History: Big family begat bigger church

Jul 8, 2019 by

Christian (1788-1846) and Christiana Buzzard Holdeman (1788-1865) had Mennonite church leaders in their family tree. Christian’s father had been a minister, while Christiana’s great-grandfather was the...

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Powell: Slavery to freedom

Jun 24, 2019 by

Independence Day, July 4, will be celebrated soon. There’ll be parades lined with politicians seeking your support. Families will gather to watch fireworks. The U.S flag will be on display. Little attention...

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A Civil War question: Can one hate both slavery and war equally?

Jan 30, 2019 by

I have long been interested in a quite challenging moral issue: How can we overcome evil without adding to the evil? This issue is central to the philosophy of nonviolence, and I think it should be central to...

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Some other ways to talk about Indians this Thanksgiving

Nov 19, 2018 by

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. How do you talk about it with your children? Many of us learned a story about Pilgrims and Indians sharing a happy meal of New World foods — turkey and cranberries and...

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Longhurst: Lessons from a long-ago conflict

Feb 26, 2018 by

Although I am Canadian, I’m a bit of a U.S. Civil War buff. For a long time I’ve been fascinated by that terrible war — how it started, the military strategies and campaigns, the lives of ordinary...

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Working at harmony across racial divides

Nov 10, 2015 by

Freedom of expression is a wonderful gift we have in this country and Canada as well (a tip ‘o the hat to my Canadian followers). With the ease of instant worldwide communication when anyone, including me,...

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