Longhurst: Genesis 1 or 3?

Feb 13, 2017 by

Are we on the verge of a spiritual renewal in North America — a renewal that might save our planet? That’s the question that comes to me after reading about the pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Sioux...

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Who owns the land?

Feb 13, 2017 by

The last sentence in “Hopi School Administrator Expelled from Reservation” (Jan. 16) quoted Karen Pennington, an attorney for the Hopi tribal council, about the land on which the Hopi Mission School...

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Better results today?

Jan 16, 2017 by

When Mennonite settlers arrived in South Dakota and other parts of the Midwest around 1874, the land offered to immigrants by railroad agents was available because the Indians had been displaced from it. The...

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The ‘great turning’

Jan 2, 2017 by

Thank you for your coverage of the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota (“Supporters Witness a Victory at Standing Rock,” Dec. 19). People are coming together around the world to peacefully...

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Opinion: At Standing Rock, God heard our cries for justice

Dec 19, 2016 by and

On the second Sunday of Advent, I was part of a historic celebration of the power of nonviolent resistance. At Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, thousands of voices cried out in America’s wilderness. Sunday,...

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Supporters witness a victory at Standing Rock

Dec 19, 2016 by and

Representatives from Mennonite Central Committee were present Dec. 4 at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest when the word spread that the “water protectors” had won a...

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Opinion: If you doubt, be a witness

Nov 21, 2016 by and

Runners don’t improve by sitting around and talking about the sport. They get better by running. If you doubt that you can finish a five-kilometer race, the only way to find out is to try it. In September...

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What Christians can learn from Standing Rock

Oct 20, 2016 by

If the Old Testament prophet Isaiah lived in northern New Mexico in 1970 when the indigenous people of Taos Pueblo succeeded in their 60-year struggle to reclaim their sacred Blue Lake from the U.S....

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Commentary: Native voices still strong

Oct 17, 2016 by and

CLINTON, Okla. — On Oct. 8, mainstream communities in the U.S. were preparing to usher in Columbus Day, a noncelebration for Native people. In North Dakota, the Standing Rock standoff continued on the land...

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MCC Central States statement on Dakota Access Pipeline

Sep 1, 2016 by and

“But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” — Amos 5:24 Mennonite Central Committee Central States stands with the people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and...

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Serving with Choctaw, couple have seen prejudice, progress

Aug 1, 2016 by and

MERIDIAN, Miss. — A bullet tore through the home of Glenn and Emma Myers. It punctured the frame of a bed set against an outside wall. The shooting happened in 1967 in Philadelphia, the heart of civil-rights...

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Under the sky

Jul 20, 2016 by

I spent 13 or so hours this past week driving under the summer prairie sky. Saskatoon was the location of our Mennonite national church’s biennial gathering, which I combined with a visit with my brother...

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Group steps up an effort to discredit oppressive doctrine

May 23, 2016 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. The DoD is a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian...

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Book review: ‘Magpie’s Blanket’

May 9, 2016 by

The novel Magpie’s Blanket begins this way: “The sky swallowed the sun, wrapping the yellow orb’s brilliance in moody, slate-colored tones, pressing it down close to the earth and preventing it from...

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CMU squashes false tale with story of growing relations

Nov 23, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Canadian Mennonite University made headlines this fall when it was revealed that workers at the CMU Farm, in collaboration with members of the Métis community, had successfully grown an...

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Refuting false doctrine during Thanksgiving season

Nov 23, 2015 by and

Thanksgiving’s roots in an encounter between European settlers and indigenous people point to a dark side of that history. Mennonites who want to raise awareness of unjust treatment of indigenous people are...

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Pacifist policing and proactive discipleship

Sep 14, 2015 by

Felix Manz needs no introduction. Nearly 500 years after he was martyred in Zurich, his legacy is arguably the most enduring in Anabaptist/Mennonite history. Milton Whiteman, meanwhile, needs to be made known....

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Restoring a way of life after Katrina

Sep 8, 2015 by and

GRAND BAYOU, La. — Ruby Ancar picks up a teddy bear mailed to her by a Mennonite child a few months after Hurricane Ka­trina devastated her home in the southernmost region of Plaquemines Parish. “She was...

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Looking back to colonization, and forward to justice and peace

Jul 30, 2015 by

Looking back to the Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., I am glad that the opening ceremony started with indigenous music, a reconciliation song. A recount of the taking of the lands by European...

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No quick fix to cleanse this stain

Jul 7, 2015 by

Over the past number of months, people in the U.S. have been confronting the issue of racism and violence against African-Americans. Police shootings in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, and now the church...

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Peacebuilder missing, feared murdered

Jun 22, 2015 by and

An Indigenous tribal representative opposing corporate logging on ancestral land in the Philippines was murdered April 30, according to his fellow tribesmen. Prior to his disappearance on that date, John...

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Indigenous witness

Jan 5, 2015 by

On Nov. 16, 1885, Louis Riel, a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of western Canada, was executed in Regina, Sask., on the charge of treason. Riel had sought to preserve the rights and...

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Churches repudiate ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

Sep 29, 2014 by

SAN FRANCISCO — Church leaders from across the U.S. and Canada strategized about engaging the Mennonite church in the ecumenical effort to dismantle the “Doctrine of Discovery” Aug. 21-22. First...

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Sacred fire to burn at Native Assembly

Jul 7, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — For thousands of years, Indigenous people from across Turtle Island regularly gathered where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet in Winnipeg. On July 28-31, North Americans from diverse...

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The gift of Jesus is for giving

Mar 25, 2014 by

This past weekend, we were privileged to have Cheryl Bear from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation community in northern British Columbia as a special guest here in Lethbridge at both our Mennonite Church...

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