Blessing the weapons

Aug 5, 2019 by

Thank you for the article about the Russian tradition of blessing their military and weapons (World & Faith, July 22). It reminded me that the Russian government is not as free of religion as I am...

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Of good report

Aug 5, 2019 by

This conservative Anabaptist can identify with some of Asher Witmer’s points in “I’m Frustrated with My Tradition.” But I also see the other side of the coin. All traditions have their points of...

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Shining the light

Jul 22, 2019 by

The June 24 issue had a number of positive stories that suggest there are churches that take Jesus’ commands seriously. To illustrate: a church offers a syringe exchange; a church wipes out millions of...

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Believing the lies

Jul 8, 2019 by

When the attempt to ban abortion is framed as an “unrealistic quest for total victory” (Editorial, June 10), it appears the considerations concerning abortion are political and cultural. As a Mennonite...

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Not thrilled

Jul 8, 2019 by

Why am I not thrilled about a Mennonite Heritage Week (“Heritage Week Causes Division in Canada”) to be celebrated every year in Canada (or anywhere)? Perhaps there are too many things about us that I...

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Absolute, not extreme

Jun 24, 2019 by

I appreciated the “Pro-life peacemakers” editorial. I am a retired 90-year-old physician who interned at Cook County Hospital in the early 1960s — before Roe v. Wade. Even though abortion was illegal,...

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Oregon beginnings

Jun 24, 2019 by

We read with fascination Rich Preheim’s article on West Coast Mennonite church beginnings (History, May 27). We are most familiar with the Oregon story and Zion Mennonite Church of Hubbard, as this is our...

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It’s better to receive

Jun 24, 2019 by

Thank you for Melessa Florer-Bixler’s “Literal, Symbolic — or Both?” (Bible, May 27). Having grown up in the Mennonite Church, I can easily identify with her dilemma. Two additional resources are...

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New law is better

Jun 10, 2019 by

In “Mountains Below the Surface,” Brad Roth says we “cannot dismiss the requirements of the Old Testament law.” Of course the old law is not abolished, but it is obsolete, and these two statements do...

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Visionary proposal

May 13, 2019 by

As a war-tax resister for a half century, I welcome John Stoner and Harold A. Penner’s visionary Church Peace Tax Fund proposal (“We’ll Pay for Peace,” print edition, April 15). Paying for weapons...

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Muddled memories

May 13, 2019 by

“Novelist Critiques ‘Culture of Control’ ” (Mosaic, print edition, April 15, which cited an article by Alexandra Schwartz in The New Yorker on novelist Miriam Toews and her new book, Women Talking)...

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We lose, we leave

May 13, 2019 by

Your March 18 editorial, “A Common Struggle,” says Mennonites and United Meth­odists are alike in that, when decisions go against them, theological conservatives tend to leave while liberals tend to stay...

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What’s the difference?

Apr 29, 2019 by

The new LMC seems similar to the old Lancaster Mennonite Conference, which pursued its separate ways, founded its own mission board, enforced strict behavior and in general looked at those who did not believe...

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Embarrassing graffiti

Apr 29, 2019 by

I agree with the concern expressed by Tim Huber in “Shame­ful Tourists” (Editorials, April 1). This past year, we visited the Trachselwald castle along with our tour group (TourMagination, “Life and...

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Who are we?

Apr 29, 2019 by

I was intrigued by Charlie Kraybill’s response to Ryan Ahl­grim (Letters & Comments, April 15 print edition). I don’t hear much these days about promoting peace across the church in general. But...

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Abortion alarms

Apr 15, 2019 by

Recent developments regarding abortion in the United States should cause great alarm, including the pro-abortion Reproductive Health Act signed by the governor of New York and the new pro-abortion U.S. House...

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Conduct unbecoming

Apr 15, 2019 by

An open memo to the Mennonite Church USA Constit­u­ency Leaders Council regarding its review of the Membership Guidelines: Please, bring before the delegate assembly of the 2019 convention a resolution to...

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What’s infallible?

Apr 1, 2019 by

Several letters in the March 18 issue lament Mennonite Church USA’s loss of a “biblical gospel.” Two writers left the church because the 1995 Confession of Faith doesn’t call the Bible...

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Room for difference

Apr 1, 2019 by

I appreciate Paul Schrag’s editorial (“A Common Struggle,” March 12), which says, “Let each [Mennonite Church USA] conference choose whether to allow same-sex marriages and LGBTQ pastors. This is...

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A real doctrine?

Apr 1, 2019 by

I have not witnessed a 500- year history of the church dehumanizing indigenous people or attempting to justify genocide. Nor have the people in my fellowship claimed a right to seize the property of others. I...

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Out of the closet

Mar 18, 2019 by

Thank you for “Pink Menno Grandmother’s Activism Came Naturally.” It’s time for us Pink Grannies to come out of the closet, and this article gives us a starting point. Alta Mellinger Goshen,...

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We’re losing our good name

Mar 18, 2019 by

Our church’s name, “Mennonite,” is being misdirected into oblivion. Some conferences have replaced it with something they feel will disassociate them from existing practices. “Mennonite” has served...

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Must we pay the price of blood?

Mar 18, 2019 by

Life is full of choices. One of ours is to resist war taxes. In our first year of marriage we protested militarism by writing to members of Congress but still making federal tax payments. In the 1960s, while...

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A better way to vote

Mar 4, 2019 by

Tired of voting for the lesser of two evils? Is an election where most people’s preferred candidate loses a good thing? The number of candidates vying for the U.S. presidency means most voters will likely...

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Conservative counter

Mar 4, 2019 by

An editorial appealed for great­er participation in discussions engendered by writings in MWR (“What Readers Say,” Jan. 7). You may have a point about the predominance of conservative males, but I see...

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