Southeast churches weigh new affiliations

Jun 3, 2019 by and

The congregations of Southeast Mennonite Conference are reanalyzing their future after delegates delayed a decision on where to affiliate. After an 18-8 vote in October to leave Mennonite Church USA, delegates...

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African evangelist ‘born for mission’

Jun 3, 2019 by and

Madalitso Kaputa of Malawi has an insatiable hunger to share the gospel. With the joy of the Lord as his strength, his life’s purpose — to reach the unreached — is clear. “I was born for...

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MCC aid sustains cyclone survivors

Jun 3, 2019 by and

Issa Ebombolo did not expect the level of malnutrition he encountered among people displaced by Cyclone Idai. Upon arriving in Malawi — where he helped distribute a Mennonite Central Committee shipment of...

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We can resist

May 27, 2019 by

There are at least three reasons I support the H.A. Penner/John Stoner proposal (“We’ll Pay for Peace,” April 15) of discussing a Church Peace Tax Fund at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas...

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Trumping up a war

May 27, 2019 by

It looks like the Trump administration might trigger war on Iran. Venezuela and North Korea are also possibilities. We are on the precipice of a war that could be used to shore up President Trump’s poll...

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Step Up is primed to go a step further

May 27, 2019 by and

Lorren Oesch recalls a moment at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly in Orlando, Fla., when her table group encouraged her to go onstage and share her perspective at the microphone. She...

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Andres: Not your typical biblical movie

May 27, 2019 by

After being released overseas last year, Mary Magdalene made it to U.S. theaters in early April and began streaming this month on Amazon. Directed by Garth Davis (who also directed Lion, one of my favorite...

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Broad census counts more Anabaptists

May 27, 2019 by

The most inclusive census of Anabaptists in the United States counts 100,000 more members than the 2018 Mennonite World Conference tally. The survey, by the Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite Historical Society, counts...

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King: Good job!

May 27, 2019 by

The going was slow, but I was meditating on how fit I felt compared to when I started biking again the week before. Some sort of whooshing commotion blew up on my left. Before I knew what it was, I heard...

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Washington Witness: Wall or refuge?

May 27, 2019 by

The number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has risen sharply in recent months. Previously the majority apprehended at our southern border were single adults seeking work. Now, more than 60...

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Book review: The God Who Sees

May 27, 2019 by

This winter, as I read Karen González’s excellent new book on immigration, troubling news continued to unfold about events at the United States’ southern border. Governmental policy, fueled by xenophobic...

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Today’s peace churches

May 27, 2019 by

Historic Peace Churches are an exclusive club. Beginning with a 1935 conference bringing together Mennonite, Quaker and Church of the Brethren representatives, the “big three” have never added a...

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USMB board tests statement on women in ministry

May 27, 2019 by

U.S. Mennonite Brethren are discerning what — if any — changes could be considered when it comes to women in ministerial leadership. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches denominational...

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600,000 divided by 67

May 27, 2019 by

Does your church have a reason to be? There’s a reason it began, but does it have a purpose today? If your great-grandparents needed a shorter drive for the horse and buggy, that doesn’t count any...

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Bible: Literal, symbolic — or both?

May 27, 2019 by

“Take, this is my body”: These words are the crux of contention, the source of division for any hope of a shared communion practice in the universal church. What did Jesus mean? Did the bread become his...

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Do we still believe in mutual aid?

May 27, 2019 by

Mutual aid has been for Mennonites a pearl of great price. By banding together to help each other, Mennonites succeeded in crossing oceans and mountains to live on the frontier in Christian communities....

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Reflections from the South Texas Borderland Tour

May 16, 2019 by

Kathy Neufeld Dunn joined others from Western District Conference on a borderlands learning tour May 6-10 sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Central States and supported by the WDC Immigration Task...

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Doing Justice: Loving neighbors, public officials

May 14, 2019 by

Mennonites are good at service. That’s how we love our neighbors. We address direct human need: providing shelter, food, education. Sometimes we ask about policies and institutions that impact the needs of...

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