The quest for a nonviolent religion

Sep 27, 2018 by

The good news is human beings are a lot less violent today than at any other time in human history. The bad news is religion has been — and continues to be — a major contributor to violence. Those are a...

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Book review: ‘Education with the Grain of the Universe’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Over the past several decades, one remarkable initiative in Mennonite higher education has been in the new academic field of peace and conflict studies. Mennonite schools across North America — from Fresno...

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Absolute on abortion

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hillary Watson (Column, July 30) challenges Mennonites to ask, “Who are we and who do we want to be in the abortion debate?” Mennonites have defined themselves as people of peace even when the cost is...

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Evana solidifies collaborative vision

Jul 9, 2018 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — At 3 years old, the Evana Network is solidifying its identity as a collaborator with other Anabaptist denominations. During a delegate session at Evana’s third ReGen convention, held June...

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Book review: ‘Congo Shadows’

Jun 4, 2018 by

The story of the Democratic Republic of Congo casts a long, disturbing shadow. The legacy of colonialism thrusts malevolent roots into the kingdoms of the Congo basin, which sustains the second largest country...

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Opinion: What I learned from a founder of black theology

May 21, 2018 by

When James H. Cone, a leading founder of the black theology movement, died last month, I felt the loss personally. Cone’s book God of the Oppressed changed my theological career. Early on, I knew Mennonites...

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Abortion and peace

Mar 12, 2018 by

Celeste Kennel-Shank’s flexible position on permitting abortion is outrageous and unthinkable (“To Strive for Life,” Living Simply column, Feb. 26). I joined the Mennonite church because I believe Jesus...

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Can we love our enemies and kill them?

Mar 1, 2018 by

Jesus told us to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44). This has been the cornerstone of Christian pacifist theology — whether you look at the early church, or the Anabaptists or the early Pentecostals, they all...

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Prince of Peace’s troops

Feb 26, 2018 by

President Trump wanted a military parade. Were the troops and the brass eager to strike up a band? “I used to watch them in Bulgaria,” tweeted retired Gen. Michael Hayden, implying a dim view of such...

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A call to nonresistance

Jan 9, 2018 by

He leaned in close, looked me in the eyes and whispered, “When we’re out of here, out on the streets, I’ll get you.” I hardly knew how things had escalated so quickly. Bobby had been outside the...

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Did the Anabaptist reformers ‘win’?

Nov 29, 2017 by and

Theologian Karl Barth, a supreme definer of Christianity in the twentieth century, continues to influence Christian thinkers, notably with his admonition, “The church must always be reformed.” Not many...

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Pounding plowshares into swords

Nov 22, 2017 by

Imagine with me — it’s a beautiful Thursday afternoon. The leaves are fallen; the air is cool and crisp. Families everywhere have gathered together for their annual Thanksgiving celebrations. Suddenly, out...

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Building a peace resume together

Nov 1, 2017 by

“Everyone’s a pacifist between wars. It’s like being a vegetarian between meals.” — Colman McCarthy, journalist, pacifist and peace activist This coming Sunday evening at Rainbow Mennonite Church...

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Communities of nonviolence

Oct 17, 2017 by

Nonviolence is the decision to live without committing homicidal violence. It is comparable to the familiar choices to live without committing rape, or slavery or robbery. The decision to live without killing...

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Before you punch a Nazi: A new Anabaptist response to white supremacy

Aug 15, 2017 by

There isn’t much to be surprised by in Charlottesville. There’s much to grieve, but none of it should be a surprise. All the elements of Saturday’s events have been in headlines for months, or years, and...

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How Christians can reduce and prevent terrorism

Jun 27, 2017 by

We live in a world that is sadly marked by violence and terrorism. It seems like very few days go by, if any at all, without some horrible act of terror or random violence. The lead-up to the 2016 U.S....

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No, Christian pacifists are not cowards

May 18, 2017 by

I am a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, which naturally means I am a Christian pacifist. I refuse to use violence against my enemies or intentionally harm them in any way, even if they harm me. I will love my...

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Book review: ‘God Without Violence’

May 8, 2017 by

J. Denny Weaver’s latest book is popular theology written in response to a question asked by a child: Why did God kill his own son? The target audience for God Without Violence is those troubled by a...

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An open letter about endless war and North Korea

May 5, 2017 by

In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted the “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War” resolution. It described the United States’ engagement in “boundless and endless war.” Ever since the tragic events of...

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Jesus: king or prophet?

Apr 11, 2017 by

Why has the Jesus story become so timelessly influential across history? Why do so many people find something irresistibly attractive and fearful in it? And yes, why have so many adherents to this...

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‘From death to life’

Mar 27, 2017 by

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. — Col. 3:15 On Easter morning in April 1528 in Augsburg, Germany, almost 100 Anabaptists were rounded up by...

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Known for saving life

Feb 13, 2017 by

If Anabaptist Christians want to be taken seriously as people of peace, a consistent ethic of human life should be what we’re known for. This is not primarily in a political activist sense but in our...

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What you might not know about Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 16, 2017 by

I’ve recently been working through Martin Luther King Jr.’s A Testament of Hope. Here are some quick thoughts from my notes on this holiday honoring him. My overall thoughts are that King challenged...

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Supporters witness a victory at Standing Rock

Dec 19, 2016 by and

Representatives from Mennonite Central Committee were present Dec. 4 at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest when the word spread that the “water protectors” had won a...

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If ISIS killed your child

Sep 12, 2016 by

I recently read a blog post by a U.S. Army chaplain, who talks about his struggle with Jesus’ call to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In a military context, he regularly finds himself...

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