MCC increases support for Summer Service program

Apr 16, 2014 by and

For years Keshia Kay Littlebear of Billings, Mont., was certain where her path would take her when she was older and the summers rolled around. She was going to be an MCC U.S. Summer Service worker. From 2002...

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Opera workshop stretches creativity and stage skills

Apr 14, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Ashley Fredette wants to perform in operas one day, but it wasn’t until she took Canadian Mennonite University’s Opera Workshop course that she got her first taste of what life as an...

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Scapegoat for sin

Apr 14, 2014 by

Whether or not we believe loving, committed, same-sex relationships are sinful, how is it possible that we can divide the church by choosing this one “sin”? Jesus said nothing about same-sex love but...

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Canadian leader responds to interest in Anabaptism

Apr 14, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — A growing awareness of Anabaptism is increasing interest in Mennonite Church Canada, and Willard Metzger is happy to respond. “I hear so many people tell me that they have found a...

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Music conference to celebrate the environment

Apr 14, 2014 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — Conrad Grebel University College is well into preparations for the third in a series of music festival-conferences June 5-8. “Sound in the Land 2014: Music and the Environment (Discovering...

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Prison theater project reveals ‘freedom behind bars’

Apr 14, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College student Emily Simpson’s time in prison taught her more than she’d imagined. It might not be what you think. Simpson, nine other Bethel students and their professor,...

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Got Jesus?

Apr 14, 2014 by

Passion Week, particularly Easter (or Resurrection Sunday), is the most sacred event for most Christians. We pause to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus has fulfilled God’s...

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Individualistic unity

Apr 14, 2014 by

Americans prize personal liberty and individual choice. We prefer cars and trucks over buses and trains. Contemporary worship songs hew to personal, not group, language. Believing that anyone who works hard...

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Church based on trust

Apr 14, 2014 by

The recent letter from 150 pastors has become characterized as one of the polarized “sides” in the Mennonite Church USA discussions on sexuality and faithfulness. This is neither nuanced nor accurate....

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Directors carry on a 100-year theater tradition

Apr 14, 2014 by and

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A Bluffton University tradition with events dating back a century, May Day weekend includes a Maypole dance by first-year students and is capped by baccalaureate services and...

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Director helps students be part of something bigger

Apr 14, 2014 by and

ROSEDALE, Ohio — Every year at Rosedale Bible College, the stage in the chapel undergoes a transformation, students wander about practicing lines and examining their motivation, and Christa J. Wolf works her...

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Puzzling visions

Apr 14, 2014 by

As a child I remember my mom being concerned about the Mennonite church. It was losing its identity. Mennonites were becoming less different from the world in the ways they dressed and thought. What looks like...

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Students explore musical interests within community

Apr 14, 2014 by , and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — A music student at Eastern Mennonite University might: Sing a classical aria in a voice lesson on Monday mornings; Rehearse works by Mozart and Bono in Chamber Singers on Wednesday...

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Along the margins

Apr 14, 2014 by

Vibrant theology as well as Christian mission happens along church margins. Yes, what takes place at the center is important. Councils, assemblies and conferences make decisions that may or may not nourish the...

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Music connects three generations of alumnae

Apr 14, 2014 by , and

HESSTON, Kan. — Rebecca Eichelberger’s journey to Hess­ton College started in 1949 when her great-grandfather saw the importance of a Mennonite education for his own daughter, Rebecca’s grandmother...

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Women’s choir celebrates a decade of world music

Apr 14, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — The first things Kate Friesen noticed about the Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir were their colorful scarves and bare feet. “But their sound was different, too,” said Friesen, a...

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Music groups take to the road for spring break

Apr 14, 2014 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Tabor College continues to send its students across the U.S. to share music with communities during spring break. The Concert Choir has been performing a spring tour since the 1950s. For...

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Class uses stage to shine a spotlight on social issues

Apr 14, 2014 by and

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — In The Real Thing: a Play, Czechoslovakian producer and writer Tom Stoppard wrote, “Words are sacred. . . . If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a...

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Concert series comes to life with composer’s dying work

Apr 14, 2014 by and

FRESNO, Calif. — Think of the Masterworks concert series at Fresno Pacific University as a building project, resulting in a musical masterpiece rather than an architectural one. The blueprint: Mozart’s...

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Power in the blood

Apr 14, 2014 by

As the first Adam’s sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam’s blood my soul embrace. — John Donne After rehearsing a gospel song, a musician friend who to our knowledge has never attended an actual...

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Jesus and sexuality

Apr 14, 2014 by

We can debate whether homosexuality is genetic or nurtured, but one thing is absolute: Having sex is a choice. A child is born with man’s selfish nature. Its foundations for truth are developed through the...

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Unfinished Easter

Apr 14, 2014 by

Mark’s Gospel ends too soon. Or so it seems. “Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” What happened to the happy...

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Death consumed by life

Apr 14, 2014 by

There is a spark of God hidden within each one of us. For some the spark only smolders and smokes, layers of ash encasing the glowing ember. For others the spark is hard to see, for it has ignited flames of...

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Traditions drive Amish survival

Apr 7, 2014 by and

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Why have the Amish survived? Cory Anderson says it boils down to one word: babies. Anderson, a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church and a doctoral candidate in rural sociology at...

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On a fraught subject, a change without conflict

Apr 7, 2014 by and

An update to Bethel College’s nondiscrimination policy drew support on social media and brought attention to differences between faculty hiring processes at Mennonite colleges. Bethel’s board of directors...

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