Book supports Plain abuse awareness

Feb 17, 2020 by

Jeanette Harder had not even received a printed copy of her new book when she learned 740 fresh-off-the-press copies had been handed out at a conference. Harder, co-founder of Dove’s Nest, authored For the...

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New York peace center doubles as a church plant

Feb 17, 2020 by and

The first rule of real estate can also be the first rule of church planting. But what is coming together in New York City under the working name “Brooklyn Peace Church” is built upon more than...

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‘Hope’ gathering stresses peace with justice

Feb 17, 2020 by and

DALLAS — Hope for the Future attendees celebrated the legacy of Stanley W. Green, one of the event’s original organizers, and discussed ways to press forward for peace and justice throughout the...

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Growing interest in Anabaptism spurs 3 new West African churches

Feb 10, 2020 by and

The sound of jubilant singing — “Yahweh, Yahweh” — ricocheted off the stucco walls of the Mennonite meetinghouse in Catel, Guinea-Bissau. Dressed in colorful, traditional West African attire,...

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Where does Villages fit in today’s fair-trade landscape?

Feb 10, 2020 by and

Although Ten Thousand Villages Canada is ceasing operations after years of declining sales, its fair-trade mission will continue in a variety of ways. Ten Thousand Villages Canada announced on Jan. 21 the...

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Book review: Liminal Sovereignty

Feb 10, 2020 by

This study of two minority religious communities in northern Mexico — Old Colony Mennonites and Mormon colonists — focuses on the accommodation of these groups by Mexican governmental officials and their...

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9,500 comforters warm the winter

Feb 10, 2020 by , and

With the whir of sewing machines, the snip of scissors and the hum of conversation as music to work by, volunteers across two continents completed 9,504 comforters as part of Mennonite Central Committee’s...

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Andres: Family dynamics

Feb 10, 2020 by

During the recent film awards season, The Farewell has garnered a lot of attention. A comedy-drama written and directed by Lulu Wang, the film centers around Chinese American Billi, who learns her grandmother...

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Bible: Forgive us our debts

Feb 10, 2020 by

In the Gospel of Matthew, the account of Jesus’ teaching on prayer is found right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount. One way to understand the sermon is to see it as a description of the character of...

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A call to prayer

Feb 10, 2020 by

In a time when many of us find ourselves off center in terms of national and international events and in terms of our relationships with our sisters and brothers, I am reminded of the late Walter Wink writing...

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Different gifts

Feb 10, 2020 by

I know Lucinda Kinsinger was making a good spiritual point in her Jan. 27 column, “I Made My Own Wedding Dress,” and good for her that she can sew. But let me come to the defense of those of us who do not...

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MC USA Executive Board extends lead time for resolutions

Feb 10, 2020 by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board revised the denomination’s policy for bringing resolutions to the national delegate assembly during a meeting Jan. 17-18. The revised guidelines...

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Issue was a new low

Feb 10, 2020 by

The Jan. 27 issue reached a new low. The same-sex marriage supported by First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., is not a “natural” step of inclusion. Quite the contrary. It is unnatural, against...

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Creamery scheme cost investors millions

Feb 10, 2020 by

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with fraud for targeting conservative Mennonites and Amish with a scheme that left nearly $60 million unpaid to investors in a Berks County creamery and investment...

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History: For periodicals, change is normal

Feb 10, 2020 by

Last year ended with the news that two Mennonite magazines — Mennonite Brethren Herald of the Canadian MB Conference and Beacon of the CMC, formerly Conservative Mennonite Conference — were ceasing...

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King: Proud to be an Okie

Feb 10, 2020 by

Actually, I’m not from Muskogee, Okla., where “we don’t smoke marijuana” and “even squares can have a ball,” as country singer Merle Haggard celebrated. Still I can imagine being from there as I...

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Beyond harm and loss

Feb 10, 2020 by

Words of apology and confession last month showed Mennonite Church USA has come a long way ­toward accepting LGBTQ people as equal members of the body of Christ. The apology came from Rebecca Stoltzfus,...

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U.N. Witness: ‘Beyond Vietnam’: what King taught us

Feb 10, 2020 by

On Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, I found myself in a worship service at Riverside Church in New York City, my skin tingling as I gazed at the pulpit where King delivered his controversial and groundbreaking...

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Look, these are God rocks

Feb 3, 2020 by

The conversation went something like this: Look at these stones, my children. These are God rocks. Because, you see, Yahweh God held back the waters of the Jordan River when it was overflowing its banks, and...

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MC USA policies harm LGBTQ people, report says

Jan 28, 2020 by

Statements of regret, confession and grief for harm done to LGBTQ people punctuate the report of the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group. Mennonite Church USA policies “have done violence to the...

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Group recommends retiring MC USA Membership Guidelines

Jan 28, 2020 by

A Mennonite Church USA advisory group is recommending “retiring” the denomination’s Membership Guidelines and adopting a “healing practice of nondiscrimination” regarding LGBTQ people. The...

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Nigerian Brethren ecumenical leader executed by Boko Haram

Jan 27, 2020 by

A Nigerian Church of the Brethren district secretary and ecumenical leader was executed by Boko Haram militants on Jan. 20, Church of the Brethren officials confirmed Jan. 21. Lawan Andimi served Ekklesiyar...

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Goshen College graduate to coach in Super Bowl

Jan 27, 2020 by and

As Katie Sowers prepares to make history as the first female and first openly gay person to coach in a Super Bowl, Goshen (Ind.) College has released a statement apologizing for discrimination she experienced...

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