Quakers, Catholics share a call to protect our common home

Jun 26, 2020 by , and

The phrase “love thy neighbor” captures a call to see our shared humanity with a call to action. As Jesus taught, we should understand “neighbor” broadly to include the historically forgotten. Quakers...

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‘Tempestry Project’ adds color to climate data

Apr 6, 2020 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The knitted scarves accumulating at Bethel College Mennonite Church were not abandoned there because of rising temperatures. Instead, they are illustrating them. Featuring a row of yarn...

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Mennonites helped turn Paraguay into a mega beef producer — indigenous people may pay the price

Mar 30, 2020 by

The “new Panama Canal” — that’s how some are hailing a highway now under construction in South America that spans the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The Bi-Oceanic Corridor cuts through...

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Kennel-Shank: Add refuse to 3 Rs

Feb 24, 2020 by

The issue is stark: Pollution from plastics and other waste is harming all creatures, all over the world. It is affecting human health, from residents of the wealthiest countries to children living near scrap...

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Primaries, presidents, principles

Jan 27, 2020 by

Twelve years ago, I was excited for Barack Obama’s leadership. But he bitterly disappointed me. He deported over 3 million people, more than the previous three presidents combined. He took only token steps...

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Cleaning out the barn

Jan 13, 2020 by

Politics is kind of like manure. If we tell ourselves we can avoid being political, it piles up in our barns, creates a stink and makes the animals sick. Political interactions are a normal part of everything...

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Immorality of Trumpism killing our planet

Nov 11, 2019 by

Stoesz bravely points out that “the moral darkness of Trumpism . . . is seasoned with unsavory ingredients of immorality, race-hating, mistreatment of children, greed and lawlessness” and notes the anomaly...

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Room in the middle

Nov 11, 2019 by

The candidate’s photo seemed irrefutable evidence. A neatly trimmed, white beard hugged the jawline, never close to the upper or lower lip. He had to be Mennonite. After running for Congress last year in the...

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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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Yoder-Short: Creation still groans

Oct 28, 2019 by

I’ve heard creation care is a liberal agenda that puts its concerns ahead of national well-being. This got me wondering: Was Paul labeled an eco-freak when he heard creation groaning (Rom. 8:22)? We often...

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Climate change our defining challenge

Sep 23, 2019 by , and

As youth marched in the climate strike last week and United Nations leaders discuss climate change at their summit in New York, the climate crisis is already here. Storms are becoming more powerful, and...

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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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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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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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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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Sexual abuse among plain groups’ concerns

Mar 28, 2016 by and

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — If plain communities don’t deal with sexual abuse among them, the state will step in to deal with the problem, and some freedoms may be lost. That was Chester Weaver’s sober message...

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