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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Vote with every bite

Dec 19, 2016 by

I hope every individual claiming faith in God and the Bible would agree that God cares not only about the lowliest of people but also the little creatures creating nutrition we depend on. This hits...

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Supporters witness a victory at Standing Rock

Dec 19, 2016 by and

Representatives from Mennonite Central Committee were present Dec. 4 at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest when the word spread that the “water protectors” had won a...

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Vt., N.M. churches get Creation Care funds for solar power

Dec 5, 2016 by

The Mennonite Creation Care Network has awarded two solar grants from the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund. Taftsville (Vt.) Chapel Mennonite Fellowship will receive $10,000 and Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite...

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What Christians can learn from Standing Rock

Oct 20, 2016 by

If the Old Testament prophet Isaiah lived in northern New Mexico in 1970 when the indigenous people of Taos Pueblo succeeded in their 60-year struggle to reclaim their sacred Blue Lake from the U.S....

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Shame isn’t always a bad thing

Sep 27, 2016 by

My parents were pretty effective in correcting their nine children by using frequent verbal reprimands, even the occasional “Shem dich!” (Pennsylvania German equivalent of “Shame on you”). They mostly...

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MCC Central States statement on Dakota Access Pipeline

Sep 1, 2016 by and

“But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” — Amos 5:24 Mennonite Central Committee Central States stands with the people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and...

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Virginians put a charge into creation care

Aug 29, 2016 by and

Huntington Mennonite Church in Newport News, Va., is home to four electric car-charging stations, thanks to a member with a passion for creation care who wants to see other congregations take on similar...

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What kind of ark should we build?

Jul 7, 2016 by

“God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.” — Genesis 6:11 NLT According to the Biblical account in Genesis, it took Noah 120 years to build the original ark, one...

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Can we change the climate?

Jun 7, 2016 by

We humans have always been fascinated by the possibility of changing the weather. Nearly every ancient civilization had weather gods — the Romans, Greeks, Aztecs, Maori and Canaanites. Sacrifices were...

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God’s rising water

Jan 4, 2016 by and

The prophet Ezekiel went on an expedition down a river. This was no ordinary watercourse. It didn’t spring from the usual sources but flowed from the temple of God. In Ezekiel 47, the prophet and his guide...

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Creation care and incarnation

Dec 30, 2015 by

Emmanuel. God with us. Really. In the flesh. The incarnation means that in the most real and concrete way, God is connected to the physical reality of this planet. God has inhabited a human body with skin,...

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Goshen College president attends White House climate day

Dec 7, 2015 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — By invitation, Goshen College President Jim Brenneman took part in a higher education climate roundtable discussion Nov. 19 at the White House, as part of the American Campuses Act on Climate...

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‘Humus beings’ — wordplay or clue to our origin?

Oct 19, 2015 by

I have always had a fascination with words, languages, wordplays and puns. So it probably wouldn’t surprise you if I told you that I would often say “humus beings” rather than “human beings.” Little...

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