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Muddled memories

By on May 13, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

“Novelist Critiques ‘Culture of Control’ ” (Mosaic, print edition, April 15, which cited an article by Alexandra Schwartz in The New Yorker on novelist Miriam Toews and her new book, Women Talking) brought to mind a letter I wrote to The New Yorker that went unpublished. An excerpt may be of interest: “Schwartz is reasonably accommodating in her mention of Canadian writer Miriam Toews, however, the grab-bag of dirty linen excerpted from Toews’ muddled memories about Mennonites casually titillates the reader, and that’s about...

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We lose, we leave

By on May 13, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 2 comments

Your March 18 editorial, “A Common Struggle,” says Mennonites and United Meth­odists are alike in that, when decisions go against them, theological conservatives tend to leave while liberals tend to stay around and work for change. Then, the April 15 issue carries a Religion News Service report about the growing movement among United Meth­odist liberals to put together a new LGBTQ-inclusive grouping if the actions of the General Conference are upheld, countering your editorial assertion. It is far more accurate to say that people leave...

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Nonconformity’s perils

By on May 13, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 3 comments

Born from schism as a mark of truest obedience to the Lord, Anabaptists are better at breaking than binding. When the Reformation didn’t reform enough 500 years ago, Anabaptists went further, many paying the ultimate price: execution at the hands of churches that were indistinguishable from state authorities. Their deaths purchased a tradition of nonconformity that was carried on by conscientious objectors to war — to name one example — who made decisions not because they were easy but because they were right. And, though pride is the...

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Unforeseen outcomes

By on May 13, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

“What’s next?” During college commencement season, it’s the question on everyone’s lips. A graduate who doesn’t know the answer might tire of hearing it. A day of celebration offers little respite. Today we savor past accomplishment. Tomorrow the future begins. Graduates anxious about life’s next steps aren’t alone. College presidents know how they feel. The Mennonite is publishing a series of articles in which the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges and seminaries describe their vision for Mennonite higher education....

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Yoder-Short: I follow Apollos!

By on May 13, 2019 in Columns, Latest Issue, Yoder-Short: Living the Story | 0 comments

Yoder-Short: I follow Apollos!

I confess, at times I judge people by their hats. We don’t need hats to tell us our society and our churches are plagued with divisions. Divisions are nothing new. They are as old as tribes, as old as us and them. The first-century Corinthian church was riddled with divisions. Chloe’s people reported to Paul that people were claiming superiority by identifying with certain leaders. Some proudly wore Apollos is Superior hats. Others claimed Cephas (Peter) as the one to follow. Some declared they belonged to Paul. Still others asserted they...

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Book review: Fire by Night

By on May 13, 2019 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Fire by Night

When I started reading Fire by Night, I expected the usual Old Testament topics: gore, war and law, with the author’s new insights. Or, might it be a book-by-book review from an Anabaptist perspective. Neither was correct. In a confessional moment, author Melissa Florer-Bixler tells the reader what the book is not: 1) full of easy answers; 2) a reading strategy to get through the difficult sections; 3) an essential interpretive principle. (I would add that it is not a survey nor an in-depth research project.) However, she promises this: “I...

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Powell: More than caretakers

By on May 13, 2019 in Columns, Latest Issue, Powell: A Voice from the Center | 0 comments

Powell: More than caretakers

Some people think global warming is a hoax. Scientific evidence shows it is real. A November report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concluded we are headed toward disastrous climate change that we may not be able to undo. The report noted a significant increase in warmth over several dec­ades. It predicted the world’s average temperature will rise another 3 degrees by 2100. The discharge of greenhouse gases is the principal reason. Even among those who accept that humans contribute to climate change, there’s a gap between goals and...

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Kriss: Peace in the midst of turbulence

By on May 13, 2019 in Columns, Kriss: On the Way, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Kriss: Peace in the midst of turbulence

Recently I was in Sarasota, Fla., due to the forces of what church historian Phyllis Tickle describes as the church’s every-500-year rummage sale. Tickle’s words in her book The Great Emergence have continued to be an important guide for me in this tumultuous time of church reconfiguration. The Great Reformation of the European church 500 years ago had global implications, though it was primarily a Euro-centric event that happened at the same time as the rise of colonialism. Today’s Great Emergence is global as well. This topic came up...

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Amish pose challenges for providers of health care

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Amish pose challenges for providers of health care

Amish and conservative Mennonite communities might get identified as “Plain,” but health-care providers have found offering services to them can be anything but simple. A patient might pay with cash rather than use insurance. There might be language challenges or different perspectives about medical options. Cultural differences are pronounced but manageable if a health-care provider makes an effort to build relationships. The Young Center for Pietist and Anabaptist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College will address such complexities June...

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Don’t just assume

By and on May 13, 2019 in Feature, Latest Issue | 1 comment

The Anabaptist Identity Conference challenges the humble impulse of “this is just the way we do it.” — Philipp Gollner

Two cow carcasses lie piled onto each other, just off the parking lot. The Shipshewana (Ind.) Auction Barn has some actual barns attached to it, and two of its residents must have died recently. A few hours later they are gone, hauled off with a Caterpillar. The little signs that point visitors to the 14th Anabaptist Identity Conference nearby are less noticeable. The conference, AIC for short, has taken place mostly in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio so far, always organized by the inimitable brothers Nathan and Mathias Overholt. They serve as...

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