Ukraine city honors Mennonite history with street names

Mar 14, 2016 by and

The rise of communism a century ago in Ukraine greatly diminished the Mennonite presence there. On Feb. 19, the city council of Zaporozhye took a step to reverse what previous governments erased by changing...

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More than a memory

Mar 14, 2016 by

Good Friday and Easter look different in the shadow of a loved one’s death. Grief brings Christ’s death and resurrection closer. It magnifies the fears and hopes we normally suppress. Thoughts of a cross...

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Opinion: In praise of the stalemate

Mar 14, 2016 by and

Ties aren’t just underappreciated in American society, they are vilified. That’s why baseball has no limit to its innings, while ties are intrinsic to the more global sport of soccer. Yet, the tied Supreme...

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Time to forgive Judas?

Mar 14, 2016 by

On the morning Jesus was condemned to die, Judas took his own life. His death makes me sad, since suicide always leaves a devastating wound among family and friends. Such a violent end for Judas sobers me,...

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Resurrection through tears and change

Mar 14, 2016 by

Several years ago during the Easter vigil at Resurrection Catholic parish in my hometown of Johnstown, Pa., I found myself weeping almost uncontrollably. The Saturday Easter vigil is among the grandest of...

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Many never joined

Mar 14, 2016 by

As members of a Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregation, we were discouraged by the decision to leave Mennonite Church USA. The issue of who could vote has been noted before. Support by 67 percent of the...

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Low German Mennonite colonies growing fast in Bolivia

Mar 14, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Even though Buhler Mennonite Church Pastor Willmar T. Harder wasn’t preaching, he brought a pair of austere black boots to his presentation on the Low German Mennonites of Bolivia at the...

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Table talk

Mar 14, 2016 by

When I was growing up, our family dinner table was a favorite gathering place. We often had guests, and conversations were lively. Occasionally disagreements would arise, but my parents modeled hospitality...

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Bible: Faith under stress

Mar 14, 2016 by

We cannot always predict how we will act under stress. The Apostle Peter declares he will never desert Jesus but before morning has three times denied he even knows Jesus, the Galilean, who is on trial before...

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Resisting war taxes

Mar 14, 2016 by

As a conscientious objector to war, I believe that paying for war is a form of participation in war. Knowing that 45 percent of my federal tax dollars underwrites warmaking and militarism presents a profound...

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Unity in obedience

Mar 14, 2016 by

In “The Unity Jesus Meant” (World Neighbors, Feb. 15), Rich­ard Showalter says it well when he states: “If our primary concern for unity is really organizational, we should all join the Roman Catholic...

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Pain of being different

Mar 14, 2016 by

It makes me very sad when I see what is happening to my beloved Mennonite Church. I was raised in an Old Order Amish blended family. My 31-year-old mother died the second day after my birth; the widow my...

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Book review: ‘Crossing the Loange’

Mar 14, 2016 by

One has to have one’s eyes open, one has to ask questions when they come to mind, or one finds oneself finished with a two-year term not knowing what kind of people you were amongst all the time. — John M....

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Eggs symbolize lasting impact in West Bank

Mar 14, 2016 by and

BEIT JALA, West Bank — Say the word “Mennonite” here and the first thing many people think of is eggs. At least 2,000 “Mennonite eggs” a day are produced at an open-sided chicken barn on the campus...

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8 reasons Canadians don’t go to church

Mar 14, 2016 by

In Canada, as in the U.S., lots of people don’t attend church. About 80 percent of Canadians and 60 percent of Americans do something else on Sunday mornings. Why is that? Joel Thiessen, a sociology...

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Syrian refugee in Canada: ‘I feel it’s my country now’

Mar 7, 2016 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Though Yhya Al Kurdi doesn’t know much English yet, he enthusiasically says, “Hello, hello, hello!” to visitors to his apartment. It has been a long time since he has had a safe home...

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Hesston casts out fear

Mar 7, 2016 by

Christian writer and activist Shane Claiborne came to Hesston, Kan., Feb. 19-21 to say that love casts out fear and that followers of Jesus should live in proximity to people’s pain. Four days later, when a...

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Sorrow and comfort in Hesston after shootings

Feb 29, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Mennonite congregations and the wider community turned to God and each other for comfort and healing Feb. 28. They gathered on Sunday morning and at an evening community worship service three...

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4 dead in shootings at Hesston, Kan., business

Feb 26, 2016 by and

This story has been updated with additional details. Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a series of shootings Feb. 25 in Newton and Hesston, Kan., that culminated at a Mennonite-owned...

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