What will we do about environmental crisis?

Jul 29, 2020 by

Our environmental crisis is obvious. Ice melt, sea level rise, stronger storms, and heat waves are proof. People in the Global South suffer most through desert­ification in Central Africa and severe flooding...

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Powell: Poverty, pollution: a toxic mix

Oct 28, 2019 by

Media and public opinion have made us aware of the environmental racism in Flint, Mich. Under the management of the state, the drinking water source was changed to a cheaper supply. More than 100,000...

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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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Fresh ideas

Feb 4, 2019 by

Regarding Paul Schrag’s request for greater diversity from folks who write letters to MWR, I have enjoyed reading the Letters & Comments ever since a cousin bought me a subscription years back. It was a...

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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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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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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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Opinion: Bible says Earth is happy under certain conditions — and these aren’t it

Oct 12, 2015 by

Why should I care for the environment? A lot of Christians are asking that question, either out loud or in their hearts. We know it’s the right thing to do, but what’s a Christ-centered...

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Is pacifism enough?

Aug 31, 2015 by

There is a small village called Gangjeong on South Korea’s Jeju Island, the largest island of Korea. The island is in the middle of China and Japan. Every year more than 10 million tourists visit this...

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Finding God’s presence within the decay

Aug 17, 2015 by

More than a few people are surprised that I genuinely love working with compost. Sure, it smells bad sometimes and is occasionally slimy when it gets out of balance. But I enjoy being part of creating fresh,...

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Why Pope Francis’ climate encyclical matters

Jun 22, 2015 by

Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical came out June 18, and there are many reasons for hope. It’s encouraging to see a such a high-profile Christian leader taking a strong stand on both ecological issues...

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Where are you, church?

Apr 23, 2015 by

As our Canadian society becomes increasingly secular, I have been thinking that people have disregarded the church. However, this assumption has been challenged for me. This spring I have been asked to...

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An open letter to the president for Earth Day

Apr 21, 2015 by

Dear President Obama, I hear that you’ll be coming to my neighborhood April 22 for Earth Day. Thank you so much for coming. If you want to stop by for coffee or lunch, I’d love to have you! I lived in the...

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Never be afraid of what is right

Jan 19, 2015 by

Martin Luther King Day, which commemorates King’s birthday, is one of those days that I think should be celebrated throughout the world. It is a day used to promote equal rights for all Americans, though I...

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EMU announces significant solar expansion

Dec 22, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand...

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Don’t throw in the towel on politics yet

Nov 4, 2014 by

There are plenty of reasons for cynicism or disillusionment with government in general, and electoral politics in particular. However, before throwing in the towel, I recommend reading, “Ten Things You...

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Earth preservers

Jun 23, 2014 by

Though we have sung “this world is not my home,” it’s what we have for now, and others will inherit it when we are gone. Keeping the house in good repair — or, by now, limiting the damage — is our...

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All-consuming attitudes

May 26, 2014 by

North Americans have cultivated an attitude of disregard for our own habitat. We drive the most. We live in the biggest houses. We create the most waste. People who go against the norms stand out as odd at...

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Music conference to celebrate the environment

Apr 14, 2014 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — Conrad Grebel University College is well into preparations for the third in a series of music festival-conferences June 5-8. “Sound in the Land 2014: Music and the Environment (Discovering...

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