Syrian in Switzerland quilts for homeland

Mar 16, 2015 by and

MUTTENZ, Switzerland — There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and...

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New York churches assist new immigrants

Mar 16, 2015 by and

NEW YORK — Mennonite Garifuna churches of New York City have been assisting numerous Garifuna immigrants who have arrived since June. To date, they have assisted about 140 families, helping them with food,...

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From dust to dust

Mar 16, 2015 by

Before we commemorate Jesus’ death and celebrate his resurrection, we confront the fact that we too will die. During the 40 days leading to Easter, we live in the shadow of Ash Wednesday and of these words:...

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When culture is right

Mar 16, 2015 by

Letters to MWR have suggested that some Mennonites are changing our views on homosexuality and accepting gay and lesbian people because we are being influenced by our degenerate culture and not sticking to...

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Nigerians’ suffering

Mar 16, 2015 by

In Middle Eastern churches and the Christian communities of northern Nigeria, our brothers and sisters are suffering. To most of us in other parts of the world, and especially in the West, it is almost...

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MWR Inc. donations rise; print declines

Mar 16, 2015 by

HESSTON, Kan. — Donors’ support and lower costs kept the Mennonite World Review Inc. budget balanced in 2014 as income increased and print circulation declined. At the nonprofit corporation’s annual...

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‘I just don’t have the time’

Mar 16, 2015 by

If one more person tells me how “crazy busy” they are and then proceeds to summarize, in detail, the entire season of a TV show on Netflix, I’m going to . . . write a column about it. Most of us have no...

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Marriage put chaotic life in Old Order

Mar 16, 2015 by

It is rare to get an insider’s view of Amish life. It is rarer to get that view from an “English” person who joined the Amish as a young woman. Author Marlene C. Miller and her husband, Johnny, are now...

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MWR speaker: Politics needs Anabaptist voice

Mar 16, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — A former Kansas budget director who served both Democrat and Republican governors says the question for Anabaptists is not “Should we be political?” but “How should we be...

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Network spreads ‘healthy infection’ in Venezuela

Mar 16, 2015 by , and

An ecumenical group of church leaders in Venezuela — led by a Mennonite, Erwin Mirabal — describes its educational mission with a metaphor of the gospel of Jesus as a healthy infection. They say they are...

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Lifestyle or life?

Mar 16, 2015 by

When the word “lifestyle” is applied to LGBTQ people, it can be misleading and harmful. Today, most of those who have tried to help change homosexual people into heterosexual ones admit that LGBTQ people...

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Street theater, physical resurrection

Mar 16, 2015 by

When we watch a play, we focus only on the stage. We do not think of the weeks of planning or the jumble of costumes and props behind the curtains. Good choreography and good acting bring us right into the...

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Cold comfort

Mar 16, 2015 by

Late winter — when spring looms close but the forecast remains cold — is an annual opportunity to practice patience. And thank goodness. We need the practice. Small, daily opportunities for...

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Opinion: Our real ‘sin problem’

Mar 16, 2015 by , and

When people in the church talk about sin, they often add a highly theological meaning: Our sins are an offense that separates us from God. This relational rupture is said to be the crucial reason we need a...

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Stop giving bonus points for success

Mar 16, 2015 by

Sociologist Dalton Conley explained on NPR’s Here and Now how families become less cohesive when one sibling is significantly richer than the others. Money triggers family tensions. Siblings with more money...

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Lives that matter

Mar 16, 2015 by

Reflecting on Black History Month in February caused me to ponder violent attacks — past and present — and the veiled assaults on black folks and communities. There are daily reports of violent incidents...

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Farming volunteer program joins Quakers, Mennonites

Mar 13, 2015 by , , and

Peace Farm, a new voluntary service program born out of a collaborative effort between Quakers and Mennonites in Bally, Pa., is preparing for its inaugural season, beginning in May. The venture brings together...

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After 10 years, Allegheny reinstates Hyattsville church

Mar 11, 2015 by and

In a 72-70 vote on March 7, Mennonite Church USA’s Allegheny Mennonite Conference reinstated Hyattsville (Md.) Mennonite Church as a full, voting member. The congregation, which takes an affirming stance...

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Paralysis moves group to help

Mar 9, 2015 by and

LeRoy Goossen of Fresno, Calif., marked 20 years of paralysis Jan. 5. But thanks to a brotherhood of volunteers that traces its origin to his Mennonite Brethren church, it is rare for a weekday to go by...

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Oregon school, conference facing $5.5 million lawsuit

Mar 5, 2015 by and

A former student of Western Mennonite School in Salem, Ore., has filed a lawsuit seeking $5.5 million in damages from the school and Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The student...

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Lancaster Mennonite School acquires Hershey school

Mar 5, 2015 by and

Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School acquired a nondenominational private school in late February, the fourth school to join the system since 2002. LMS superintendent Richard Thomas said the opportunity came as...

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