Legacy of a South American Mennonite state

Apr 18, 2016 by and

EBENFELD, Paraguay — Rain woke me in the night. The roar on the tin roof drowned out the frogs, if any were still singing. Only the thrashing of palms cut across the downpour. In the morning I learned that...

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A pilgrim’s sight

Apr 11, 2016 by

As I headed for retreat in Arizona’s Verde Valley, words of Eastern Mennonite Seminary colleague Linda Alley, insights honed as spiritual director, still rang: “I imagine it as a pilgrimage. The journey...

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Assessing Trump

Apr 11, 2016 by

I see MWR has decided to inject itself into secular politics by telling us who not to vote for in the Republican primary. I will anxiously await the next issue where Paul Schrag will tell us who not to vote...

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For Amish, long trip to chiropractor can be fun

Apr 11, 2016 by and

CANISTOTA, S.D. — It’s a common site in Old Order Amish communities: blue dresses, black pants and white socks on a clothesline billowing in a brisk, early spring wind. But this clothesline and its...

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Ethical investing

Apr 11, 2016 by

We want our financial investments to follow our beliefs. We’ve done socially responsible investment through Everence and its Praxis Mutual Fund. We were very disappointed to learn that a trustee of the...

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Panel calls sexual abuse a ‘cancer’ in the church

Apr 11, 2016 by

Calling sexualized violence a “cancer within the church that we need to expose,” the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention released a statement March 30 urging congregations to “bring to...

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Deported pastor’s supporters press for his return

Apr 11, 2016 by

Advocates for deported Iowa Pastor Max Villatoro were hopeful after meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., March 20-21, the one-year anniversary of his deportation. When he was deported on March 20, 2015,...

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In a thrifty trend, Virginia MCC store expands

Apr 11, 2016 by and

The Mennonite Central Committee thrift shop in Harrisonburg, Va., is doing so much business it is investing in a $3.8 million expansion. Deb King is general manager of Gift and Thrift Shop Inc., an...

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Radically redefined

Apr 11, 2016 by

Gerald Gerbrandt recalls a Mennonite Church Canada staff member at a regional assembly “bringing greetings from Mennonite Church Canada.” He thought this revealed a basic problem: Members viewed their...

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How I teach history differently

Apr 11, 2016 by

A student wanted to know: Why did I tell such negative stories about this country? Our country does good things, too. The purpose of teaching history, it seemed, was to produce proud, patriotic, unquestioning...

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Choice already made

Apr 11, 2016 by

Mennonites used to be concerned about what vocations were and weren’t appropriate for followers of Jesus Christ. But now it seems most anything goes. When a member of a Mennonite congregation chose to work...

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Bluffton lecturer challenges racism in the church

Apr 11, 2016 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Author, blogger, activist and professor Drew G.I. Hart presented the Keeney Peace Lecture, “What Has Shalom to Do with White Dominant Culture?,” during Forum March 29 at Bluffton...

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Bible: Redeemed from the depths

Apr 11, 2016 by

You have to know something about pigs to understand these two passages from the Gospel of Luke. First-century Jews did not raise pigs; they did not eat pigs. Leviticus 11 has a list of unclean, or impure,...

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Peace, newly popular

Apr 11, 2016 by

The word on everybody’s lips right now when speaking of Colombia is “peace.” There are encouraging signs and broad support for a negotiated peace accord between the Colombian government and the...

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Book review: ‘An Increase in Time’

Apr 11, 2016 by

This is not an average congregational history. But Germantown Mennonite Church is not an average congregation. Richard Lichty, the author of An Increase in Time: Story Lines of Germantown Mennonite Church...

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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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Seminary debt is church’s burden

Apr 11, 2016 by

When people ask why I, a lifelong Mennonite, chose not to get my graduate degree at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, I usually offer the easy answer: As a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner, four years at...

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Solicitation charge dismissed against former EMU VP

Mar 29, 2016 by and

A judge dismissed a charge of solicitation of prostitution against former Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman on March 29, roughly a week after a Harrisonburg, Va.,...

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MCC to receive $1 million gift for maternal health

Mar 23, 2016 by and

EPHRATA, Pa. — Throughout her long career in international development — including with Mennonite Central Committee — Luann Habegger Martin of McLean, Va., worked to promote the well-being of women and...

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