Hymns unite Swiss Reformed, Anabaptists

May 25, 2015 by and

LEOLA, Pa. — A different kind of hymn sing took place May 6 at the Reiff farm near Leola. Twenty people from Switzerland, mostly from the Reformed Church tradition, gathered with a wide variety of U.S....

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MWC global assembly music ensemble announced

May 25, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A 19-member international ensemble of singers and instrumentalists has been selected to lead the morning and evening worship each day at the Mennonite World Conference assembly July 21-26...

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Religion without morality

May 25, 2015 by

Prophets are not popular. They don’t stroke our egos and bless the status quo. The Old Testament prophets we study this summer spoke tough words to God’s people and the surrounding nations. They talk about...

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‘Anthem’ tradition

May 25, 2015 by

To say that “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (“606” in The Mennonite Hymnal) was just “plucked from an 1830 edition of the Boston Handel and Hayden Society Collection” (Editorial, May 11)...

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Canadian MBs to shutter denominational magazine

May 25, 2015 by and

The official periodical of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches will be shuttered at the end of the year. Conference leadership announced May 11 that Mennonite Breth­ren Herald will be...

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Opinion: Scripture, not compromise

May 25, 2015 by

In the debate within Mennonite Church USA over homosexual practice, church leaders and others tell us that staying together will require a lot of accommodation and compromise. However, it seems that the only...

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Forbearing family?

May 25, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA congregations and conferences are like adult brothers and sisters. In a dispute, no one can force the other’s hand. Nor can they appeal to parental authority. They have to figure out for...

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Our puddle’s loss

May 25, 2015 by

No learned theologian or distinguished philosopher was Scotch-taped to more pastors’ office doors than Joel Kauffmann. Each of his Pontius’ Puddle comic strips required editors to include a healthy border...

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Ecclesial kin

May 25, 2015 by

One of the unique aspects of Mennonite Church USA interchurch conversations is the way the denomination is positioned between Roman Catholicism and various Protestants groups on the one hand and, on the other,...

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Spiritual steps of St. Patrick

May 25, 2015 by

Among the dozens of guides to spirituality that swamp today’s bookstore shelves, one by Jamie Arpin-Ricci stands above the rank-and-file. Arpin-Ricci, an Anabaptist who helped found the mission-oriented...

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The church is changing, so keep moving

May 25, 2015 by

The Pew Research Center’s study on religion in the United States, released this month, revealed that the church is in the midst of significant changes. Mennonites are too statistically insignificant to be...

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Triple murder, suicide shock B.C. church

May 25, 2015 by and

A Mennonite congregation in British Columbia devoted Mother’s Day to mourning after a shocking triple homicide and suicide rocked the Fraser Valley. Shelly Janzen, a member of Bethel Mennonite Church in...

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Taking words to heart

May 25, 2015 by

In “Don’t Break Up the Body” (April 27), James M. Lapp writes that the church is “our laboratory for learning to love, even when we disagree.” He states further, “What holds our body together is...

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Challenges of a new home

May 25, 2015 by

My husband and I recently moved into the home we purchased a few months ago. We can envision living here for decades. Once all of the boxes are unpacked and the furniture put in place, we’ll need some time...

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Declining religiosity

May 25, 2015 by

Editors attending the conventions of Canadian Church Press and the U.S.-based Associated Church Press in late April in Toronto heard the latest challenging statistics about religion in Canada and its effect on...

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Applying discipline

May 25, 2015 by

I’m disappointed that Mennonite Church USA has not applied spiritual discipline to the issue of marriage between one man and one woman. All Christians have sinful desires they suppress. People with...

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By tractor, truck and on foot, aid reaches rural Nepal

May 22, 2015 by

Using tractors and people power to haul supplies where trucks could not go, Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations finished an initial distribution of emergency supplies to Nepal earthquake...

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Retiring scholar’s mission: solving Amish riddle

May 18, 2015 by and

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Donald B. Kraybill has written about the forgiving Amish of Nickel Mines, Pa., and the revengeful Amish of Bergholz, Ohio. Now, after 44 years of immersion in the Anabaptist worldview...

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The most important book

May 18, 2015 by

DEBRE ZEIT, Ethiopia — Three years ago, Fanosie Legesse made a challenge to Listowel (Ont.) Mennonite Church. Would they help him make sure that the students of Mese­rete Kristos College in Debre Zeit,...

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Cartoonist and writer combined humor, insight

May 13, 2015 by and

Joel Kauffmann, whose cartoon strip Pontius’ Puddle has enlivened the pages of church periodicals for three decades and whose screenplay for the 1990 film The Radicals dramatized the birth of Anabaptism,...

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