EMM workers return to West Africa after Ebola crisis

Feb 16, 2015 by and

SALUNGA, Pa. — Four and a half months after leaving West Africa because of safety concerns connected to the Ebola crisis, a team of workers from Eastern Mennonite Missions is returning to their...

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Race, power and diversity

Feb 16, 2015 by , , and

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Understanding how power works in Mennonite institutions was the theme of “Hope for the Future IV” Jan. 23-24 at Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvación. The event gathers people of color...

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Opinion: An army of peacemakers

Feb 16, 2015 by and

Why not quadruple the size of Christian Peacemaker Teams? Actually, I’d like to see CPT increase a hundredfold. And there are reasons to think the time is right. Over the last several decades, there have...

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Discrimination complaint settled

Feb 16, 2015 by and

A Mennonite couple in Iowa who declined to host a gay wedding at their business have reached a settlement to dismiss discrimination litigation. To avoid further controversy, they will no longer pursue business...

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Left behind in the Soviet Union

Feb 16, 2015 by

North American Anabaptists might skim the surface of refugees’ plight by watching the news from their easy chairs. A Strong Frailty peels away this safe and comfortable distance. Katie Funk Wiebe plunges...

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Locking up mothers and children

Feb 16, 2015 by

“I cannot watch the boy die,” said Hagar as she left her son, Ishmael, under a bush (Gen. 21:16). They had been exiled and were wandering in the wilderness in search of a safe, new home. They had run out...

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100,000,000 books sold

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Choice Books added contact information to its books, sold on small stands in stores across the country, letters began pouring in. Simon Schrock, executive director of the largest distributor of Choice...

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Authority unsettled

Feb 16, 2015 by

In preparation for the merger of the General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church, the 1999 proposed Membership Guidelines had statements giving congregations authority in regard to members as part...

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300-year-old prayers still resonate

Feb 16, 2015 by

From what resources can we draw in the current vigorous conversations across the church? How about prayer? Here are two that might be useful. They are prayers drawn from Die Ernst­hafte Christien­pflicht,...

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MCC flooding response unites former enemies

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Cornelius and Shauna Frantz of Pittsburgh came to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013, they expected to work with people who had experienced trauma during the country’s 1990s civil war. They...

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The stay-with-us Spirit

Feb 16, 2015 by

Our theme for March is the Holy Spirit as the pledge of God’s presence. For many of us, the terms “spirit” or “holy spirit” may seem vague, cloudy and somewhat mysterious. How can we hold on to...

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Plain poetry

Feb 16, 2015 by

Scores of Mennonite writers, poets, scholars and lovers of literature will gather at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University in March for the seventh “Mennonite/s Writing Conference.” During the past several...

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The future of unity

Feb 16, 2015 by

Uniting the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church seemed like a good idea 20 years ago. And it still does, though the shine has tarnished. Losses have been greater than expected. The hope of...

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Bethel talks focus on crime, race

Feb 16, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Charles Epp, professor of public affairs and administration at the University of Kansas, came back to his alma mater, Bethel College, to give presentations Feb. 8-9 on police treatment...

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Chance meeting unites worlds

Feb 16, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Levi Zook stopped in his tracks when Tony Brown greeted him in Pennsylvania Dutch on a train bound for Albuquerque, N.M. Zook, an Amish man from New Holland, Pa., likely never expected to...

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Too safe for faith?

Feb 16, 2015 by

I ran across an article exploring why the era of kids’ adventure movies like E.T. and The Goonies is over. Similar modern films “just haven’t caught fire the way they once did,” writes Lisa Risra at...

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Renewal from within

Feb 16, 2015 by

I am disappointed to hear of groups leaving Mennonite Church USA. Every individual, congregation, conference, denomination and renewal group falls short in some way. If not now, they will in the future. In...

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Scripture warns us

Feb 16, 2015 by

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “gay” has been in use since about the 14th century and in a good way, but as used for homosexuality only since 1953. This sounds like identity theft. Abraham...

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Harmony is hard to shake

Feb 16, 2015 by

While often called a humble people, Mennonites take pride in four-part hymn singing. Some even cringe at the thought of contemporary praise songs. But more and more are rejecting hymns, believing them to be...

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Across 90 years, a call for unity

Feb 9, 2015 by and

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A plea from C. Henry Smith to the Mennonite church 90 years ago remains relevant today, according to the author of a forthcoming book about the Mennonite historian. After World War I, Smith...

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What are Anabaptists becoming?

Feb 9, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Pastors Week participants at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary pondered metaphors of rhizomes, a flame, a midwife and mestizos as they heard challenges to trust God more fully and to...

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Committee: No structural solution to MC USA tensions

Feb 4, 2015 by and

The idea that major structural change might help Mennonite Church USA resolve its conflicts has been tested and dropped. Instead, delegates at this summer’s convention will turn their attention to polity, or...

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Believers baptism churches meet

Feb 2, 2015 by

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the first time, representatives of six churches that practice believers baptism gathered to discuss mutual recognition of baptism and Christian unity. At the consultation, held Jan....

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