History: At war’s end, a last gasp of violence

Oct 22, 2018 by

One hundred years ago next month, on Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice brought World War I to an end, ceasing the four-year-old conflagration that resulted in 40 million casualties, unprecedented destruction and...

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A civil rights reunion

Oct 10, 2018 by

While on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., J. Lawrence Burkholder participated in an integration effort on March 31, 1964, in Saint Augustine, Fla., which made headlines in newspapers...

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Mennonites and empire

Sep 26, 2018 by

Every Mennonite in the small town of Goessel, Kan., knows the date 1874. It is emblazoned on the “Turkey Red Wheat Palace,” erected on the centennial of Mennonites’ migration to the Great Plains from...

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Change without a bang

Sep 4, 2018 by

As a child, one of the things that fascinated me about Mennonites of the past was dress, particularly the head covering. What would it have been like to be marked, physically, by your religion? To have people...

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Our hymns shape our church

Aug 27, 2018 by

“Out of the fullness of the heart, the language of each mortal springs. If you would truly know a man, just listen to the songs he sings.” — Amish hymn writer John Paul Raber, Songs from Within...

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Book review: ‘The Russian Mennonite Story’

Jul 16, 2018 by

According to popular lore, the sojourning Mennonites in Europe found refuge in Russia, where they flourished until 1917, when the Russian Revolution unleashed horrific persecution of these peaceful, faithful...

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A Lancaster historian seeks Mennonite hair art

Jul 9, 2018 by

It’s a well-known story. It was July 25, 1896, and there had been a party at the home of John Musser in Witmer, Pa., and many young Mennonites had gathered to socialize, perhaps discussing the quarterly...

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History: When Mennonites persecuted Mennonites

Jun 18, 2018 by

Since Anabaptism’s birth nearly five centuries ago, adherents have been persecuted for their faith by civil authorities, from Austrian archdukes to American courts to Vietnamese police. For the Mennonite...

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Mennonites mark 60 years in Belize

Jun 11, 2018 by and

Sixty years ago, Mennonites from Chihua­hua, Mexico, crossed the Belize River and landed at a flat area now called the Mennonite Beach. What the settlers saw in 1958 was a dense rain forest on land they...

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Such little change

Jun 4, 2018 by

My enjoyment of competing in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this spring was undermined by the heavy presence of U.S. Army and Marine Corps recruiting. This is a continuation of the militarization of...

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Book review: ‘Harold and Arlene: Ministers to Many’

May 21, 2018 by

A new and inspiring biography tells the story of a pastoral couple with a deep love for God and the Mennonite Church. With lives spanning most of the 20th century, Harold and Arlene Eshleman navigated a time...

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Kennel-Shank: Misplaced superiority

May 21, 2018 by

I felt a surge of pride to be Mennonite while reading Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, a history of U.S. racist and antiracist ideas. He described the 1688 Germantown Petition Against Slavery as...

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Book review: ‘EMU: A Century of Countercultural Education’

Apr 23, 2018 by

Like all religious groups, Mennonites have always wrestled with how to maintain basic group beliefs and practices while still inhabiting a particular cultural context. In Christian parlance, they’ve...

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Lancaster’s changes

Apr 23, 2018 by

In response to Richard Sho­walter’s take on why Lancaster Mennonite Conference left Mennonite Church USA (March 26), I’ll add a few observations. More than 75 years ago I became a baptized member of LMC,...

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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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Scholars uncover hidden stories of the Holocaust

Mar 19, 2018 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — In 2004, Joachim Wieler of Wei­mar, Germany, opened a small wooden box he inherited after his mother’s death. To his surprise and horror, it contained letters his late father wrote...

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Showalter: God still tends roots

Mar 12, 2018 by

Fran Martin, a Mennonite woman in eastern Pennsylvania, accompanied a friend to India 10 years ago. She was certain she would never return to India. She was wrong. While there, she met a young West Bengali...

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Reconciliation comes to Congo after betrayal, remorse

Mar 12, 2018 by , and

The community lined the sides of the road to welcome six vehicles rolling in from an arduous 500-mile journey from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 30 Congolese Mennonite leaders and mission...

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Fellowship to crack open KGB archives

Mar 5, 2018 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — In the 1930s, thousands of Mennonites disappeared in the Soviet Union without a trace. The KGB archives in Ukraine has thousands of files on these missing Mennonites. A new fellowship at the...

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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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Why did the FBI single out Bethel?

Feb 26, 2018 by

During the Vietnam War era, students and some faculty at Mennonite colleges were involved in protest movements. The FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, saw the student movements as a great national danger. Without...

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Myron Augsburger remembers Billy Graham

Feb 26, 2018 by and

Myron Augsburger admired Billy Graham but didn’t take his advice. It was about 1950 or ’51 when the aspiring Mennonite evangelist first talked to Graham — already well on his way to becoming...

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Turn back the clock?

Feb 26, 2018 by

Thank you, Rich Preheim, for a helpful history lesson on Lancaster Mennonite Conference and its relationship to the broader church over the years. Perhaps you unwittingly offered a way to resolve our current...

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History: Lancaster chooses its own path

Feb 12, 2018 by

Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s divorce from Mennonite Church USA became official Jan. 1. The separation reflects the tensions that have plagued the denomination since its inception, but it says more about...

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For Old Colonists, education without assimilation?

Feb 12, 2018 by and

Wendy Crocker calls herself an “edgewalker” on the border between two cultures. As a principal in two Ontario elementary schools, she developed a passion for understanding the children from Old Colony...

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