Always reforming

Sep 11, 2017 by

The church is always reforming. Exhausting as it is, it’s a necessity. Just as our bodies continually fight death by renewing themselves every way they possibly can, healthy church bodies must do the...

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Mennonite World Conference considers name change

Mar 6, 2017 by and

Conversation about changing the name of Mennonite World Conference has moved beyond the Executive Committee. At meetings the week after the Feb. 12 MWC Renewal 2027 event in Augsburg, Germany, the committee...

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The strengths of others

Apr 11, 2016 by

On Easter Sunday, Lutherans said a prayer for unity. The liturgy offered by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America asked the God of life to pour Christ’s “resurrection into the churches. Make visible...

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Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and diversity

Jun 10, 2015 by

In May I spoke at the Mennonite Historical Society annual dinner in Elkhart, Ind. I was asked to make observations for Mennonite Church USA from Ontario Mennonite history. Mennonite Church USA has been going...

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Remembering another army of heroes

May 25, 2015 by

I felt an incredible sadness as I counted the names, 259 in all, on the front page of yesterday’s local paper. They represent all of the young men from our area who were sacrificed in the prime of their...

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Hymns unite Swiss Reformed, Anabaptists

May 25, 2015 by and

LEOLA, Pa. — A different kind of hymn sing took place May 6 at the Reiff farm near Leola. Twenty people from Switzerland, mostly from the Reformed Church tradition, gathered with a wide variety of U.S....

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Drawing the ‘Lines’

May 11, 2015 by

The announcements of congregational withdrawals from Mennonite Church USA and the subsequent formation of new affiliations have generated considerable anxiety in the church at large. But a similar process of...

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Renewal from within

Feb 16, 2015 by

I am disappointed to hear of groups leaving Mennonite Church USA. Every individual, congregation, conference, denomination and renewal group falls short in some way. If not now, they will in the future. In...

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