Commission reviewing national service, draft

Aug 27, 2018 by and

For much of 2018, a federal commission has been seeking input from the public on matters relating to national service and U.S. preparedness for a military draft. While few expect a draft to return, Mennonites...

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Return to national service concerns French churches

Jul 16, 2018 by and

A government plan to resurrect compulsory national service next year in France has Mennonites concerned about implications for young people in their congregations. While some details are not finalized, the...

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Life’s lessons learned

May 8, 2017 by

In 1950, U.S. leaders decided it would be a good thing to shoot some people in Korea who were called Communists. For young men of Anabaptist heritage, it was time to decide: bear arms or be conscientious...

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Portrait of global Anabaptism

Dec 12, 2016 by and

Results of a Mennonite World Conference survey of 24 member conferences show the church is growing and the gospel is spreading, primarily in the Global South. Many observers already knew MWC’s growth is...

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Paul’s letter to veterans

Dec 7, 2016 by

In Philippians 2:1-13, Paul exhorts the Christians of Philippi to be of one mind and one love. “Be uniform,” we might paraphrase. This kind of language would appeal to Christians in this place because many...

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To live and die for

Jun 20, 2016 by

The young volunteers of Plain Compassion Crisis Response in Iraq’s war zone not far from Islamic State fighters want “something to live and die for,” according to organization director Merle Weaver (June...

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An uneasy peace with Memorial Day

May 31, 2016 by

Being steeped in Anabaptism yet greatly appreciative of the liberties secured by the sacrifice of blood and treasure by millions of citizens over many years, I feel mental dissonance about Memorial...

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We need patience

Jan 5, 2015 by

Could we focus on unity in 2015? Without taking sides in the same-sex marriage issue, we could remind ourselves that the church has authority to interpret and reinterpret Scripture, even setting the canonical...

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If faced with this choice, what would you do?

Jan 5, 2015 by

In the second decade of the 21st century, something unforeseen arose among the Offspring of Gertrude and Menno. Congregations here and there began to call for a re-examination of the historic Mennonite peace...

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Losing peace, leaving identity

Jul 23, 2014 by

Groups have been trying for years to bridge the gap between Mennonitism and evangelicalism, but that bridge has always been unstable and inevitably fallen. Is another crash looming? This month, the U.S....

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