Churches discuss response to lethal threats

Nov 5, 2018 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — As Mennonites gathered in a church basement Oct. 27 to discuss how they might respond to a shooter in their church, cell phones buzzed with news of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The...

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Independent seminary launches Anabaptist program

Nov 5, 2018 by and

An independent seminary in the Chicago area is launching an Anabaptist Studies Program featuring a pastor and author recently terminated as visiting lecturer from the Mennonite Breth­ren Fresno (Calif.)...

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At Doxology, praise God and pour the coffee

Nov 5, 2018 by and

Not for the first time, Life­Bridge Community Church saw a need in Dover, Ohio, and did something about it. What used to be the Mennonite congregation’s foyer is now a coffeehouse, which will open to the...

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Help goes full circle in Florida after Hurricane Michael

Nov 2, 2018 by

MARIANNA, Fla. — Dwight Cloud was still, little by little, clearing debris from his yard, more than two weeks after Hurricane Michael struck his town of Marianna on Oct. 10. Though his 100-year-old house...

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What Amish have to teach us

Oct 31, 2018 by

I live in Lancaster County, Pa., home to one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the world. My work brings me into regular contact with the Amish. I have come to believe that one of today’s notable...

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Commemoration at the Presidio

Oct 26, 2018 by

Recently I had the privilege of being asked to speak in San Francisco at the event, Presidio 27: “Mutiny” at the Stockade. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the peaceful sit-down by 27 Army...

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The waste of love

Oct 23, 2018 by

I wake up with a dark hole of emptiness eating through my chest, and it takes me a second to realize why. My little girl is gone. The child that I loved from the minute I set eyes on her is gone. I still...

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Watson: Questions about marijuana

Oct 22, 2018 by

This November, four states will vote on legalizing marijuana: Utah and Missouri for medical use and North Dakota and Michigan for adult recreational use. If all four proposals pass, the national total would...

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Trust not in division

Oct 22, 2018 by and

From church divisions to political mudslinging, trust is in short supply. Mennonite Church USA’s Southeast Mennonite Conference voted Oct. 5-6 to leave the denomination. The U.S. election — finally mere...

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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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King: Yays and High Fives

Oct 22, 2018 by

Sometimes it takes someone who is 2 (“and a half,” she stresses) to lead the way. For 40 years, starting in our 20s, weeks after the arrival of our first daughter, our family has spent summer retreat time...

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598 is not enough

Oct 22, 2018 by and

What are the chances that a Mennonite teenager today will go to a Mennonite Church USA college or university? Not that good, and much less than 10 years ago, according to Mennonite Education Agency. Over the...

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Book review: Warriors who renounced war

Oct 22, 2018 by

Three decades ago, Julie Putnam Hart sat in a peace lecture opposing the Stra­tegic Defense Initiative, commonly known as Star Wars. Intrigued by the presenter’s journey, she wanted to understand how a...

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Washington Witness: Today’s scapegoats

Oct 22, 2018 by

We have a long history in the United States of blaming immigrants — whether German, Irish, Catholic, Chinese or, more recently, Hispanic and Muslim — for society’s ills. Immigrants are called criminal...

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Southeast Conference withdraws

Oct 15, 2018 by and

After a three-year discernment process, delegates of Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA have voted to leave the denomination. Southeast’s Leadership Board brought the proposal to the...

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New Bethel president seeks harvest of learning

Oct 15, 2018 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Bethel College community celebrated the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering as the college’s 15th president on Oct. 7 during Fall Festival. The wheat design on the program and the...

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A formula for atheism

Oct 12, 2018 by

A few years ago the pastor of an evangelical-fundamentalist church with whom I’m acquainted announced on the Sunday after Easter that he had become an atheist. He told his stunned congregation that he had...

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Bipolar research studies Mennonite genetics

Oct 8, 2018 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “The Mennonite game” — tracing the genealogy of a new acquaintance to find a common ancestor — might be a fun pastime for people with Mennonite backgrounds, but such a relatively...

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No fear of feminism

Oct 8, 2018 by and

Is Christian feminism an oxymoron? Is “radical” feminism a threat to Christianity? How can Mennonites contribute to justice and healing as a culture-shifting reckoning with sexual violence — which has...

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‘You don’t belong here’

Oct 8, 2018 by

People of color can’t get a break these days. When their rights aren’t being eliminated, they are harassed by white neighbors. There has been a rash of whites reporting people of color to the police for...

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Ex-members of ultra-traditional groups share stories

Oct 8, 2018 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Leaving a highly traditional religious community can exact a high price, but for many participants in a recent conference, the costs of remaining were even higher. Although most of the...

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U.S. college, seminary enrollment mostly down

Oct 8, 2018 by and

Bright spots are few as U.S. Mennonite higher education institutions report shrinking enrollment numbers this fall. Though overall student totals are up at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elk­hart,...

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Three years exploring Mennoworld

Oct 8, 2018 by and

This is my final editorial for MWR. After three years as assistant editor and web editor, I’ve decided to try freelance journalism. It’s been satisfying to connect with people across the Anabaptist...

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Show mercy like Jesus

Oct 5, 2018 by

A common perception is that Christians lack compassion, humility and kindness. Fair or unfair, the impression has stuck that we in the church often resemble the biblical Pharisees. One commentator refers to...

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A journey to cover

Oct 2, 2018 by

“Excuse me, Ma’am.” “Yes?” I said, a little surprised by the short-haired, long-bearded man with tattoos covering his forearms. I had just buckled my littlest child into his car seat and was...

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