not really open...

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