Kriss: What does it mean to be Anabaptist?

Jun 10, 2019 by

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s recent research expanded the pool of groups included under the Anabaptist umbrella. The Community of Christ has moved toward declaring itself a peace church....

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You’ve got a friend in PA

May 29, 2019 by

A core concept of social psychology is the idea that people negotiate their identities depending on their contexts. While you are always, in some ways, yourself, some parts of your identity are emphasized and...

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What does it mean to be Anabaptist today?

May 17, 2019 by

I am not one of those people who says, “I’m not religious, I just love Jesus” or “I don’t belong to any denomination, I’m just a Christian.” Rather, I have sometimes said, “Those who are sure...

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‘Mennonite’ isn’t the problem

Apr 26, 2019 by

I could not disagree more strongly with Ryan Ahl­grim’s suggestion that the name “Mennonite” be thrown on the trash heap of history (Blog, “It’s time to change the Mennonite name”). I believe the...

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It’s time to change the Mennonite name

Mar 25, 2019 by

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Mennonite”? I immediately think of Mennonite Central Committee relief sales, quilts, suspenders, prayer coverings, farmers, borscht,...

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Yoder: Innocent words gone awry

Feb 18, 2019 by

Bluebird, girl, noncradle — all innocent words. Sometimes it isn’t what we say; it’s how we say it. If you were a bluebird in my first-grade class, you were teased. “Bluebird” was an innocent label...

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Mennonite food

Feb 8, 2019 by

I grew up on a small mixed farm on the prairies, with a large garden that provided all of our fruits and vegetables for a year as well as providing some produce for market. I definitely took it for granted...

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Who am I?

Jan 11, 2019 by

It was in a little church near St. Marys, Ont., that my wife and I were baptized and became members of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. After the service, the minister who had baptized us advised us to...

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German-Americans and World War I: A cautionary tale

Dec 26, 2018 by

My great uncle, Henry A. Reimer, was nearly lynched during World War I. He was a German-speaking immigrant from Russia living in Collinsville, Okla., and had been arrested and jailed on suspicions he was...

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Oregon school drops ‘Mennonite’ from name

Dec 10, 2018 by and

Western Mennonite School near West Salem, Ore., changed its name to Western Christian School over the summer to better reflect a student body with few Mennonite students. Though there is an Anabaptist...

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Why so few baptisms?

Dec 3, 2018 by

When I applied for the pastoral position at my current congregation, during one interview, I asked the search committee when they’d last celebrated a baptism. They thought for a moment. “Years,” they...

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Commendation, and warning of compromise

Dec 3, 2018 by

Listening to a sermon on the letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor in the Book of Revelation, I thought: “What would a letter say if it were written to the Mennonite church today?” I believe...

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Discovered documents detail French Nazi resistance

Dec 3, 2018 by and

More than seven decades after World War II ended, revelations about Mennonites and the war continue coming to light. Stéphane Zehr of Anduze, France, presented research about French Mennonite resistance to...

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No need for sticker shock

Nov 19, 2018 by and

Weapons have no place in churches, whether they are carried by someone concerned with harm or with self-defense. Followers of the God of peace are right to indicate this in a visible way. It is true that a...

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Wartime witness

Nov 19, 2018 by

I was interested in the Oct. 22 History column by Rich Preheim, with a picture of Mennonite conscientious objectors in World War I. My father was not in the picture, but he was at Fort Riley, Kan., at that...

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Our troubling Mennonite inferiority complex

Nov 16, 2018 by

“Many American Christians simply assume that the state has no business dictating church beliefs or practices, that a church should be a gathered body of believers rather than a net that that scoops up...

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“Djagalah Anak Kambing Koe” (“Tend My Lambs”)

Nov 12, 2018 by and

Renewal 2027 is a 10-year series of events organized by Mennonite World Conference’s Faith and Life Commission to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. This series...

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Churches discuss response to lethal threats

Nov 5, 2018 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — As Mennonites gathered in a church basement Oct. 27 to discuss how they might respond to a shooter in their church, cell phones buzzed with news of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The...

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Independent seminary launches Anabaptist program

Nov 5, 2018 by and

An independent seminary in the Chicago area is launching an Anabaptist Studies Program featuring a pastor and author recently terminated as visiting lecturer from the Mennonite Breth­ren Fresno (Calif.)...

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Much to gain if periodicals merge

Nov 5, 2018 by and

The future of Mennonite journalism is the talk of the church. The proposed merger of Mennonite World Review Inc. and The Mennonite Inc. has got people thinking about what might be gained or lost in a merger...

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598 is not enough

Oct 22, 2018 by and

What are the chances that a Mennonite teenager today will go to a Mennonite Church USA college or university? Not that good, and much less than 10 years ago, according to Mennonite Education Agency. Over the...

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Uruguayan MBs growing, with an assist from Brazil

Oct 22, 2018 by and

The Mennonite Brethren church in Uruguay is growing in a big way, and its transformation is an expression of increasing cooperation between MBs in Latin America. Consejo de las Congregaciones de los Hermanos...

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Reflections on Ukraine: Can it happen again?

Oct 17, 2018 by

Women in Odessa, Kherson, Zaporozhe, Dnipro and Kiev adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been...

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Ex-members of ultra-traditional groups share stories

Oct 8, 2018 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Leaving a highly traditional religious community can exact a high price, but for many participants in a recent conference, the costs of remaining were even higher. Although most of the...

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Three years exploring Mennoworld

Oct 8, 2018 by and

This is my final editorial for MWR. After three years as assistant editor and web editor, I’ve decided to try freelance journalism. It’s been satisfying to connect with people across the Anabaptist...

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