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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Account of an Anabaptist immigrant

Jan 10, 2018 by

My name is Henry Clemmer. I was Henrich (or Heinrich) until I immigrated to an English-speaking colony in Pennsylvania. My last name also has many variations in Switzerland from where my family originates:...

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History: Remembering some anniversaries

Jan 1, 2018 by

As 2017 passes into the annals of history, let’s remember some of the year’s more important and interesting Anabaptist anniversaries. 475 years ago (1542) — Authorities in Leeuwarden, capital of the...

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Former prison becomes Swiss Mennonite couple’s home

Dec 11, 2017 by and

Spears to pruning hooks. Swords to plowshares. And since April 1, Anabaptist prison to cozy apartment. Already a tourist hotspot for Mennonites, portions of Trachselwald Castle could even become an...

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Book review: ‘Plain Meetinghouses’

Dec 4, 2017 by

With all the attention given to the way plain Anabaptists live their daily lives, it’s easy to forget that they are, at a fundamental level, a worshiping people. Beth Oberholtzer and John Herr have created...

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Franconia, Eastern District move to unite

Dec 4, 2017 by and

Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference may unite by November 2019, ending a 170-year separation. At the two Mennonite Church USA conferences’ joint assembly Nov. 3-4 at Dock Mennonite...

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Mennonites in Argentina celebrate centennial, witness

Nov 20, 2017 by and

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Performing before hundreds of Mennonites and passersby at a downtown park Sept. 16, a drama troupe from the Mennonite church in Villa Adelina mimed challenges and struggles facing...

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Fundamentally flawed: How Mennonites failed to be faithful

Oct 23, 2017 by

I grew up believing my Mennonite religious tradition originated as a part of the Anabaptist movement. I would’ve been incredulous if someone had told me then that our theological underpinnings originated...

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Book review: ‘Recollections of a Sectarian Realist’

Oct 23, 2017 by

College president, relief administrator and theologian J. Lawrence Burkholder died in Goshen, Ind., in 2010 at age 93. Shortly afterward, his daughter Myrna began editing oral interviews that historian Arnold...

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Kriss: A falling tower

Oct 23, 2017 by

We came to the party late. Mennonite Church USA created a national denominational superstructure just in time for the whole idea to crumble in Protestant circles. I still remember my hopeful response as we...

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My grandma and Colin Kaepernick

Oct 13, 2017 by

In his op-ed in The New York Times, Chris Reid describes why he and Colin Kaepernick “took a knee” during the national anthem last year. “[M]y faith moved me to take action,” he wrote. “I looked to...

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Yoders celebrate 300 years in America

Oct 9, 2017 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Perhaps no other name is as closely linked with the American Mennonite and Amish faiths than Yoder. It’s the 598th most common last name in the United States, according to the U.S....

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No halfway liberty

Oct 9, 2017 by

The protest that shook the world began 500 years ago this month. On a church door in the Saxon town of Wittenberg, an obscure German monk posted 95 statements of dispute with Catholicism. It was Oct. 31, 1517....

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Yahweh Has Always Been a Peacenik

Oct 5, 2017 by

Where did Jesus get his inspiration? From the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, of course. Little of what Jesus said was original with him. His genius was not so much in the substance of his sayings as in...

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Mennonite editor charged with sedition

Aug 14, 2017 by

In the middle of World War I, on June 15, 1917, the highly controversial Espionage Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The Act provided for a penalty of up to 20...

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Book review: ‘Re-Envisioning Service’

Jul 31, 2017 by

The greatest success of the Civilian Public Service era is not the effect it had on the church during World War II, as significant as that was. Rather, its crowning achievement was the resulting ethos of...

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History: Bethlehem ’83: coming together and apart

Jul 17, 2017 by

When the General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church met in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1983 for their first joint convention, MC moderator Ross Bender and his GC counterpart, Jacob Tilitzky, placed their...

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Book review: ‘Chosen Nation’

Jul 17, 2017 by

In 1941, as German armies advanced across Europe, C. Henry Smith, a historian at Bluffton College, expressed his dismay at the enthusiastic support many German Mennonites had given to Adolf Hitler and the...

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Book review: ‘Unexpected Invitations’

Jun 19, 2017 by

In Unexpected Invitations, Angela and Erwin Rempel tell of serving together in Mennonite ministries for four decades. From Brazil to Botswa­na and Pennsylvania to Kansas, they heeded God’s calls with a...

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