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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NYC moderator denied re-entry to U.S. from Honduras

Jul 8, 2019 by and

The moderator of the New York City Council of Mennonite Churches was denied re-entry into the United States on April 11 and has been working at local ministry in Honduras since that time. Omar Guzman, pastor...

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A story told twice

Jul 8, 2019 by and

In the 10th-floor conference room of the Church Center for the United Nations, Romelia Tenezaca’s story entered the air line by line, first in Spanish and second in English. Ben Clark, family network...

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Delegates expand youth involvement, receive resolution on “abuse of child migrants”

Jul 5, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Youth gained a larger voice in Mennonite Church USA decisions July 5 as delegates approved a bylaw change allowing more 16- to 21-year-olds as voting delegates. Congregations may now...

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Book review: The God Who Sees

May 27, 2019 by

This winter, as I read Karen González’s excellent new book on immigration, troubling news continued to unfold about events at the United States’ southern border. Governmental policy, fueled by xenophobic...

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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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God multiplies our efforts

Feb 6, 2019 by and

“The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail” I Kings 17:14. Ana Hinojosa remembers growing up on the Texas-Mexico border near Brownsville in the late 1980s. Her family’s house...

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Transformed by angels

Jan 7, 2019 by

Of the many dangers, challenges and reasons not to become a sanctuary congregation, pastors of such churches say in interviews that potential legal ramifications seem to worry them least of all. Yes, there is...

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Germantown becomes sanctuary

Dec 28, 2018 by and

Another congregation has joined the ranks of Mennonite churches publicly giving sanctuary to individuals facing U.S. deportation orders. Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia welcomed Carmela Apolonio...

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German-Americans and World War I: A cautionary tale

Dec 26, 2018 by

My great uncle, Henry A. Reimer, was nearly lynched during World War I. He was a German-speaking immigrant from Russia living in Collinsville, Okla., and had been arrested and jailed on suspicions he was...

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Kriss: Once we were the ones who knocked

Dec 17, 2018 by

This is the great seriousness of the Advent message and its great blessing. Christ stands at the door. He lives in the form of people around us. Will you therefore leave the door locked for your protection, or...

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Book review: ‘Love Undocumented’

Nov 19, 2018 by

Immigration has shaped nearly every epoch of U.S. history. Americans are a nation of people who have left one place in order to arrive in a new world. With the rise of the Trump administration, however, the...

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One year in: A Sanctuary reflection

Nov 14, 2018 by

Oct. 2 was the one year anniversary of Edith in Sanctuary in our Columbus Mennonite Church building. The press continues to tell her story sympathetically, like THIS article in The Guardian, and THIS one in...

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Hutterite heirloom seeds – A harvest of memories

Nov 7, 2018 by

“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night” (Gen. 8:22). On a Hutterite colony, typically one couple is in charge of the vegetable...

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Washington Witness: Today’s scapegoats

Oct 22, 2018 by

We have a long history in the United States of blaming immigrants — whether German, Irish, Catholic, Chinese or, more recently, Hispanic and Muslim — for society’s ills. Immigrants are called criminal...

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Reflections on Ukraine: Can it happen again?

Oct 17, 2018 by

Women in Odessa, Kherson, Zaporozhe, Dnipro and Kiev adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been...

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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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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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Texans assist undocumented immigrant families

Jun 26, 2018 by and

Two Mennonite pastors who have been working with immigrants were among the first to respond to the reports of migrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Lupe Aguilar, a regional conference...

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