Congolese immigrants bring gift of bold faith

Oct 7, 2019 by and

For about 15 years, Christians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, including those with roots in the Mennonite Brethren church, have been immigrating to the United States, forming congregations and reaching...

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Migrant kits energize givers, amaze border volunteers

Sep 16, 2019 by and

The most valuable item included in immigration detainee kits distributed by Mennonite Central Committee Central States never passes through the hands of volunteers doing the sorting and packing. For the...

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Ancient bones, new flesh

Sep 16, 2019 by

It’s been said that those who write the hymns need not care who writes the creeds. Hymns shape churchgoers’ beliefs far more than sermons or Confessions of Faith. Thus the stakes are high for the Voices...

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God’s presence needs us

Sep 2, 2019 by

While bad news spurs some people to action, it is just as likely to make us feel helpless. But if you think there is nothing you can do, you are wrong. The Associated Press reported Aug. 21 that the Trump...

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Powell: Our common destiny

Aug 5, 2019 by

“Change Gonna Come” was one of the staple songs during the Civil Rights era. Immigrants who came to America found the change they were looking for. Now newly arriving immigrants are discovering our society...

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Delegates approve “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants”

Jul 8, 2019 by , , and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 6 passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants.” A group of delegates initiated the statement during the convention, collecting...

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Religious leaders statement on child deaths in detention

Jun 7, 2019 by

Joining an ecumenical and interfaith coalition effort, Mennonite Church USA executive director Glen Guyton recently signed on to the Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention. Convened by...

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Washington Witness: Wall or refuge?

May 27, 2019 by

The number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has risen sharply in recent months. Previously the majority apprehended at our southern border were single adults seeking work. Now, more than 60...

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Reflections from the South Texas Borderland Tour

May 16, 2019 by

Kathy Neufeld Dunn joined others from Western District Conference on a borderlands learning tour May 6-10 sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Central States and supported by the WDC Immigration Task...

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Justice on the journey: migration

May 8, 2019 by

There is a lot of information out there about the varied issues that lead to human mobility. Among them we find climate change that modifies the environment, empires and world powers that produce more wealth...

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MWC celebrates ‘borderless faith’

Apr 22, 2019 by , and

SAN RAFAEL DE HEREDIA, Costa Rica — Building on five centuries of Anabaptists being on the move for a variety of reasons, this year’s Mennonite World Conference Renewal 2027 event in Costa Rica focused on...

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Land of the Kanza

Mar 4, 2019 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Until a retired Mennonite pastor came along, Kanza tribal records indicated it had never happened before. No landowner had ever given something back to the Kanza people, also known as...

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Gospel of conquest

Mar 4, 2019 by

The gospel of conquest goes by many names: Manifest Destiny. White supremacy. American exceptionalism. Within the past several years, Mennonites have learned to know it as the Doctrine of Discovery. As we have...

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Immigrants find refuge in Texas congregations

Sep 17, 2018 by and

DALLAS and HOUSTON — When her extended family lost their business in Guatemala because of gang extortion, Bony traveled across Mexico to the Rio Grande River with her 3-year-old daughter, Mily. To evade...

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Mennonites caught up in massive immigration raid

Sep 17, 2018 by and

Members of Mennonite churches were among more than a hundred workers arrested in August in what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls one of its biggest operations in the last decade. Die...

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With a leap, children learn new language

Jul 16, 2018 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster educators know refugee resettlement isn’t just about offering a new home but also helping refugees navigate the years of readjustment ahead of them. That’s why four local...

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Powell: Inhumane separation

Jul 16, 2018 by

The Statue of Liberty greeted immigrant arrivals in the United States beginning in 1886. Many of our white ancestors saw this quote emblazoned on Ms. Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled...

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Twisted Scripture

Jul 2, 2018 by

To the horror of Christians and resigned shrugs of fatigued non-Christians, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible. He quoted Scripture to justify ripping families apart by separating...

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MCC boosts immigration work with churches

Jul 2, 2018 by and

As the U.S. government increases immigration enforcement, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. has been expanding its legal training and resources for immigrants and their advocates. People living in the U.S....

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The face of Jesus on the border

Jun 29, 2018 by

I had just completed a week-long Mennonite Central Committee-sponsored learning tour alongside nine other writers and artists in and around Tucson and the border wall that divides Doug­las, Ariz., from Agua...

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Love for lawbreakers: Reading Romans 13 with Romans 5

Jun 27, 2018 by

I had taken a vacation from the news for a couple weeks, but I couldn’t help but notice all the discussion in my Facebook feed about immigrants being separated from their children. Everybody seems to have...

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Immigration injustices aren’t new

Jun 26, 2018 by

I clearly remember that cold winter morning in January 2007. I arrived at the airport at 3:30 a.m. to report for my job, as a supervisor for a major airline in Brownsville, Texas. I walked to the ticket...

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We need cities of refuge, not border walls

Jun 20, 2018 by

There was one picture in the Bible story book we had at home that struck special fear in me as a child. It showed the sheer terror in the face of a man fleeing for his life to a city of refuge, his avenger in...

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Yoder-Short: Privilege closes our eyes to the real story

Jun 4, 2018 by

The community Good Friday service is going as usual. Teenagers are sharing on the last words of Christ. We’re ready for the phrase, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” “A...

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Kraybill: Awaiting an earthquake in Indiana?

Jan 15, 2018 by

In the name of Jesus, Paul and Silas healed a slave girl at Philippi whose owners exploited her for money as a fortune-teller (Acts 16). When the owners “saw that their hope of making money was gone, they...

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