MC USA seeks Spirit-filled revival

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The executive director sang a ’90s grunge rock song. A Bible study on Ephesians packed enough input for a month of Sundays. Teenagers and adults worshiped together with traditional hymns...

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Kriss: What does it mean to be Anabaptist?

Jun 10, 2019 by

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s recent research expanded the pool of groups included under the Anabaptist umbrella. The Community of Christ has moved toward declaring itself a peace church....

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You’ve got a friend in PA

May 29, 2019 by

A core concept of social psychology is the idea that people negotiate their identities depending on their contexts. While you are always, in some ways, yourself, some parts of your identity are emphasized and...

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Bible: From fire to favor

Jan 1, 2018 by

Dan. 1:8-21 centers on dietary practices as markers of identity. The opening chapter of the book introduces Daniel and his companions in exile and sets up the challenges they will face, trying to live...

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Andres: Longing for rescue

Jan 1, 2018 by

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is a fascinating documentary that alternates between a contemporary interview with actor Jim Carrey and behind-the-scenes footage from the 1999 film Man on the Moon, in which...

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Showalter: Searching for identity

Dec 18, 2017 by

The global rise of nationalism, often in the form of populism, is astonishing in its variety and extent. There seems scarcely a nation unaffected. Perhaps a good way to understand it is as a massive human...

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Who am I?

Feb 27, 2017 by

There is one question that has haunted me for as long as I can remember: Who am I? Recently I had lunch with a good friend. After lunch we walked around the neighborhood he grew up in. It was mesmerizing to...

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Not who we are

Feb 1, 2017 by

The shooting at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people has been on many of our minds over the past few days. There has been the predictable outpouring of support and outrage on social media. There have...

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Like the first syllable of ‘shitake’

Aug 29, 2016 by

What would it take to make the Apostle Paul cussing mad? Fellow Jews or Christians maintaining barriers that kept others from full acceptance in the faith community — that would do it. Harsh language about...

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Dear church: Be a place that embraces

Sep 2, 2015 by

I entered Elizabethtown (Pa.) Mennonite Church on Aug. 27 with trepidation, unsure of how the “Listening and Vision Casting” meeting process would unfold or how comfortable I would feel speaking...

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Seminars help teens think about identity, faith, future

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Among a variety of topics covered by more than 100 youth seminars, many of the most popular ones sought to help teens think about identity. Brenda Yoder, an educator and counselor in...

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Opinion: It’s good to be nobody

Jun 8, 2015 by

Amos Hershey Leaman was the first Mennonite at Chicago Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1915, smitten by the vision of good, white Protestants. They taught immigrants, went into cities, spoke out on...

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MB youth challenged to consider their identity

May 11, 2015 by

DENVER — Every four years, high school students from Mennonite Brethren churches across the country get together for the largest gathering of Mennonite Brethren in the United States. This year, 780 students...

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Knowing my identity for the sake of my kids

Apr 17, 2015 by

I have middle school-aged children now. My daughter has just finished her first year and my son will start in the fall. This baffles me, for it seems like just yesterday I was the one in middle school worrying...

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Don’t throw your womanhood on the backburner

Oct 31, 2014 by

I am learning to bring all of myself to my work. For a long time I thought I had to chop myself into pieces in order to be understood. I thought separating my womanhood from my blackness was the only way I...

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Near Mennonite: Who’s in or out, and why?

Oct 24, 2014 by

At the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of going to “Ex-Mennonite, Near Mennonite: Liturgical, Non-denominational, Secular,” a conference hosted by the chair in Mennonite Studies at the...

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Can we share global vitality?

Sep 8, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — As U.S. Anabaptists prepare to host the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Pennsylvania next July, a new survey sheds light on the strengths and challenges of Mennonite Church USA’s...

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AMBS speaker offers call to look, love, serve like Jesus

May 12, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Greg Boyd repeatedly called listeners to “look like Jesus, love like Jesus, serve like Jesus” during his visit April 24-25 to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Boyd, a best-selling...

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