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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Peace on Earth, goodwill to immigrants

Dec 26, 2017 by and

MANHEIM, Pa. — From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, about 525 people from 49 nations celebrated Christmas and cross-cultural friendship Dec. 3 at Mount Joy Mennonite Church’s third annual international Christmas...

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Powell: Welcome the unwanted

Dec 18, 2017 by

Can we really celebrate the birth of Christ? We are worn down by the horrors that have held us captive. Mass executions by gun violence, rampant discrimination and potential nuclear war have put us on edge....

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MCC Great Lakes expands immigration response

Jul 31, 2017 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — In the climate of fear and unrest surrounding immigration, Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes is welcoming neighbors in northern Indiana and Chicago. “I sense a hunger in local...

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Dear President Trump: Provoking God?

Mar 7, 2017 by

Dear President Trump: Lent is a season to reflect upon and repent of all in our lives that is out of sync. The Daily Lectionary readings for today are about provoking. The people provoke God to anger because...

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Kraybill: Sanctuary for Jesus’ grandmother

Feb 13, 2017 by

With anti-immigrant fever festering in countries of the Western world, I find inspiration driving on the King’s Highway into ancient Moab, east of the Dead Sea in modern Jordan. Here ancestors of David and...

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Last shall be first

Feb 13, 2017 by

The slogan “America first” may take various forms in the coming years, but hostility toward Muslim refugees and other immigrants has become an integral part of it. Acting quickly after taking office,...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Feb 6, 2017 by and

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus...

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Kriss: Immigrants are the church

Jan 2, 2017 by

Soong Chan Rah’s The Next Christendom points out that most immigrants to the United States are already Christian. This ongoing influx of Christians bolsters our churches and keeps an abundant percentage of...

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Yard signs say all neighbors welcome

Dec 27, 2016 by and

Watching an early U.S. presidential primary debate, Matthew Bucher disliked what he heard about refugees and asylum-seekers. As the pastor of Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va., he thought of a...

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San Antonio church finds room for refugee influx

Dec 12, 2016 by and

One week into Advent, San Antonio Mennonite Church tore down its Christmas decorations to make room for the real thing. Hundreds of women and children unexpectedly discharged from immigrant detention...

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Walking with the ghosts of El Camino

Aug 31, 2016 by

What does it mean to practice solidarity, to become a neighbor, to exchange hospitality? As a white U.S. citizen engaged in immigrant justice work, my reflections on these difficult questions are constantly...

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Churches in Germany help refugees find Jesus

Feb 10, 2016 by and

NEUWIED, Germany — The leader of MB Mission’s Oasis team had never seen anything like it before: a large crowd of Arabic speakers responding to the gospel in Germany. “I saw the Holy Spirit like an...

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Doukhobor wisdom

Aug 17, 2015 by

For Mennonites on the Canadian prairies, the late 19th century is a significant time. That’s when the first wave of Mennonite immigrants came to Manitoba. But they weren’t the only pacifist group to come...

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