Heritage Week causes division in Canada

Jun 24, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — It seemed like an inoffensive gesture for the House of Commons to initiate a Mennonite Heritage Week, but reaction from Mennonites has been split, with some concerned the recognition goes...

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Ethnic or faith heritage?

Jun 24, 2019 by

It’s innocently called shorthand. The word “Mennonite” can be used to describe a theology, or an ethnicity, or both. Each is valid in its own way. But painful damage is done when we disregard a faith...

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Confession of Faith in a Progressive Mennonite Perspective

Jun 20, 2019 by

Introduction Every age group in the United States is less religiously involved than it was a generation ago. In particular, the number of youth and young adults dropping out of the church has been growing at...

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Kriss: What does it mean to be Anabaptist?

Jun 10, 2019 by

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s recent research expanded the pool of groups included under the Anabaptist umbrella. The Community of Christ has moved toward declaring itself a peace church....

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You’ve got a friend in PA

May 29, 2019 by

A core concept of social psychology is the idea that people negotiate their identities depending on their contexts. While you are always, in some ways, yourself, some parts of your identity are emphasized and...

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What does it mean to be Anabaptist today?

May 17, 2019 by

I am not one of those people who says, “I’m not religious, I just love Jesus” or “I don’t belong to any denomination, I’m just a Christian.” Rather, I have sometimes said, “Those who are sure...

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Canadian author looks back on controversy, faith

Apr 29, 2019 by and

Fifty-seven years ago, a young Mennonite author published a book that turned the Canadian Mennonite world upside down. That author was Rudy Wiebe, and the book was Peace Shall Destroy Many — the first novel...

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Who are we?

Apr 29, 2019 by

I was intrigued by Charlie Kraybill’s response to Ryan Ahl­grim (Letters & Comments, April 15 print edition). I don’t hear much these days about promoting peace across the church in general. But...

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‘Mennonite’ isn’t the problem

Apr 26, 2019 by

I could not disagree more strongly with Ryan Ahl­grim’s suggestion that the name “Mennonite” be thrown on the trash heap of history (Blog, “It’s time to change the Mennonite name”). I believe the...

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It’s time to change the Mennonite name

Mar 25, 2019 by

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Mennonite”? I immediately think of Mennonite Central Committee relief sales, quilts, suspenders, prayer coverings, farmers, borscht,...

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Mennonite food

Feb 8, 2019 by

I grew up on a small mixed farm on the prairies, with a large garden that provided all of our fruits and vegetables for a year as well as providing some produce for market. I definitely took it for granted...

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Marketing isolation

Jan 21, 2019 by

The Dec. 17 editorial, “Two Trends to Watch,” highlighted the was “loss of trust in institutions.” This should be understood as a deeper loss of connection to institutions. There is an epidemic of...

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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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Anabaptist Iceland

Sep 24, 2018 by

Despite being well-suited for Anabaptists, Iceland is devoid of them. Perhaps the most literate country in the world just hasn’t heard about our brand of faith yet. Maybe Arctic Circle agriculture’s brief...

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Mennonite identity amid the Fresno fiasco

Sep 12, 2018 by

A lot of talk has been happening in the Mennonite Twitter world (which is a pretty weird overlap of two very different realms) in the past few days about changes in a master’s program at Fresno Pacific...

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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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A loss for all

Aug 27, 2018 by

A sign of the times, outside Goshen, Ind. The stories in Paul Schrag’s editorial (“Mysterious Initials,” Aug. 13) also represent a loss for progressive Mennonites. The frame of reference for who we are...

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Mysterious initials

Aug 13, 2018 by

There’s nothing sacred about the word “Mennonite.” Nor is it anything to be ashamed of. Somewhere between those extremes is a venerable religious identity with a rich history, many positive connotations...

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Opinion: What’s our inclusion ritual?

Jul 30, 2018 by and

In “From Belief to Belonging: Open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada congregations”, Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe describes how open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada...

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Conservative Conference rebrands with initials

Jul 30, 2018 by and

MONTGOMERY, Ind. — Conservative Mennonite Conference has rebranded — for now — as CMC. In a move similar to that of Lancaster Mennonite Conference earlier this year, CMC ministers voted unanimously July...

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Miller: Objects of curiosity

Apr 9, 2018 by

Tim Huber’s editorial, “A Name Worth Keeping” (March 12), supported keeping “Mennonite” as an identifier even though it raises questions among many people unfamiliar with us. I found it timely and...

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Should a church have rules?

Mar 19, 2018 by

Growing up, I was mostly very compliant with rules of any sort. I didn’t just accept everything at face value — I often turned things over in my mind and tried to make sense of them — but I didn’t...

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A name worth keeping

Mar 12, 2018 by

What’s in a name? For Tim Unruh of Hillsboro, Kan., it’s more than a hill of beans. His decision to name his Menno Beans coffee roasting venture after Menno Simons is an ode to his faith heritage and an...

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Coffee venture seeks to caffeinate Mennonite identity

Mar 5, 2018 by and

True evangelical coffee cannot lie dormant. With every batch of beans he roasts, Tim Unruh of Hillsboro, Kan., is putting his faith into practice. His product — Menno Beans — is a reflection not just of...

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Spiritual starvation

Feb 12, 2018 by

I thank God daily for the grace of growing up in a strong Mennonite community. As a prodigal returning to faith and looking for a church home, I applaud the great outreach and service of the Mennonite church....

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