Cultural divide splits MC USA in survey results

Jan 19, 2015 by and

Though same-sex relationships dominate Mennonite Church USA conversations, the “real cultural divide” includes many deeply rooted factors, says Conrad Kanagy. “It’s quite clear now this is not one...

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AMBS students join Fort Benning SOA witness

Jan 19, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — For the students who traveled from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary to Fort Benning, Ga., in November, the experience of witnessing for peace and justice raised questions while it...

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Feast or fast?

Jan 19, 2015 by

It seems appropriate that in the time between Christmas and Ash Wednesday our texts focus on feasting and fasting. During Advent we celebrated the liturgical new year — a time of anticipation and beginnings....

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Beliefs that bind us

Jan 19, 2015 by

2014 was a year of testing for my congregation, for Lancaster Mennonite Conference and for Mennonite Church USA. Beginning the new year on a clean page, our faithful redeemer God offers us hope for the...

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What is really important?

Jan 19, 2015 by

Three generations of the Lehman family of Wisconsin come to the annual Thanksgiving celebration with a complicated understanding of what holds them together as a family. A fourth generation, long deceased, is...

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A church in trouble

Jan 19, 2015 by

When talking about the future of the church in North America, I sometimes joke there are only two kinds of denominations today — those that are in trouble, and those that will be. One Canadian denomination...

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In Benin, economic empowerment born out of tragedy

Jan 19, 2015 by and

COTONOU, Benin — It took the death of a child to create a community bank that brings more abundant life to many people in Benin. In the early years of the partnership of Mennonite Board of Missions, a...

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Shifting toward inclusion

Jan 19, 2015 by

There’s a dramatic moment in the mountain of data about Mennonite Church USA released Jan. 5: Credentialed leaders are much more accepting of gay and lesbian church members and leaders than they were eight...

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View from the outside

Jan 19, 2015 by

Since the late 1950s my wife and I have never lived in a Mennonite community but have kept in touch with the faith of my childhood by subscribing to Mennonite publications. As we participated with another...

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Seek first the kingdom

Jan 19, 2015 by

Clarence Jordan once reportedly quipped in his typical salty fashion that many Christian preachers will preach the hind legs off of Jesus but rarely pay attention to what Jesus himself preached. Jordan was a...

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Finding hope at the border

Jan 19, 2015 by

There are never enough winter jackets in the stacks of sorted clothes in the salon de fiestas (fellowship hall) at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. The stream of Central American refugees who arrive...

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Bluffton forum game show puts Ebola in context

Jan 19, 2015 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The emphasis was on perspective in “Ebola and Fear: A Public Health Perspective,” offered by Ross Kauffman Jan. 6 in a Bluffton University Forum. Outlining the disease’s history,...

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A faithful leader engages creation care

Jan 19, 2015 by

In recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Brian Sauder, a fellow credentialed Mennonite minister. Last year he became executive director of Faith in Place, headquartered in Chicago, which...

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Gay advocacy groups get space at KC convention

Jan 19, 2015 by

Same-sex relationship advocacy groups will be allowed space at the Mennonite Church USA convention for the first time this summer in Kansas City. The denomination announced Jan. 13 that church leaders have...

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Bible as an idol

Jan 19, 2015 by

I see as idolatry the practice of calling the Scriptures “God’s Word” with a capital W. This places the Bible above Jesus, God Incarnate, the Word-Made-Flesh (John 1:1-14). It is this fallacy, imported...

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Opinion: The Gnostics are back

Jan 19, 2015 by

The God-mission Jesus taught has always faced competing understandings. Within 100 years of Jesus’ resurrection, a powerful belief system known as Gnosticism developed within Christianity and threatened its...

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Planting opportunity, rebuilding lives

Jan 12, 2015 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys Joseph’s new home in Cabaret, 24 miles outside Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. There’s room in the yard...

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Same-sex wedding a first for MC Canada

Jan 12, 2015 by and

A Saskatoon, Sask., couple became the first same-sex couple to be married in a Mennonite Church Canada congregation on Dec. 31. Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens held a ceremony with family, friends and their...

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Rare opportunity for transformative experience

Jan 12, 2015 by

Amid growing anticipation about the Mennonite World Conference assembly July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., a number of questions keep surfacing within North American churches. MWC general secretary César García...

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MC USA survey reveals divides on inclusion, organization

Jan 5, 2015 by and

A new survey reports credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA have diverse views about membership and leadership roles for gay and lesbian people and about how the denomination might organize itself...

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