MCC distributes COVID-19 kits in Middle East

Jul 20, 2020 by and

Refugees and other displaced people living in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria already were struggling to subsist before COVID-19 became a health and economic threat. They fled violence in Syria, Iraq and several...

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MB seminary in Canada making cuts to survive

Jul 20, 2020 by and

Facing a severe funding shortfall, Canada’s Mennonite Breth­ren Biblical Seminary is making steep cuts in order to be financially sustainable. The school, located in Langley, B.C., is cutting three staff...

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Author makes peace with chronic illness

Jul 20, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — What’s it like to be a person of faith with a chronic illness? That’s one of the questions explored by Allison Alexander in her new book Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness. In...

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Another MWC assembly miracle?

Jul 16, 2020 by

Did you know that a pandemic has preceded three consecutive Mennonite World Conference assemblies in the Global South? For Zimbabwe in 2003, it was SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). For Paraguay in...

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Patriotism vs. nationalism: an important difference

Jul 13, 2020 by

This is the time of year when many Americans show love and support for our country. This is the definition of patriotism. It is a recognition that we are thankful for a past that has brought us to this point...

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Washington guest house to close

Jul 13, 2020 by and

After more than 50 years of being a home away from home for people from around the world, the International Guest House in Washington, D.C., is closing. And although the property has not yet been sold,...

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Let’s change, not manage, America’s systemic racism

Jul 13, 2020 by

For 400 years, no matter how many times people of color have asked for change, white America has decided to manage its systemic racism and refused to change its structure. In recent months, as we witnessed...

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Campaign will seek to revive peace witness

Jul 13, 2020 by and

The Peace and Justice Support Network is collaborating with Mennonite Church USA staff, area conferences and peacemakers to create a movement: Mennonites Against Militarism. The planning stages of this...

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Resurgence of a global Mennonite far right

Jul 13, 2020 by

In this time of global pandemic and international protests against systemic police brutality, thoughtful ­Anabaptist journalism has become more essential than ever. I am grateful to Mennonite World Review for...

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Kinsinger: Let justice roll down like waters

Jul 13, 2020 by

I didn’t experience race tensions growing up. The rural community I grew up in was almost exclusively white. During my childhood, I remember getting to know only one black woman and her daughter who visited...

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Kehrberg: Spare the chores, deprive the child

Jul 13, 2020 by

A true act of love, on the other hand, requires hard work and patience, and for some, it is a whole way of life. — Fydor Dostoevsky In mid-March, America went on lockdown. Everyone finds their own ways to...

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Evangelical writers: Trump is a ‘spiritual danger’

Jul 13, 2020 by and

You’ve probably heard of the white evangelicals who have backed President Donald Trump since he launched his campaign for president. Their story is well known to political analysts and average Americans...

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A proud tower crumbles

Jul 13, 2020 by

It was one thing when the United States closed its borders to travelers from the ­European Union in March. It was another when the EU chastised lax American responses to COVID-19 and turned the tables,...

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Yoder-Short: Mercy for all?

Jul 13, 2020 by

What if a comforting parable comes unraveled? What if the hero we usually identify with fades? What if we start seeing ourselves as an overly inquisitive lawyer or possibly someone lacking empathy? When we...

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Court upholds funding for religious schools

Jul 13, 2020 by and

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling ending state provisions that bar taxpayer aid to private religious schools preserves a source of funding for Mennonite elementary and high schools. The June 30 ruling is considered...

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Book review: Reconnect

Jul 13, 2020 by

Afew weeks into the Oregon governor’s stay-at- home orders, my family decided to institute its own decree about the use of cell phones: Every evening, we would take two hours to put our phones aside and be...

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Bible: Hometown boy’s surprising wisdom

Jul 13, 2020 by

In April 2019, a friend and I walked the Jesus Trail in Galilee from Nazareth to ­Capernaum. Walking about eight miles a day, up and down hills and through meadows thick with spring flowers and towering...

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The art and the artist

Jul 13, 2020 by

Can we separate the art from the artist? This is one of the questions raised by the removal of seven songs by Catholic composer David Haas from the forthcoming Voices Together hymnal. Haas is credibly accused...

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Songs by accused composer removed from hymnal

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Planners of a new Mennonite hymnal are dropping seven songs from the book just months before publication after learning of sexual misconduct allegations concerning a composer. MennoMedia, the hymnal’s...

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Paraguayan shaped global Anabaptist theology

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Alfred Neufeld of Paraguay, a prolific author, theologian, historian and teacher who shaped Anabaptist theology globally, died June 24 in Münster, Germany, after treatment for liver cancer and kidney...

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