Time is running out

Sep 16, 2019 by

I read MWR looking for stories on the environment, global warming, organic Mennonite farming, saving the planet. These are the spiritual issues I thirst for. Often I don’t find much. But in the Aug. 19...

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Book review: Nature and the Environment in Amish Life

Sep 2, 2019 by

Even before climate change emerged as an existential threat, the Amish were lauded for their environmentally friendly, off-the-grid lifestyle. Horse-drawn transportation, huge vegetable gardens, emphasis on...

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Warning in Scripture

Aug 19, 2019 by

J. Nelson Kraybill’s account of visiting the replica of Noah’s ark in Williamstown, Ky., (“Ark Encounters Modern Science”) was both sobering and hilarious. Imagine “juvenile dino­saurs” on the...

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A green wedding

Jul 22, 2019 by

What do you do if you are committed environmentalists who plan to get married? Have a green wedding, of course. That’s what Winnipeggers Bethany Daman and Sasha Schellenberg are doing. The couple, graduates...

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Pennsylvania church gets a charge out of creation care

Jun 17, 2019 by

LANCASTER, Pa. — About 15 years ago, a Sunday school class discussion at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church led to an initiative that is still reverberating today. In the church’s parking lot, two new...

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Powell: More than caretakers

May 13, 2019 by

Some people think global warming is a hoax. Scientific evidence shows it is real. A November report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concluded we are headed toward disastrous climate change that we may...

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Dead fridge lives on, artistically

Apr 15, 2019 by

It had to happen eventually. The aged Kelvinator refrigerator that held the lunches of generations of journalists, typesetters and pressmen at Mennonite World Review fell silent and warm in 2015. As the solid...

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Kennel-Shank: One word: plastics

Aug 13, 2018 by

When the cafe worker offered me plastic cutlery with my to-go salad, I declined, thinking of the bamboo fork, spoon and knife in my backpack. Ditto for the straw with my iced tea; the travel set came with a...

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King: Chain saws and Earth

May 7, 2018 by

During maybe the latest spring since we moved to our current home in 1993, I worked on my chain saw, then riding mower. I learned about expertise and limits. I wondered about connections with Planet Earth as...

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Beekeepers learn about caring for creation, community

Mar 19, 2018 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Two co-workers at Mennonite Mission Network have discovered that even with a full-time “city job,” beekeeping is a great way to keep the boy on the farm. Several years ago, when former...

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Grow joy this Christmas

Nov 28, 2017 by

The Eternal God planted a garden in the east in Eden—a place of utter delight—and placed the man whom He had sculpted there. In this garden, He made the ground pregnant with life—bursting forth with...

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Care for the planet

Nov 20, 2017 by

Fire season in California was worse than ever. We packed a couple of bags with essentials. Chickens and the cats would have to fend for themselves if windswept fire blasted through our redwoods and homes....

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For God so loved the world

Sep 25, 2017 by

For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son… Like many of us, John 3:16 was the first verse that I memorized. In my early days as a Christian, it spoke to me of God’s love for me as an...

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A reflection on ‘Land Sunday’

Sep 12, 2017 by

Note: The “Season of Creation” is a contemporary liturgical and lectionary movement celebrated during the four Sundays in September prior to St. Francis of Assisi Day (Oct. 4). This ecumenical observance...

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Global leader?

Jul 3, 2017 by

Nations that flout international norms get a “rogue state” label. Now the United States is going rogue. By dropping out of the Paris climate-change accord, the U.S. joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only...

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Honoring God with environmental justice

Apr 26, 2017 by

If you look at Mennonite Church USA’s “What We Believe” section on its website, you will see these two priorities: stewardship and undoing racism. I believe that these two principles translate across...

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4 ways Christians can love the soil on Earth Day

Apr 20, 2017 by

Earth Day is a great time for Christians to show our love for God’s green earth. Of course, the challenge of loving the earth is knowing which part of the earth to love. There’s so much of it, after all...

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No more palms, please

Mar 29, 2017 by

Most Christians never question where the palms on Palm Sunday come from. It never occurred to me, until my first year pastoring, that someone had to get the palms (and order them well in advance). But as we...

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A view of heaven and earth

Mar 17, 2017 by

When I was a kid, I remember envisioning heaven as I sang hymns and praise songs at church. I remember it being a very bright, light-flooded expanse of space with gold floors, in which a huge group of people...

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Save the pigs and all of us

Mar 10, 2017 by

Some churches have the best locations. When I lived on the west coast I would gaze longingly at the sight of little churches with ocean views or in the heart of leafy green neighborhoods with fruit stands and...

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Watershed disciples reimagine the good life

Feb 27, 2017 by and

Todd Wynward of Taos, N.M., describes himself as “a serial social entrepreneur.” Licensed by Mountain States Mennonite Conference as a minister for watershed discipleship, he directs the Taos Initiative...

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Longhurst: Genesis 1 or 3?

Feb 13, 2017 by

Are we on the verge of a spiritual renewal in North America — a renewal that might save our planet? That’s the question that comes to me after reading about the pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Sioux...

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Opinion: Beyond climate argument

Jan 16, 2017 by

It is time for all neighbor-loving Christians to get on board with the movement to transition away from fossil fuels. To learn some reasons why, consider the words of Arnold Schwarz­enegger, a Catholic...

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The ‘great turning’

Jan 2, 2017 by

Thank you for your coverage of the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota (“Supporters Witness a Victory at Standing Rock,” Dec. 19). People are coming together around the world to peacefully...

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Opinion: At Standing Rock, God heard our cries for justice

Dec 19, 2016 by and

On the second Sunday of Advent, I was part of a historic celebration of the power of nonviolent resistance. At Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, thousands of voices cried out in America’s wilderness. Sunday,...

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