Are we still radical?

May 21, 2018 by

Thanks to Tim Huber for “Criminally Christian” (Editorials, May 7). At times we pride ourselves in our Mennonite history yet neglect our history of being the radical reformers. When my wife and I were...

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Evangelical Anabaptism

May 21, 2018 by

What is “evangelical Anabaptist”? It’s a designation claimed in some form by Mennonite Brethren, Conservative Mennonite Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Conference and Evana Network — which takes its...

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History: Catalyst of Anabaptist ideas

Oct 9, 2017 by

Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, German monk and theology professor Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church by nailing his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg. This simple act ...

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Is our religion about fixing America?

Sep 20, 2017 by

During the 1980s, I worked as a civil legal aid attorney for indigent men and women. Their legal claims concerned debt relief and access to health care, food and housing. More than any other time in my life,...

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3 things I love about being an Anabaptist

Sep 18, 2017 by

When you belong somewhere, you are home. That’s why I appreciate not only my Anabaptist heritage, but my current experience as well. I think Anabaptists have a special niche that many other church groups do...

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Anabaptist siblings: Brethren renew historic connections with Mennonites

Nov 11, 2015 by and

Since its founding in Ger­many in 1708, the Breth­­ren stream of Anabaptism has been associated with Mennonites, particularly for their shared opposition to war. Yet both groups have often overlooked their...

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Becoming Anabaptist

Nov 9, 2015 by

“I wasn’t born a Mennonite. I like to say I became one the old-fashioned way — I chose to be one as an adult.” While I wasn’t in Kansas City, Mo., July 1 to hear Hal Shrader make this statement in a...

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Hope and expectation

Oct 23, 2015 by

There are two kinds of wonder, Hal Shra­der said in a sermon at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 1 in Kansas City, Mo., as he preached on the Luke 24 account of Jesus’ resurrection. One is confusion...

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Anabaptist visions of sport

Oct 6, 2015 by

This November, I’ll be one of many scholars giving a paper at The Spirit of Sports, the 2015 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I’ll be part of a session organized...

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Pastors in Northern Ireland cut church to the core

Aug 31, 2015 by and

Pastoral colleagues Karen Sethuraman and Gordon McDade thought they were doing everything right. Their traditional church in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, had lots of people, programs and a strong community...

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‘Kindle our hearts’

Aug 31, 2015 by

When Mennonites sing “Move in Our Midst,” a hymn praying for the Holy Spirit to guide us, we are accepting a gift from the Church of the Brethren. “Teach us to love with heart, soul and mind,” Kenneth...

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Saint Dorothy

Aug 17, 2015 by

I would like to nominate Dorothy Day as a patron saint of American Anabaptism. This statement will likely elicit a few “amens” but also a few raised eyebrows. How can Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker...

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With a name and leaders, Evana group moves ahead

Apr 20, 2015 by and

Evana Network will be the name of a new Anabaptist group of churches set to launch in September. Evana announced its name — a combination of “evangelical” and “Anabaptist” — along with a...

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Opinion: Chasm between ‘plain’ and ‘liberal’

Apr 13, 2015 by

I attended parts of the Ana­baptist Identity Conference (“Conservative Anabaptists Reject Fundamentalism”). I had not been aware of these conferences, which have been occurring for some time. Such is the...

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The small politics of the church

Mar 24, 2015 by

If you read a lot of Anabaptist theology you know that a key insight regarding the social and political witness of church is this: The social and political witness of the church is simply being the...

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Conservative Anabaptists reject fundamentalism

Mar 23, 2015 by and

NAPPANEE, Ind. — Chester Weaver believes in fundamentals of Christianity such as the virgin birth, Christ’s bodily resurrection and the creation story. Fundamentalism, however, is another matter — and...

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Being a Mennonite academic

Feb 19, 2015 by

It’s interesting being a Mennonite and an academic. Sometimes I find my Anabaptist-Mennonite sensibilities grating against the norms of academia: my “priesthood of all believers” mentality against...

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New group to offer alternative to MC USA

Jan 23, 2015 by and

HARTVILLE, Ohio — A new Anabaptist network of churches that expects to attract some who leave Mennonite Church USA plans to launch in the fall, organizers announced during a consultation Jan. 16-17 at...

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Opinion: The Gnostics are back

Jan 19, 2015 by

The God-mission Jesus taught has always faced competing understandings. Within 100 years of Jesus’ resurrection, a powerful belief system known as Gnosticism developed within Christianity and threatened its...

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Opinion: Finding the center

Oct 13, 2014 by

What have we done with God’s good news? The church tends to define the good news as something we have — and if you become like us, we may let you in on it too. My vision for the Mennonite church is simple:...

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Sister Care reinforces Puerto Rico connections

Jun 23, 2014 by

AIBONITO, Puerto Rico — Two women with roots in Puerto Rico recently brought a Mennonite Women USA seminar to the island. Carolyn Heggen and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht co-led the Sister Care seminar March 21-22...

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Project weaves peacemaking into language learning

Jun 9, 2014 by and

Words are powerful, which is why the Language for Peace project aims to explore how Anabaptist and other philosophies of peacemaking are incorporated into various language courses — Spanish, German, Korean,...

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Becoming an Anablacktivist

May 12, 2014 by

Traveling through Philadelphia last year, I met Drew Hart. He’s a Ph.D. student at Lutheran Theological Seminary, a part-time pastor and professor, and a prophetic voice in Anabaptist circles. What follows...

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Renewal Circles group plans first convention

Apr 28, 2014 by and

The recently organized group Anabaptist Renewal Circles will look to fuel spiritual renewal across many Mennonite Church USA conferences with a national convention this summer. Using the theme, “Proclaiming...

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Graham’s almost agreement with nonresistance

Apr 9, 2014 by

A seminal event in Anabaptist history happened when, in 1961 dialogue began between Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders and Billy Graham — at the time, one of America’s most famous figures and...

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