Mysteriously upheld

Jan 18, 2016 by

Experiencing the known world as falling apart is no new thing. That’s what reading Dead Wake, in which Erik Larson tells of the German sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania and how this drew the U.S....

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Polarizing fallout

Jan 18, 2016 by

Kyle Hinckley made a stir in the video-game world by successfully completing the hardest mode of Fallout 4 with zero kills. In this popular series of video games set in a post-apocalyptic United States, gamers...

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Mentor to generations

Jan 18, 2016 by

Not many historians have the opportunity to mentor four generations of students and colleagues. My dear friend Robert Kreider (“Kreider a Uniter Who Made History,” Jan. 4), whose influence as a church...

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Bible: That’s your first miracle?

Jan 18, 2016 by

It’s no small thing to choose a first miracle. After all, this will be your public introduction, the image that will travel with your name as word of you gets out. Pundits and commentators will pick it apart...

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Make the case

Jan 18, 2016 by

Brian Stucky (Letters & Comments, Dec. 21) notes the traditionalist complaint that the biblical case for same-sex marriage has not yet been made. In a positive spirit of wanting us to not continue...

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An old dog learns

Jan 18, 2016 by

A great deal of my pastoral time is spent dreaming. Last week I sat at my desk, dreaming about what the congregation could look like in five years or 10 years. When I thought about what sort of leadership they...

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More drawn to sharing cost of health care

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Health-care sharing has become an attractive option for many people since the Affordable Care Act came into effect in the U.S., but it’s an arrangement many conservative Anabaptists have had long...

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The conflict ladder of shame

Jan 18, 2016 by

Muslims daily lock and unlock the most hallowed building of Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. This ancient structure encompasses Golgotha and the tomb of our risen Lord — both...

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Your people, my people

Jan 18, 2016 by

Robert S. Kreider, who died Dec. 27 at the age of 96, believed in collaboration, community, cooperation and connection. These were a few of the words spoken in tributes after the memorial service Jan. 2 at...

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Stay neutral on BDS

Jan 18, 2016 by

In the MWR conversation about joining or not joining the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement, it was suggested that “whether or not we support divestment, we need to focus on investment in the work of...

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They aren’t all terrorists

Jan 18, 2016 by

In the 15 months leading up to December, the United States “delivered” about 20,000 bombs and missiles in the fight against the Islamic State. At the time, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh said the...

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Goshen professor earns Indiana’s highest civil rights award

Jan 18, 2016 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Regina Shands Stoltzfus, assistant professor of peace, justice and conflict studies at Goshen College, has been awarded the Spirit of Justice Award by the State of Indiana Civil Rights...

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Following Jesus leads to finding refuge in Spain

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Koroush and his mother, Maryam — refugees from Iran now living in Spain — lost everything but believe they have what they need with Jesus. “I saw the Jesus miracles with my own eyes,” Koroush said. (To...

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Comments at sexuality study conference prompt an apology from MB leadership

Jan 18, 2016 by

A study conference on human sexuality held last fall by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was intended to reinforce the denomination’s Confession of Faith, yet conversations and...

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Of strangers, pilgrims, hospitality

Jan 18, 2016 by

The immigrants had arrived. Was there no end to their numbers? What language were they speaking? What was their origin? Their destination? Why were they here? The two worlds were a study in contrast. The...

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MC Canada: respectfully recognize differences

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Members and congregations of Mennonite Church Canada may be on the verge of getting more deliberate about respecting each other when they disagree. The denomination’s Being a Faithful Church task force has...

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Book review: ‘Doing Good Better’

Jan 18, 2016 by

It goes without saying that nonprofit organizations of all types are important. But what does need to be stated repeatedly is the importance of good leadership for those organizations. That’s what Edgar...

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Hispanic leader De Leon worked for justice

Jan 18, 2016 by

María Magdalena De Leon, antiracism worker, pastor and leader of Mennonite institutions, died Dec. 25. She was 71. Felipe Hinojosa writes in The Mennonite that she was well-respected in her hometown of...

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Palestine: a time for peace, a time for action

Jan 18, 2016 by

As 39 students from across the U.S. and Canada entered the Church Center for the United Nations, my colleagues and I happily welcomed each of them to the Mennonite Central Committee U.N. Office’s 20th annual...

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With training complete, 26 pastors ordained in Vietnam

Jan 11, 2016 by , and

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — After six years of training and preparation, the Vietnam Mennonite Church ordained 26 pastors in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 5. Pastor Nguyen Quang Trung, president of VMC,...

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Women of the Bible set examples in East Africa

Jan 11, 2016 by and

MUSOMA, Tanzania — Infertility, single parenting, poverty, the raising and teaching of children, life with an unbelieving or unfaithful husband and maintaining faith in desperate times: These issues confront...

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EMU vice president arrested on solicitation charge, resigns

Jan 11, 2016 by

Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman resigned Jan. 11 after a Jan. 8 arrest for solicitation of prostitution. The misdemeanor charge was the result of an undercover...

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