Is our religion about fixing America?

Sep 20, 2017 by

During the 1980s, I worked as a civil legal aid attorney for indigent men and women. Their legal claims concerned debt relief and access to health care, food and housing. More than any other time in my life,...

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New Mexico church calls first openly LGBTQ lead pastor in MC USA

Sep 19, 2017 by and

Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church has called an openly LGBTQ person to be their lead pastor, becoming the first congregation to do so in Mennonite Church USA. The church of about 150 attenders announced...

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Escaping tyranny of the past

Sep 19, 2017 by

Afew days ago I found myself at an event called “The Art Between Us.” It was an eclectic gathering of souls: Women shared hard-learned truths in the form of poems or original music. Others, like me, were...

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Relief and gratefulness after Hurricane Irma

Sep 18, 2017 by and

Unlike the 40-day flood Noah prepared for, members of Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvacion (Ark of Salvation Mennonite Church) in Fort Myers, Fla., took refuge from Hurricane Irma in their church building for...

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Tons of clothes await fun-loving volunteers

Sep 18, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The payoff for a four-hour weekly round-trip to volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee comes in the joy of service, fun and fellowship. Every Wednesday, some of the volunteers get up...

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3 things I love about being an Anabaptist

Sep 18, 2017 by

When you belong somewhere, you are home. That’s why I appreciate not only my Anabaptist heritage, but my current experience as well. I think Anabaptists have a special niche that many other church groups do...

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Human just like us

Sep 15, 2017 by

“I can understand that Jesus is our example in spiritual things, but for day-to-day living, that just doesn’t make any sense.” My friend raised a good point. After all, Jesus never had to deal with high...

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Why would Jesus talk about hell?

Sep 13, 2017 by

Jesus talked about hell more than all the other Bible authors combined. Hell is mentioned explicitly 23 times in the New Testament, and in 16 of those times, Jesus is the one who utters the words. He...

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Muted voices in World War I, and today

Sep 12, 2017 by and

An unsuccessful effort to locate artifacts related to World War I conscientious objection was an unexpected blessing for developers of an exhibit that will be featured at a symposium on the topic this October...

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A reflection on ‘Land Sunday’

Sep 12, 2017 by

Note: The “Season of Creation” is a contemporary liturgical and lectionary movement celebrated during the four Sundays in September prior to St. Francis of Assisi Day (Oct. 4). This ecumenical observance...

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Franconia Conference might stretch coast to coast

Sep 11, 2017 by and

Franconia Mennonite Conference may receive three Indonesian congregations from the other side of the country at its assembly this November. It would be a coast-to-coast relationship. The Indonesian...

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Kraybill: Confronting a narcissistic ruler

Sep 11, 2017 by

The moral character of a ruler can reach such low ebb that prophets arise to name and condemn the scoundrel’s behavior, even if the ruler strikes back. In totalitarian states, immoral rulers imprison or...

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Book review: ‘The Radical Muslim and Mennonite’

Sep 11, 2017 by

During a Muslim-Christian peacemaking meeting in Indonesia in 2003, Mesach Krisetya, president of Mennonite World Conference, made a speech. Seeking to dismantle negative stereotypes of Christians —...

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Bible: High-stakes Sabbath

Sep 11, 2017 by

At my ordination interview, I didn’t give the best answer when the committee asked me about my practices of self-care. “One day each week I take a sabbath rest,” I said brightly. And then for good...

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Does God intervene?

Sep 11, 2017 by

If B. Harry Dyck (“Opting to Be Humanist,” Letters & Comments, Aug. 14) would read Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan he might understand that a just God must impose discipline. This just God...

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Truth with a capital T

Sep 11, 2017 by

Loren Yoder’s letter, “Too Much Justified Sin” (Aug. 14), was significant to contemporary believers and Truth. I predict a majority of the liberal-progressive Mennonites of today would see very little...

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No asterisks for us

Sep 11, 2017 by

At the Mennonite Church USA convention, attendees were asked by a worship leader to move from a diseased and disordered love — the church’s long history of putting an asterisk by its love — to a...

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Kriss: Our sighs and our work are our prayers

Sep 11, 2017 by

Houston Mennonite Church Pastor Marty Troyer told me on Aug. 31, “I’ve sighed a lot in these past few days,” referring to the Spirit’s pleading on our behalf through sighs and groans as outlined in the...

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Kennel-Shank: Examine motivations

Sep 11, 2017 by

It all began with a squash plant, a Pennsylvania Dutch crookneck, to be exact. Like all winter squash, it needs room to grow and many weeks to mature. Too late, I realized I had only ever grown winter squash...

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Tearing down idols

Sep 11, 2017 by

On a 1986 trip to the Soviet Union, students from Tabor and Bethel colleges could count on seeing two things in every city: a monument to the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and a statue of Vladimir Lenin...

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Always reforming

Sep 11, 2017 by

The church is always reforming. Exhausting as it is, it’s a necessity. Just as our bodies continually fight death by renewing themselves every way they possibly can, healthy church bodies must do the...

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Twisting the cross: white supremacy’s deadly theology

Sep 8, 2017 by and

I’m in Tennessee on a little mountain getaway, trying to write a book. As soon as I got down here and settled in, I heard about a white supremacist rally planned for this past weekend, at one of the...

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Stupid and cheerful

Sep 7, 2017 by

At the Poor People’s Campaign rally in Topeka, Kan., Rev. William Barber told us about a map of the United States. A map that shows what states have the highest rates of poverty, poorest health care access,...

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Searching for treasure

Sep 6, 2017 by

The kids could hardly wait until it was time. They’d watched us spread out the wood shavings on the lawn. Then they stayed to watch us toss pennies, nickels and dimes into the shavings. Finally, it was time....

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Mennonite Brethren draw churches seeking a new home

Sep 5, 2017 by and

North Central Mennonite Conference voted to dissolve at its annual assembly in Exeland, Wis., but that doesn’t necessarily mean its congregations are going their separate ways. Most of the former Mennonite...

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