Workers seek to improve interfaith engagement

Mar 27, 2017 by and

AKRON, Pa. — As religious hostility, Islamophobia and anti-Semitic acts surge, a group of interfaith, peacemaking and mission workers from six Anabaptist agencies met to explore ways to improve interfaith...

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Our Muslim neighbors

Feb 1, 2016 by

When we talk about living in peace with Muslims, some Christians become uneasy. They reason that because Islam and Christianity have such differences, true peace isn’t possible. Yet a call to live in peace...

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We come in peace

Feb 1, 2016 by

The book Christian. Muslim. Friend. Twelve Paths to Real Relationship by long-term Mennonite missionary David W. Shenk recently received the Christianity Today best book award in the category of Missions/ The...

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Book review: ‘Mennonites Encounter Hinduism’

Dec 7, 2015 by

Fifty years ago there was little public discussion of interfaith or inter-religious dialogue in Mennonite circles or in the Christian community generally. Some academic specialists and missiologists were...

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Illinois Mennonite directs worldwide religious summit

Nov 17, 2015 by and

One of the world’s largest and oldest interfaith organizations met in the U.S. last month, and an Illinois Mennonite orchestrated the final preparations and implementation. The Parliament of the World’s...

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Building connections with Jews is in season

Aug 17, 2015 by

The Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are soon upon us. I grew up celebrating these days of the Jewish calendar because my mom worked for a Jewish-owned business and had these days off of...

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Three monotheisms

Mar 2, 2015 by

The Catholic theologian Hans Küng has said, “No peace among the nations without peace among the religions.” Current tension between Islam and Christianity illustrates the truth of that statement. Peace...

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On the paths with Muslims

Mar 2, 2015 by

David Shenk, longtime East Africa missionary and Eastern Mennonite Missions ambassador and administrator, is also a widely read interpreter of Christian mission in Islamic contexts. Twelve Paths is his fourth...

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God’s devouring fire

Feb 23, 2015 by

Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him. — Psalm 50:3 When God comes near, there’s a devouring flame — a fire that burns away all the...

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What it means to be human

Feb 2, 2015 by

ALEPPO, Syria — This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of a mortar exploding. I said to myself, “A new day is started.” This is normal in Aleppo. I went to the kitchen, hoping to get some tea...

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Muslims, Mennonites and anti-religious backlash

Jan 14, 2015 by

Places of worship burned to the ground by arsonists. Increased police surveillance of neighborhoods where members of the community live. An entire group viewed with suspicion and animosity because of their...

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After a sad day in Ottawa

Oct 27, 2014 by

Like many Canadians I find myself in a place of sadness following the senseless violence in our capital city. I resonate with the voices that lament the sense of loss for our peaceful context. I share the...

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Mennonites, Muslims meet in Abraham Project

Sep 16, 2013 by and

Mennonites and Muslims gathered around food and film at The Abraham Project Sept. 6-8 in Lancaster, Pa., in the hopes of deepening interfaith relationships. Mennonites representing a handful of churches and...

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