Hymnals: old, new, sometimes gathering dust

Oct 23, 2017 by and

How often does a church need a new hymnal? Every 25 years? Every century? Once for all time? Or are hymnals obsolete? Among the diversity of Anabaptists in North America, there’s someone who would answer...

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MCC’s Erica Littlewolf: ‘We are still alive. We really do exist.’

Oct 23, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Though most people call her Erica Littlewolf, on the Northern Chey­enne reservation in Busby, Mont., she is known as Vonahé’e. Littlewolf is many things: An aspiring runner, an...

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Miller: What can I do?

Oct 23, 2017 by

“What can I do to help?” peo­ple ask after natural disasters. The question became more pertinent for me after dodging Hurricane Irma as it made its way toward Sarasota, Fla., where I live. Thankfully, the...

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Identity clarified

Oct 23, 2017 by

During my 25 years of traveling across the Mennonite church preaching about firstfruits stewardship, I don’t remember ever being concerned about the stewardship of my own name, much less identity theft....

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Spirit and truth in the mainline

Oct 23, 2017 by

Every time we meet, a mainline Protestant pastor bemoans the decline of churches like his. Fewer members, lower attendance, congregations closing. Yes, it is all true. Yes, but. Though ordained in the...

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A white man with guns

Oct 23, 2017 by

Was it terrorism? No. The shooter was white. The mass shooting that took the lives of at least 59 people and injured hundreds at an Oct. 1 country music concert in Las Vegas revealed much about American racial...

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Kraybill: Taking a knee for Jesus

Oct 23, 2017 by

American football players protesting racism recently took a knee instead of standing at attention during performances of the U.S. national anthem, triggering a Twitter storm from the president and a cloudburst...

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Longhurst: The end of ‘Sola Scriptura’?

Oct 23, 2017 by

Here in Canada, as in the United States, one of the biggest issues dividing the church is homosexuality. Churches are leaving Mennonite Church Canada over it. In British Columbia, I was told that as many as a...

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Bible: Channeling the zeal of Phinehas

Oct 23, 2017 by

There may be nothing more unsettling to the (post)­mod­ern mind than zeal. Faith’s OK, many suppose, so long as it’s small and well-behaved, trotted out on a short leash at the odd moments — like birth...

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Book review: ‘Recollections of a Sectarian Realist’

Oct 23, 2017 by

College president, relief administrator and theologian J. Lawrence Burkholder died in Goshen, Ind., in 2010 at age 93. Shortly afterward, his daughter Myrna began editing oral interviews that historian Arnold...

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Kriss: A falling tower

Oct 23, 2017 by

We came to the party late. Mennonite Church USA created a national denominational superstructure just in time for the whole idea to crumble in Protestant circles. I still remember my hopeful response as we...

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Fates intertwined

Oct 23, 2017 by

The closing of Grace University in Omaha, Neb., is a sobering reminder not to take the existence of a small Christian college for granted. Grace was never officially Mennonite, but its founders were. Most were...

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New structure approved for MC Canada

Oct 18, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Delegates voted 94 percent in favor of taking Mennonite Church Canada’s existing structures off of life support equipment that some believe is designed for a society and church culture...

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Nebraska university with Mennonite roots to close

Oct 12, 2017 by and

Grace University in Omaha, Neb., founded by Mennonites in 1943 as Grace Bible Institute, announced Oct. 3 it will close at the end of the academic year. The interdenominational school was unable to overcome...

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Kansas teacher central to ACLU Israel boycott lawsuit

Oct 12, 2017 by and

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 11 on behalf of a Mennonite teacher challenging a new Kansas law barring state contractors from taking part in boycotts against Israel. Esther...

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MC USA wants to get all schools on same page

Oct 11, 2017 by and

A task force is proposing a more cooperative and consistent relationship between Mennonite Church USA and its institutions of higher education. “We’re envisioning a relationship based more on collaboration...

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Hurricane Maria damage severe for Mennonites in Puerto Rico

Oct 10, 2017 by and

As assessment teams work their way across Puerto Rico, it becomes clear Hurricane Maria damaged Mennonite churches, hospitals and a school to a greater degree than originally understood. After Maria hit the...

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