A civil rights reunion

Oct 10, 2018 by

While on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., J. Lawrence Burkholder participated in an integration effort on March 31, 1964, in Saint Augustine, Fla., which made headlines in newspapers...

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Powell: Fighting the ‘bear’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hardly anyone could have imagined the dramatic shift in relationships that has happened in the past year in the United States. Our communities have become edgy, waiting for the next tragedy to happen. The...

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Civil rights and leadership

Oct 17, 2016 by

My job requires me to spend a lot of time thinking about leadership. I oversee a ministry with programs, staff and board members in five states. Keeping everyone one the same page while providing the space to...

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Serving with Choctaw, couple have seen prejudice, progress

Aug 1, 2016 by and

MERIDIAN, Miss. — A bullet tore through the home of Glenn and Emma Myers. It punctured the frame of a bed set against an outside wall. The shooting happened in 1967 in Philadelphia, the heart of civil-rights...

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What would MLK do?

Jan 18, 2016 by

It isn’t just on MLK Day that we watch it unfold. It happens with national race incidents. It happens in heated conversations. It happens in tweets and Facebook comments. If you are someone who regularly...

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Goshen professor earns Indiana’s highest civil rights award

Jan 18, 2016 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Regina Shands Stoltzfus, assistant professor of peace, justice and conflict studies at Goshen College, has been awarded the Spirit of Justice Award by the State of Indiana Civil Rights...

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No peace apart from justice

Sep 21, 2015 by

Today is the International Day of Peace. Yesterday was recognized in many faith communities as Peace Sunday, and I had the privilege of delivering the sermon with a good friend of mine at Slate Hill Mennonite...

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Been down into the South

May 27, 2015 by

In 1961, when the Congress for Racial Equality planned a “freedom ride” through the South to test the integration of interstate transit, they were experimenting in nonviolent direct action — a radical...

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Bridges, marches and ‘foot soldiers’

May 11, 2015 by

I thought I knew the civil rights story, but a weeklong seminar with Hesston College students, faculty, staff and friends March 7-14 gave me much more. What I knew were the broad outlines, major events and...

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MWR speaker: Politics needs Anabaptist voice

Mar 16, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — A former Kansas budget director who served both Democrat and Republican governors says the question for Anabaptists is not “Should we be political?” but “How should we be...

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Dreams, deeds and the soul of Selma

Mar 9, 2015 by

Tens of thousands of Americans made the pilgrimage to Selma, Ala., March 7. They came to remember the sacrifices of everyday people who risked their lives to expand voting rights in this country. As President...

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Discrimination complaint settled

Feb 16, 2015 by and

A Mennonite couple in Iowa who declined to host a gay wedding at their business have reached a settlement to dismiss discrimination litigation. To avoid further controversy, they will no longer pursue business...

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‘Selma’: Recognizing yesterday is today

Jan 16, 2015 by

Last night I went to see Selma, and I was absolutely enthralled. The artistry was beautiful. The actors authentic. The lines soul stirring. When the credits began to roll, I felt as if I had just been through...

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Pastor nudged church to act on civil rights

Jun 2, 2014 by and

Vincent Harding, a civil rights activist and former Mennonite pastor who wrote Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Beyond Vietnam” antiwar speech, died May 19 in Philadelphia. He was 82. Harding served as...

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Vincent Harding: A light shines in the darkness

May 21, 2014 by

Dr. Vincent Harding, great keeper of the Southern Freedom Movement flame, died May 19th. He was 82 years old. A graduate student in history during the late 1950s, Harding took an integrated road trip through...

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Stories: Paths to justice

Jan 20, 2014 by

Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian recently spoke at a peace and justice gathering in Detroit. He recalled the struggles of the civil rights era. He said they were successful because justice seekers supported...

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