Left of center

Dec 19, 2016 by

I think John Powell is a fine man, and my disagreement is in Christian friendliness. It’s ironic that his column is titled “A View from the Center.” He is no more a centrist than Hillary Clinton or...

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Bible: Celebrate creation and Creator

Dec 19, 2016 by

“Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy!” Our texts for the five Sundays in January are psalms. The one theme that holds these five psalms together is praise for some aspect of creation —...

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Violence comes to church’s doorstep in Congo

Dec 19, 2016 by , and

Sunday morning, Dec. 4, soldiers grabbed a Mennonite pastor as he stepped from his house at the headquarters of the Mennonite Church of Congo in Tshikapa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The pastor, whose name...

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Embrace the darkness

Dec 19, 2016 by

Hens lose their egg-laying gusto as the days get shorter. Rather than offer a winter respite to her flock, my wife chose brainwashing over relief. Already in October she festooned the chicken run with...

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Washington Witness: Votes reveal divisions

Dec 19, 2016 by

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile...

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Watson: I’ll take the pat-down

Dec 19, 2016 by

I am slow going through airport security. I tend to hold up the line. Confuse other passengers. Disrupt the TSA agents. That is because I always decline the full-body scanning machines in favor of a pat-down....

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Double standard

Dec 19, 2016 by

Since Dale Welty’s false allegations about Hillary Clinton (Letters & Comments, Dec. 5) likely represent the views of more than one Mennonite, they suggest the need for a collective apology and...

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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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History: Stones of remembrance

Dec 19, 2016 by

I had my apple strudel and coffee — not to be missed if you’re visiting Innsbruck, Austria — in a café along Maria Theresa Street. I read again the brass plaque marking the 1536 execution of Jacob...

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King: ‘A treaty between your love and mine’

Dec 19, 2016 by

In distress, my daughter who loves the music of Leonard Cohen phoned us just after the U.S. elections. Cohen, she said, was dead. I was reminded of the prior Sunday when Cohen’s just-released “Treaty”...

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Lessons from legacies

Dec 19, 2016 by

Remembering famous people who have died marks a rite of passage from one year to the next. At MWR we follow this tradition too, believing obituaries are among the most important news. This year’s list of...

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Book review: ‘Enchantment and Despair’

Dec 19, 2016 by

The writer Flannery O’Connor once said, “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days. If you can’t make something out of a little experience,...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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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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Students, faculty seek protections for undocumented FPU students

Dec 19, 2016 by and

A petition signed by hundreds of Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University faculty, students and alumni asks President Richard Kriegbaum to publicly pledge to protect undocumented students. The petition was created...

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Canadian MB leader leaves post

Dec 19, 2016 by

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Executive Board announced on Nov. 25 that executive director Willy Reimer was leaving his position, effective immediately. A CCMBC release stated the...

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San Antonio church finds room for refugee influx

Dec 12, 2016 by and

One week into Advent, San Antonio Mennonite Church tore down its Christmas decorations to make room for the real thing. Hundreds of women and children unexpectedly discharged from immigrant detention...

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Mission-minded church leaders from 20 nations gather in Germany

Dec 12, 2016 by and

BONN, Germany — The International Missions Association has no members from Europe, but that was no obstacle to Germany hosting the organization’s annual gathering and outreach efforts. “In addition to...

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Portrait of global Anabaptism

Dec 12, 2016 by and

Results of a Mennonite World Conference survey of 24 member conferences show the church is growing and the gospel is spreading, primarily in the Global South. Many observers already knew MWC’s growth is...

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