Arizona school plans another reopening

May 25, 2020 by and

Peace Academic Center — formerly known as Hopi Mission School — is continuing to assist reservation residents in Kykots­movi, Ariz., despite being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Peace Academic...

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New latrines, water system improve health in Congo

May 25, 2020 by and

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — The 12 new toilets at Institute Katuze Secondary School do more than prevent disease better than the two old pit toilets they replaced. They also reduce violence and...

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Kriss: Belonging to the truth

May 18, 2020 by

I was struck by the words of Pontius Pilate during Holy Week as I walked the Stations of the Cross sponsored by Renew Community in Lansdale, Pa. I had never heard his “What is truth?” question quite like...

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Book review: Seditions, Confusion and Tumult

May 18, 2020 by

The question left Layton Boyd Friesen befuddled: Why were the 16th-century Anabaptists so reviled and persecuted? The answer Friesen had learned — that they lived in an age when people ­didn’t tolerate...

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New Yorkers find opportunities in COVID crisis

May 18, 2020 by and

Pastor has ear of the powerful NEW YORK — Al Taylor, pastor at Infinity Mennonite Church, sees the coronavirus as a trial that is growing the church, somewhat like the persecution of the early church in...

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Longhurst: No glib prayers

May 18, 2020 by

During this time of pandemic, many Christians are turning to prayer. But what to pray? It can be especially hard for worship leaders, who wonder how to find the words that speak honestly to God on behalf of...

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Bible: Steadfast prophet, faithless wife

May 18, 2020 by

When Hosea prophesied at the sunset of the northern kingdom of Israel, he cast a vision for the people’s future by recalling their past with God. It’s been all downhill since Jeroboam II: king after king...

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Rely on government?

May 18, 2020 by

I wonder why there is not much discussion about the implications of conferences and churches taking Paycheck Protection Program money (“Groups Rise to Meet Fiscal Challenges of Pandemic,” May 4). I was...

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MDS boosts joint relief fund to meet need

May 18, 2020 by and

A congregational relief fund has grown to $800,000 as more than 300 U.S. Anabaptist congregations have applied for assistance to weather the financial challenges that came with the COVID-19...

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Thrice-baptized pastor

May 18, 2020 by

Regarding “To Be Rebaptized?” (May 4): I was born in 1937, and my parents wanted me to be dedicated to the Lord, so I assume I was sprinkled with water in a Free Methodist Church. Later I experienced a...

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Empowering women, demystifying ‘mission’

May 18, 2020 by and

Pamela Obonde has worked with children’s and women’s rights organizations in Kenya for 17 years. Three years ago she switched her focus to women in the church when she realized the issues in the world...

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Actions speak louder

May 18, 2020 by

What is a church to do when it is convinced the surrounding community is interested in Mennonite and Anabaptist beliefs but turned off by a Mennonite and Anabaptist name? Two Nebraska congregations from...

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MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund

May 18, 2020 by

This tax season — which the IRS has extended to July 15 — Mennonite Church USA is highlighting its Church Peace Tax Fund, formerly known as the War Tax Alternative Fund, in an effort to re-engage...

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Kraybill: Heaven’s silence awaits prayer

May 18, 2020 by

No, this is not the end of the world. But COVID-19 certainly is an apocalypse — an “unveiling” — as the word is understood in the Book of Revelation. The prophet John, quarantined on the island of...

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Miller: Parents’ lessons stick for life

May 18, 2020 by

Complying with a stay-at-home order has given me lots of time to catch up on projects around the house — cleaning out landscape beds, reorganizing the garage, decluttering the office. The list is long. I...

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Maintenance workers

May 18, 2020 by

“You’re a maintenance crew,” said an adviser to a congregation navigating a pastoral transition. “Your job is to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, as Ephesians 4:3 says.” A...

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Virus delays Nebraskans’ relaunch

May 18, 2020 by and

Through prayer, discernment and the congregation’s unanimous affirmation in February, Beatrice (Neb.) Mennonite Church was not supposed to exist right now. But COVID-19 halted plans for a relaunch...

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College dream, answered prayer

May 18, 2020 by

Well, Lord, the big day has come and gone. Suddenly, I feel rather alone in the world. School is over; no more homework, tests and essays. Never again am I likely to be together again with all my old friends...

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Grants relieve stress, anguish

May 18, 2020 by , , and

When states began issuing stay-at-home orders and requiring some businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Pastor Graciela Tijerina called every member of her congregation. “What are your...

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‘Mom, did you see that?’

May 14, 2020 by

“Look mom, no hands!” I exclaimed as I ran down the face of a rock. I was an adventurous little girl. I wasn’t afraid of getting dirty or heights or trying something a little more on the edge. My mother...

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A quiet summer: Some Mennonite camps cancel programs

May 11, 2020 by and

Summer camps were not designed for social distancing. With gaga ball and capture the flag, close-quartered cabins and campfire worship, food preparation and meal times in the dining hall, “the whole idea of...

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