MB board reaffirms limit on role of women

Feb 3, 2020 by and

The U.S. Mennonite Brethren Board of Faith and Life has reaffirmed a policy that bars women from serving as lead pastors. The BFL adopted a statement calling on congregations to encourage women to minister in...

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Conservative Brethren exploring separation

Feb 3, 2020 by and

A conservative movement of congregations may depart the Church of the Brethren this year in what the recently named Covenant Brethren Church says is an effort to help churches prioritize biblical authority and...

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Germans ponder lessons of history

Feb 3, 2020 by

NEUWIED, Germany — Germans commemorated an infamous historic date during the annual meeting of European Mennonite leaders. On Nov. 9-10, 1938, the anti-Semitic pogroms of the Reichs­kristallnacht (night of...

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Schools reopen after Puerto Rico, Albania quakes

Feb 3, 2020 by and

Mennonite schools are returning to routines after earthquakes struck Albania in November and Puerto Rico in January. Lezha Academic Center is located in one of three cities where the Albanian government...

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Music leaders sing hymnal preview

Feb 3, 2020 by and

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — In the 1980s, Ken Nafziger drew on inspiration from publisher and camp association president Levi Miller and began leading a music retreat at Laurelville. Several years later, Marlene...

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Ten Thousand Villages Canada closing operations

Jan 27, 2020 by

NEW HAMBURG, Ont. — Ten Thousand Villages Canada announced on Jan. 21 the closure of its corporate operations, including the head office and distribution center in New Hamburg, as well as wholesale...

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Primaries, presidents, principles

Jan 27, 2020 by

Twelve years ago, I was excited for Barack Obama’s leadership. But he bitterly disappointed me. He deported over 3 million people, more than the previous three presidents combined. He took only token steps...

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‘Dear friends in Iran’

Jan 27, 2020 by and

The executive directors of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and MCC Canada sent the following letter Jan. 9. Dear friends of Mennonite Central Committee in Iran: We write to you in solidarity and friendship at...

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Book review: Raising Disciples

Jan 27, 2020 by

Natalie Frisk and I have something in common: Our earliest memories of Sunday school include damp, musty church basements. Many assumed these places were where we kids learned about God. But, lucky for both of...

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MWC delegation supports churches in Hong Kong

Jan 27, 2020 by , , and

Mennonite World Conference sent a delegation in December to Hong Kong to hear church members’ concerns and show solidarity amid political unrest and social shifts that can lead to differences of opinion...

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Bible: Temptations of kings — and Jesus

Jan 27, 2020 by

The connection between the passages from 1 Kings in our previous lesson and Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness might not be obvious. But what if we reflect on the meaning of the title used of Jesus in...

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The price of war

Jan 27, 2020 by

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California tweeted on Jan. 5, “While Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office, the president is focused on removing terrorists from the face of the earth.” How...

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Powell: This year, a silent revolution

Jan 27, 2020 by

I marvel at the revolutionary and transforming work of ­Jesus. He was passionate, ­direct and God-directed. Religious and secular power brokers considered him a threat because he changed the world by...

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Bruderhof connection

Jan 27, 2020 by

Thank you for your excellent reporting on the diverse Anabaptist world. What prompts me to write is partly the excellent article on North Korea by Katerina Parsons from the Mennonite Central Committee...

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Yoder-Short: Misreading Bathsheba

Jan 27, 2020 by

New analysis indicates that when King David saw Bathsheba, she wasn’t bathing nude but “was actually heading out the door to run some errands while wearing leggings as pants, causing the king to...

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What do we want?

Jan 27, 2020 by

Did the Mennonites really want Hillary Clinton to win the presidency? Do they really want abortion on demand up to nine months? Do they really want Christians brought to court and bankrupted for standing...

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Support for couple natural step in Ill. church’s inclusion

Jan 27, 2020 by

A flock. A family. Branches sprouting from the vine. The bride of Christ. One body. A city on the hill. Scripture is full of meta­phors for congregations and the people who compose them. Laura Brenneman, a...

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Showalter: Acts of Apostles go on

Jan 27, 2020 by

Richard Showalter wrote this column shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer on Dec. 14 at the age of 74. His columns have blessed and challenged MWR readers since 2012. An obituary in the Jan. 13 issue...

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Our peace theology

Jan 27, 2020 by

The Mennonites of Hong Kong have a question for us: What is Mennonite peace theology? The query arises from a generational split. Young people believe the church ought to support them in taking to the streets...

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It’s a celebration

Jan 27, 2020 by

The West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale “Celebration for World Relief” is grateful for the publicity our event name change has produced in MWR. As noted in the Jan. 13 article, 100 percent of our sale...

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Tractor tech and theology

Jan 27, 2020 by

One of the most desirable agriculture commodities these days isn’t corn, wheat or pork bellies, but 40-year-old tractors. Their enduring usefulness, combined with room for innovation, strike an intriguing...

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Kinsinger: I made my own wedding dress

Jan 27, 2020 by

I made my own wedding dress. I have sewed dresses for myself since I was a teenager, moving from frustration and seam rippers to calm satisfaction in watching the pieces fit together, just so. My wedding dress...

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Can we beat our addiction to war?

Jan 17, 2020 by

The U.S. military strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s military force, has raised questions in the minds of many Americans about what we believe about military action and warfare. From my...

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