Washington Witness: The costs, and profits, of war

Jun 18, 2018 by

On a recent visit to the Middle East, I heard firsthand about the awful costs of the Syria war. A Syrian Orthodox bishop, Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, told of the “irreversible damage” that had been done to...

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Book review: ‘Congo Shadows’

Jun 4, 2018 by

The story of the Democratic Republic of Congo casts a long, disturbing shadow. The legacy of colonialism thrusts malevolent roots into the kingdoms of the Congo basin, which sustains the second largest country...

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Opinion: A prayer for Syria — freedom from fear

Jun 4, 2018 by and

“Fill me with your love, O Lord,” I say to myself as I breathe in. “And free me from fear,” I think on the exhale. I’m sitting in a black van, parked on the side of the highway in Syria. As I look...

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Prisoners set free in Haiti

Jun 4, 2018 by and

Rene Amizial was selling cooking charcoal on the roadside in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2015 when he was wrongfully accused of stealing 19 sacks of charcoal from a friend and competing business owner. The...

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‘Voices Together’ announced as title for new hymnal

Jun 1, 2018 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada will be called Voices Together. “In early February more than 900 people responded to a title and...

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Four obstacles to raising relief funds

May 29, 2018 by

As a part of an initiative last year to increase funds raised at our Virginia Relief Sale for Mennonite Central Committee, some of us came up with a plan to solicit cash donations in addition to the money...

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Devotion in action

May 21, 2018 by

“I participated . . . and it made me think,” says Minyoung Jung of South Korea, writing of her work with a food-distribution program in Kenya by a Mennonite Central Committee partner. Her article on page 6...

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A Holy Land eye-opener with MCC

May 14, 2018 by and

David Chow recalls sitting in Sunday school as a child in a Christian Missionary Alliance congregation in Calgary, Alta., and learning what the nation of Israel meant for Christians. Chow grew up believing the...

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Stories of resilience in community

May 4, 2018 by and

More than 70 years ago, my great-grandparents immigrated to British Columbia from the Neider Chortitza Mennonite colony in Soviet Russia, now known as Ukraine. My great-grandparents, and my grandmother and...

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Conference on Mennonites and Holocaust should come to Canada

Apr 23, 2018 by

I have followed the reports of the Mennonites and the Holocaust Conference that took place March 16-17 at Bethel College with keen interest. Three different life experiences have shaped my personal interest in...

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In Ukraine, families of fallen soldiers find comfort

Apr 9, 2018 by and

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief. This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova’s story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the...

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MCC supplies food amid violence in Congo

Apr 9, 2018 by , , and

Agnès Ntumba remembers the day her husband and seven children fled the violence that took over their village in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “I saw people being killed. They were...

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MCC marks 75 years in India

Mar 26, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating 75 years of relief, development and peace work in India, making it one of the oldest international aid organizations in the country. MCC began work in India in 1942...

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MCC may allow exceptions to ‘lifestyle expectations’

Mar 19, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s U.S. and Canada boards have approved the possibility of exceptions to the “lifestyle expectations” for some MCC personnel, although those parameters have not been completely...

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‘Step onto your land’

Mar 13, 2018 by

On the first day of the Mennonite Central Committee Ottawa Office student seminar, MPs and government officials explained to us all the reasons why Canada will not pressure Israel to end the military...

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War will not stop us

Feb 27, 2018 by

Come to me, all you that are weary . . . and I will give you rest. — Matt. 11:28 “I always pray, God, please protect us today.” Rima Absi is speaking about the rocket fire in Damascus, Syria. She is...

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Book review: ‘Saving Germany’

Feb 26, 2018 by

Saving Germany: North American Protestants and Christian Mission to West Germany, 1945-1974 is a book about North American Protestant efforts to “save” Germany from social and political chaos and spiritual...

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Trauma healing helps Nigerians address pain, loss

Jan 29, 2018 by and

CHIBOK, Nigeria — Cradling a faded school picture of her daughter, Kolo Adamu sat on the front porch of the Church of the Brethren meetinghouse. She recalled the months after the teen was abducted by Boko...

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Book review: ‘More Than One Thing is True’

Jan 15, 2018 by

I met Urbane Peachey about 20 years ago. I’d just accepted an invitation to serve as interim pastor for Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa. He was one of the pastors at Akron Mennonite Church, the...

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MCC medical aid reaches North Korea

Jan 1, 2018 by and

PYONGYANG, North Korea — It had been a long trek for eight small bags of medical supplies. They had been packed and re­packed, crossed an ocean, passed through three countries and numerous airport security...

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Loving hymns, aiding refugees

Dec 26, 2017 by and

A new album of hymns has raised around $6,000 for Mennonite Central Committee in one month. The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of 10 classic hymns recorded in a blues-rock-folk style. Shannon Koehler of...

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Mennonites join to provide food and shelter in DR Congo

Dec 4, 2017 by and

Displaced people who recently received food and shelter supplies distributed by Mennonite churches in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have seen unimaginable horrors. Innoncente Ngandu...

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Washington Witness: Hope disrupting hostility

Nov 20, 2017 by

For years, a wall of isolation between the United States and North Korea has been steadily building. The Korean War never officially ended, and it has been followed by decades of economic sanctions and frozen...

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MCC partner supports alternate rites of passage for girls

Nov 6, 2017 by and

Ana Laizer, a ninth-grade student in Longido, Tanzania, dreams of going to university to become a successful businesswoman. For many girls her age, this dream might never become reality. Access to education...

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Opinion: Bridging the differences

Nov 6, 2017 by and

For the broader Mennonite community, the work of Mennonite Central Committee often looks like relief sale auctions, Ten Thousand Villages stores and quilt blitzes. And all carry out the mission of MCC: a...

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