Partners in Appalachia adapt as need grows

Apr 27, 2020 by and

Sharing With Appalachian People staff continue supporting local partners as they distribute food in Kentucky and West Virginia, but the coronavirus pandemic is changing the way they get food to the people who...

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A time for the vernacular

Apr 27, 2020 by

My wife cut my hair this weekend. In recent years, I had become accustomed to the pleasures and precisions of professional haircuts. The home hairdo was a bit nerve-wracking for both of us. When your...

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Outsider’s perspective

Apr 20, 2020 by

I appreciated Glen Guyton’s reflections on his life journey from the military to executive director of Mennonite Church USA (“Outsider’s Perspective Shows Value of Belonging,” April 6). With no draft...

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Redeeming evil days

Apr 20, 2020 by

The Apostle Paul’s admonition to the church at Ephesus to “redeem the time” has always been good advice. But rarely has the reason — “because the days are evil” — felt more relevant. When times...

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Latin Americans aid those out of work due to virus

Apr 20, 2020 by and

​Mennonite Mission Network partners in Ecuador and Peru are transforming financial aid into the “loaves and fishes” of groceries and rent assistance for people suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic’s...

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Bible: The rider on a pale horse

Apr 20, 2020 by

So this is how the world ends: not with a bang or a whimper but with the sound of your last square of toilet paper going down the tubes. God’s people have been here before (sort of) — enemies from within...

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Yoder-Short: Life in the wilderness

Apr 20, 2020 by

We live in a fear-filled, anxiety-ridden wilderness. We sound like the rabble enumerating all they miss of the good life in Egypt. Gone are the days of good food, tasty Nile fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks,...

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Should Anabaptists still rebaptize?

Apr 20, 2020 by

“Anabaptist” literally means to rebaptize. This was a nickname given to a group of radical reformers in the 16th century. A number of denominations have sprung from this movement. Adult believers baptism...

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Powell: Hold on tight

Apr 20, 2020 by

Our world is topsy-turvy as a result of the coronavirus. People are being infected at an alarming rate. Medical gear is in short supply. People are dying without their loved ones being able to say goodbye....

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Hispanic church’s birth reinvigorates established church

Apr 20, 2020 by and

Last summer, Naun Cerrato, a participant in Mennonite Mission Network’s Sent Network church-planting training, was primed to launch Iglesia Menonita Piedra Vida (Living Stone Mennonite Church), a new...

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MVS shifts duties to units; three close

Apr 20, 2020 by and

Mennonite Voluntary Service is shifting responsibilities to individual units as it transitions from a program model to a network model. Under the new model, units assume administrative and payroll...

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MDS Lancaster churns out thousands of masks

Apr 20, 2020 by and

The Mennonite Disaster Service unit in Lancaster, Pa., is coordinating volunteers making coronavirus protection masks at a rate of 21,000 every three days. By April 13 they had made 55,000. The effort —...

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You can’t stay home if you don’t have one

Apr 20, 2020 by and

It was already hard for un­documented families in South Texas to find work, get groceries or visit the doctor. Staying at home was already a lofty goal for people experiencing homelessness in...

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A peace tax fund

Apr 20, 2020 by

Shouldn’t taxpayers have the right not to kill? When we pay our taxes that underwrite warmaking, we are participating in all the killing, destruction and displacement that war involves. Taxpayers praying for...

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Kehrberg: Giving up my essentials

Apr 20, 2020 by

People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors. — Dorothea, Middlemarch In response to COVID-19, our county issued a “stay home, stay safe”...

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Kinsinger: How COVID-19 reset my mindset

Apr 20, 2020 by

As the map in The New York Times fills with red, I’ve been sorta blue. Thanks, COVID-19. Church, writers’ events, community gatherings — all canceled. COVID-19 corresponded with a natural bout of...

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Necessary insights

Apr 20, 2020 by

Glen Guyton’s personal story and his quoted comments (“Outsider’s Perspective Shows Value of Belonging,” April 6) give reality to an outlook that I heard long ago and truly believe. Non­ethnic...

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MCC U.S., MDS, Everence launch COVID relief fund

Apr 20, 2020 by , and

Mennonite Disaster Service, Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have launched a COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund to aid churches facing financial crisis due to the pandemic. The fund was seeded...

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Pentecost optimism

Apr 20, 2020 by

Easter any other year is one of those Sundays the folding chairs might come out of the fellowship hall and into the sanctuary. Churches should be full to bursting. But not this year. Like the tomb on the first...

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Book review: Yoder School

Apr 20, 2020 by

Frankly, I was a bit leery of taking up a country school hardship story, given that I have both lived that reality and read about it often. But happily, Yoder School is not centrally about the three-room...

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New Yorkers serve, pray as virus rages

Apr 15, 2020 by and

NEW YORK — Mennonites living in the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic are distributing food to those in need, working as nurses and first responders, mourning friends who have died and praying for a...

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MHS facilities in multiple states report COVID cases

Apr 7, 2020 by and

At least seven residents at Mennonite Home Communities in Lancaster, Pa., who tested positive for COVID-19 had died as of April 14. Twelve staff members tested positive and were self-isolating. MHC is one of...

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MMN personnel contract COVID-19 in Europe

Apr 2, 2020 by and

Three members of a Mennonite Mission Network family in France and three other MMN workers in France, Germany and Spain are recovering from COVID-19. The family members in France are Martine Audéoud, her...

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