Spanish officials endorse interfaith dialogue book

Jan 5, 2015 by and

MADRID, Spain — The Spanish government’s Ministry of Justice has endorsed a book co-written by a Mennonite that presents a model of positive Christian-Muslim relations. The Spanish-language version of A...

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New sources give clearer view of abuse by theologian

Jan 5, 2015 by and

For years, hushed fragments of information circulated in certain circles. John Howard Yoder, the famous Mennonite theologian, did something wrong, but spe­cifics were scattered and elusive. Then, in 1992,...

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Peaceful theology, violent acts

Jan 5, 2015 by

This is excerpted from a longer article, “ ‘Defanging the Beast’: Mennonite Responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse,” in the January issue of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, based on newly...

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Opinion: For children of God on the edge, a space to celebrate

Jan 5, 2015 by

QUITO, Ecuador — In my work with refugees, I’ve realized that sometimes simply creating spaces for people is a powerful way to change the human experience. These are spaces where people feel a sense of...

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Opinion: ‘Pawns’ make their move

Jan 5, 2015 by

The pickup truck pulled to the side of the road. We got out and walked to the edge of the cliff and looked down across the valley to the broken line of mountains. A seminarian pulled out his flute and began...

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We need patience

Jan 5, 2015 by

Could we focus on unity in 2015? Without taking sides in the same-sex marriage issue, we could remind ourselves that the church has authority to interpret and reinterpret Scripture, even setting the canonical...

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Narcissism in ‘Exodus’

Jan 5, 2015 by

Last month, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods & Kings capped off a year of biblical films. Like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, it is a Bible epic made by a director who has identified himself both as agnostic and...

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How a false prophet led Amish to violence

Jan 5, 2015 by

The attacks on Amish families described in Renegade Amish feel entirely surreal: because they were perpetuated by other Amish and because they were so violent, so seemingly inexplicable. Could people known for...

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Couple third in ‘Amazing Race’ competition

Jan 5, 2015 by

Adam Dirks and Bethany Hamilton finished in third place on CBS’s The Amazing Race reality television competition. The final episode aired Dec. 19. Dirks is a member of Park View Mennonite Brethren Church in...

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German services come to an end at Alberta church

Jan 5, 2015 by and

Calgary, Alta. — Fond memories and deep gratitude mixed with feelings of loss as First Mennonite Church held its last German worship service Nov. 9. After 68 years of holding a regular German service, a...

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What lifts us up

Jan 5, 2015 by

“Give us more uplifting news,” said a reader. “Just tell the truth of God’s Word,” another wrote. “It is discouraging to read articles that don’t bring honor to God.” Especially in times of...

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Bethel writing class helps unheard group find a voice

Jan 5, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Whatever Ami Regier, Bethel College professor of literary studies, might have expected from venturing into prison, it wasn’t that the experience would make her a better teacher and...

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MCC responds to needs of displaced in Ukraine

Jan 5, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — As people in Ukraine continue to be forced from their homes by violence, Mennonite Central Committee is asking for donations to support its work with church partners that are responding to...

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To the president, at war with Islamic State

Jan 5, 2015 by

Dear Mr. President: No doubt the group calling itself the Islamic State poses many challenges. Their actions are violent and horrifying to many people in the region and abroad. Your chosen path of military...

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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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Saskatchewan college to close after 87 years

Jan 5, 2015 by and

HEPBURN, Sask. — The board of Bethany College emerged from December meetings with sobering news: The current academic year will be the 87-year-old rural Sas­katch­ewan institution’s last. The college,...

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Should there be less ideology, more love?

Jan 5, 2015 by

Churches that cut and run because they do not agree with the direction Mennonite Church USA is going are practicing social violence. Families are torn apart. I know a family with a gay child that had to leave...

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If faced with this choice, what would you do?

Jan 5, 2015 by

In the second decade of the 21st century, something unforeseen arose among the Offspring of Gertrude and Menno. Congregations here and there began to call for a re-examination of the historic Mennonite peace...

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Silence is violent

Jan 5, 2015 by

It’s easy to think, as a majority white denomination, that U.S. Mennonites don’t have a lot to contribute to the current national conversation on racial injustice in police enforcement. But, like the...

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The high priest prays too

Jan 3, 2015 by

The author of Hebrews focuses on Christ as our high priest. His chosenness, the ways in which he is different, are at the forefront in this passage. The repeated emphasis on being “of the order of...

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Bad history perpetuates animosity

Jan 3, 2015 by

Philipp Melancthon called Anabaptists “irreligious fanatics and murderous revolutionaries, enemies of temporal government, however peaceful they may seem.” Johann Casimir said the movement spread an...

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Anabaptism across borders

Dec 29, 2014 by and

Listening to students at SEMILLA — a multisite seminary affiliated with 10 Anabaptist conferences in Central America and Mexico — Leonor and Jerry Kennell heard story after story of personal transformation...

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At MDS, every tool’s now in its place

Dec 29, 2014 by and

Just organizing your own tool bench can be a big project. Now imagine organizing tools for hundreds of volunteers to be used at multiple locations — and the tool bench must travel well. This was the...

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Mountain States, Mexican conferences start a relationship

Dec 29, 2014 by

A Mennonite conference in Mexico has initiated a relationship with Mountain States Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Jaime Lázaro, director of Mountain States’ SEED (Seek, Explore, Encourage and...

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