MB voice on peace

Oct 28, 2019 by

In a letter to constituents in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service” (Oct. 14), Don Morris, national director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches,...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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Longhurst: Little-known martyr

Oct 14, 2019 by

Every year, when Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the World War I armistice) rolls around, Canadians reflect on the many who gave their lives during that war and the dwindling number of World War...

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Is now the time to create a ‘Church Peace Tax Fund’?

Mar 28, 2019 by and

That’s the subject of one of the seminars being offered at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 2-6 in Kansas City, Mo. In response to Jesus’ exhortation to love enemies (Matt. 5:44), this seminar...

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

Feb 18, 2019 by

For many Mennonites, the Brethren in Christ are distant spiritual cousins. The BIC, while firmly Anabaptist, have also drawn deeply from the wells of pietism and Wesley­anism, which has created some...

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German-Americans and World War I: A cautionary tale

Dec 26, 2018 by

My great uncle, Henry A. Reimer, was nearly lynched during World War I. He was a German-speaking immigrant from Russia living in Collinsville, Okla., and had been arrested and jailed on suspicions he was...

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Discovered documents detail French Nazi resistance

Dec 3, 2018 by and

More than seven decades after World War II ended, revelations about Mennonites and the war continue coming to light. Stéphane Zehr of Anduze, France, presented research about French Mennonite resistance to...

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South Korean court upholds CO rights

Nov 19, 2018 by and

South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled Nov. 1 that men in the country can reject mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment. The Associated Press reported the ruling will...

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Neighbor vs. neighbor

Nov 19, 2018 by and

“You can’t imagine how it is to be hated,” wrote David Koehn and Wil­liam Frantz, Mennonite pacifist conscripts at Camp Greenleaf in Georgia, during World War I. Can’t we? Compassion compels us to...

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Wartime witness

Nov 19, 2018 by

I was interested in the Oct. 22 History column by Rich Preheim, with a picture of Mennonite conscientious objectors in World War I. My father was not in the picture, but he was at Fort Riley, Kan., at that...

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History: At war’s end, a last gasp of violence

Oct 22, 2018 by

One hundred years ago next month, on Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice brought World War I to an end, ceasing the four-year-old conflagration that resulted in 40 million casualties, unprecedented destruction and...

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Mennonites and empire

Sep 26, 2018 by

Every Mennonite in the small town of Goessel, Kan., knows the date 1874. It is emblazoned on the “Turkey Red Wheat Palace,” erected on the centennial of Mennonites’ migration to the Great Plains from...

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Commission reviewing national service, draft

Aug 27, 2018 by and

For much of 2018, a federal commission has been seeking input from the public on matters relating to national service and U.S. preparedness for a military draft. While few expect a draft to return, Mennonites...

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MC USA installs first African-American executive director

Aug 27, 2018 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Mennonite Church USA celebrated the leadership of Glen Guyton, the denomination’s first African-American executive director, at an installation service Aug. 18 at College Mennonite...

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Return to national service concerns French churches

Jul 16, 2018 by and

A government plan to resurrect compulsory national service next year in France has Mennonites concerned about implications for young people in their congregations. While some details are not finalized, the...

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South Korea recognizes rights of COs

Jul 9, 2018 by and

The Constitutional Court of Korea brought an end to 70 years of imprisoning conscientious objectors when it ruled June 28 that it is unconstitutional for South Korea not to offer alternative service options...

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Death penalty testimony a matter of faith

May 7, 2018 by and

On Feb. 26, Greta Lindecrantz of Denver was a mitigation specialist working in the legal system to help a man avoid the death penalty. On Feb. 27, she was an inmate in the Arapahoe County Detention Center. It...

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Criminally Christian

May 7, 2018 by

Christianity was an illegal movement in its infancy. The first adult baptisms were punished by death in 1527. Christians, especially Anabaptists, have often faced the choice to obey God or the state. Defying...

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Courage to be a conscientious objector

Nov 13, 2017 by

It doesn’t take a lot of courage to be a conscientious objector — to something that everyone is objecting to. It is easier to object to racism today than it was to object to slavery in 1850. It is easier...

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Color vision of a conscientious objector

Nov 8, 2017 by

In the summer of 2010, I was in basic training at the Air Force Academy. I had heard that it was said, “war is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.” I also believed in the Bible, but it seemed to...

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Dicates of conscience

Nov 6, 2017 by

Historians and the media are remembering the First World War, which members of my family dealt with 100 years ago. One of my uncles was drafted into the Army; an attempt to obtain a farm deferment was not...

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Building a peace resume together

Nov 1, 2017 by

“Everyone’s a pacifist between wars. It’s like being a vegetarian between meals.” — Colman McCarthy, journalist, pacifist and peace activist This coming Sunday evening at Rainbow Mennonite Church...

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Anabaptists only one facet of World War I dissent

Oct 24, 2017 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While many events have honored heroism and sacrifice during World War I, a different kind of conference gathered in an unlikely place to pay tribute to those who opposed the Great War a...

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‘Muted Voices’ conference recalls Hutterite martyrs

Oct 23, 2017 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The tale of four Hutterite conscientious objectors who refused even to wear a military uniform, let alone serve in the U.S. Army during World War I, is well known in Hutterite colonies and...

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