Reflections from the South Texas Borderland Tour

May 16, 2019 by

Kathy Neufeld Dunn joined others from Western District Conference on a borderlands learning tour May 6-10 sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Central States and supported by the WDC Immigration Task...

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Mother reclaims life after son’s murder

May 6, 2019 by and

CHICAGO — Corniki Bornds sits on the sofa in her living room, where reminders of her son, her only child, adorn the walls and shelves. Just around the corner is his room, a place she couldn’t enter for six...

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Value of fritters skyrockets at Calif. MCC auction

Apr 29, 2019 by and

When no volunteers stepped up to coordinate making fritters for the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction April 12-13 at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, attendees got a lesson in supply and...

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Longhurst: Canadian war-tax resisters

Apr 29, 2019 by

Like other Canadians, every year Ernie and Charlotte Wiens file their taxes. Unlike others, the LaSalle, Man., farming couple doesn’t send the federal government everything it says they owe — the part that...

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Washington Witness: It’s time to end the Korean War

Apr 15, 2019 by

For many people who follow the political developments between the United States and North Korea, the disappointment after the Hanoi summit was palpable. Rumors had been circulating of a potential agreement...

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Midyear retreat and My Lai

Apr 10, 2019 by

I went on a Mennonite Central Committee mid-year retreat March 22-24 to Hoi An, a once-crucial port city in central Vietnam that is now pretty much solely a tourist town. When we first arrived in Vietnam we...

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Peanut butter

Apr 8, 2019 by

About a month ago, I posted a meme on Facebook about peanut butter. Along with the photo, I said this: “The most U.S. American part of me — peanut butter! How many years have I been deprived of peanut...

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My Oma and me: building bridges with art

Apr 1, 2019 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On my first visit to Ramon St. Hilaire’s workshop, in a narrow alley in Port-au-Prince, I remember it smelled of fragrant, fresh-cut wood. Sawdust sparkled in the tropical air....

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Must we pay the price of blood?

Mar 18, 2019 by

Life is full of choices. One of ours is to resist war taxes. In our first year of marriage we protested militarism by writing to members of Congress but still making federal tax payments. In the 1960s, while...

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MCC has led the way to resettle refugees in Canada

Mar 18, 2019 by and

More than 12,500 refugees have been resettled in Canada by Mennonite Central Committee since it negotiated a historic agreement with the government on March 5, 1979. The agreement established the framework for...

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MCC projects support healthier students in Burundi

Mar 11, 2019 by and

NYANGUNGU, Burundi — Gaudence Nzotungandushe’s family faced many challenges before a local school started its health project. “Sometimes life is not easy for us, but it was very hard in the past,” she...

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Eyes that watch over us

Mar 4, 2019 by and

BOISE, Idaho — Though it’s in a remote part of southern Colombia, Puerto Asis Church of God doesn’t go unnoticed. “There are only two pairs of eyes that watch over us here in Puerto Asis: God and Hyde...

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Land of the Kanza

Mar 4, 2019 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Until a retired Mennonite pastor came along, Kanza tribal records indicated it had never happened before. No landowner had ever given something back to the Kanza people, also known as...

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Gospel of conquest

Mar 4, 2019 by

The gospel of conquest goes by many names: Manifest Destiny. White supremacy. American exceptionalism. Within the past several years, Mennonites have learned to know it as the Doctrine of Discovery. As we have...

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

Feb 18, 2019 by

For many Mennonites, the Brethren in Christ are distant spiritual cousins. The BIC, while firmly Anabaptist, have also drawn deeply from the wells of pietism and Wesley­anism, which has created some...

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Kreider helped start thriving thrift shop network

Feb 14, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Lois Kreider, who helped develop the first U.S. Mennonite thrift stores and was among the first Mennonite Central Committee workers in Europe after World War II, died Jan. 31 in North...

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Longhurst: Pioneer woman

Feb 4, 2019 by

Before #MeToo and #ChurchToo — before there even was the internet—there was Winnipegger Peggy Unruh Regehr. Unruh Regehr, who died Sept. 27 at the age of 89, was a pioneer in championing the cause of women...

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Amish teachers serve Old Colony schools in Mexico

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Two of the most traditional Anabaptist groups — Old Order Amish and Old Col­ony Mennonites — were only vaguely aware of each other 24 years ago. Since then, they’ve built a relationship of trust based...

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Dovish Trump

Feb 4, 2019 by

Many thanks to Paul Schrag and Mennonite Central Committee for welcoming President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from Syria. Trump backed away from the decision, but it was telling. Compared to our...

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A welcome disruption

Jan 21, 2019 by and

To Americans who’ve grown accustomed to long wars with no end in sight, it came as a shock when President Trump said on Dec. 19 that U.S. forces would leave Syria within 30 days. His advisers seemed as...

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Washington Witness: Early warning of empty tables

Jan 21, 2019 by

At Christmas, we celebrated love and shared the joy of God’s gift of himself as a light to all people. Christmas is a season of grace that sparks unconditional generosity to others. What about the rest of...

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A quilter’s legacy of generosity

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Emma Jean Landis saw a need and found a way to fill it. She was just that kind of person. One of the many ways the late Tunkhannock, Pa., resident did so was by quilting and making comforters for Mennonite...

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Congo violence diminishes; international aid continues

Dec 17, 2018 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Congo — Violence in the Kasaï region has diminished during the past year, but the economic struggles that inspired the fighting persist. An alliance of international Anabaptist organizations...

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Longhurst: The end of famine porn

Dec 17, 2018 by

It’s Christmas, a time for giving and also for asking. You will see lots of ads and letters asking you for money, including from aid groups. While you will see lots of photos of people in the developing...

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Swallowed by the sea

Dec 3, 2018 by

During his opening address at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoanga implored U.N. member states to hold each other accountable for...

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