From refugee to sponsor: a 40-year journey

Jun 27, 2016 by and

As a 5-year-old resting in her mother’s arms at the bottom of a boat crowded with refugees, Nhung Tran could not have imagined the life she’s living now. A life as a doctor in Canada. A life where she is...

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These don’t disappear

Jun 20, 2016 by

The global church is a dizzying phenomenon. Linking it is the marvel of jet transportation and social media. Relationships blossom everywhere in unexpected places. In 2007, Fran Martin, a middle-aged American...

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To live and die for

Jun 20, 2016 by

The young volunteers of Plain Compassion Crisis Response in Iraq’s war zone not far from Islamic State fighters want “something to live and die for,” according to organization director Merle Weaver (June...

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What’s up with marriage?

Jun 20, 2016 by

People get divorced all the time. It’s always sad to hear it through the grapevine, but for the first time it happened to people I know intimately. It is devastating. While others’ tragedy has made me...

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The many what-ifs of loving your neighbor

Jun 20, 2016 by

“Who is my neighbor?” I understand the lawyer’s need for a clear answer from Jesus. Jesus answers the question with the story of a Samaritan showing mercy to a wounded traveler. It seems easy. The person...

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Fierce urgency

Jun 20, 2016 by

As the presidential race becomes more intense, the rhetoric, division and hatred have intensified. There is a deep-seated hostility toward marginalized people. The idea of a postracial environment has taken a...

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Low German Bible school occupies unique niche

Jun 20, 2016 by and

As far as its administrators and students are aware, Steinreich Bible School in northern Mexico is the only educational institution in the world that teaches about the Bible in Plautdietsch, or Low German. The...

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Burkina Faso community defuses conflict with love

Jun 20, 2016 by , and

In a land that closely resembles the place Jesus lived, his words still prove true. The people of Sidi, Burkina Faso, plant their fields with the tools and methods described in the New Testament. They draw...

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Book review: ‘Breakaway Amish’

Jun 20, 2016 by

As a distinct religious and social group, the Amish have grown used to having their lives reported and interpreted by outsiders. Scholars study them. Novelists and “reality” television shows tell stories...

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Self-inflicted wound

Jun 20, 2016 by

“Physician, heal yourself!” Jesus expected that the skeptics would hurl this challenge when he announced God’s reign of peace (Luke 4:23). Today, Mennonite Church USA needs to accept the challenge of...

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The violence of shame

Jun 20, 2016 by

I call the members of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board who counseled Villegas to resign to stand accountable before the church. Such action amounts to institutional violence and attempted public...

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Not our own authority

Jun 20, 2016 by

I have read MWR most of my adult life. Only in recent decades have these pages reported serious disagreement on appropriate sexual behavior. Opposite positions cannot both be right. Regardless of how we feel...

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MC Canada Youth Assembly canceled due to low numbers

Jun 20, 2016 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Mennonite Church Canada’s Youth Assembly has been canceled. The event was planned for 200 people, but only a handful could commit. It’s a disappointment that Kirsten Hamm-Epp and her...

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Bible: No better than the Romans?

Jun 20, 2016 by

The impact of Paul’s letter to the Romans on Christian theology cannot be overstated — though different Christian traditions disagree profoundly on how to interpret and apply Romans. It is always worth...

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Congregations departing Lancaster Conference

Jun 14, 2016 by and

Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregations desiring to maintain connections with Mennonite Church USA are beginning to withdraw from the conference. Pilgrims Mennonite Church in Akron, Pa., decided by...

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Story of reconciliation with Lutherans is told

Jun 14, 2016 by and

A new chapter may be added to the Anabaptist story at the Menno-Hof information center in Shipshewana, Ind., with the creation of an exhibit about reconciliation between Anabaptists and other Christian...

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MC USA board supports abuse panel, accepts resignation

Jun 10, 2016 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board affirmed recommendations from a sexual abuse prevention panel and accepted the resignation of board member Isaac Villegas during meetings June...

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