Hutterite elder sought progress, lamented division

Sep 5, 2017 by and

Jacob Kleinsasser, a Hutterite elder whose broad vision for the betterment of Hutterite society included embracing education as a positive force, died Aug. 8 at Crystal Spring Hutterite Community in Manitoba....

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Shapers of conscience

Sep 5, 2017 by

I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I am a 9-year-old standing in the lunch line at school. I can hear the lunch lady asking my peers in front of me if they want white milk or chocolate milk. Unlike...

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MDS crews heading to Bloomington, Texas

Sep 1, 2017 by

BLOOMINGTON, Texas — A Mennonite Disaster Service assessment team moved deeper into the devastating footprint of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31 as they visited the town of Bloomington, southwest of Houston. The...

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8 advantages of a mobile mindset

Aug 31, 2017 by

I’ve always envied those who’ve lived in the same area their whole life. Their family is nearby; their friends know all their childhood secrets and family idiosyncrasies; their future appears more stable;...

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An urgent case for some ‘hilarious’ giving

Aug 30, 2017 by

All of us are shocked by the terrible effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas. And this represents only a fraction of the ongoing suffering experienced by millions in northern Africa and...

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After flood, a shower of love

Aug 28, 2017 by and

In the weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Mennonites in southeast Texas are finding ways to help their neighbors and multiply an outpouring of support from across the country. Church building damage ranges from...

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Vietnamese Fellowship drops ‘Mennonite’ name

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. The fellowship held its biennial conference June 30-July 1 at Calgary...

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What is Christian hope?

Aug 28, 2017 by

We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul — Heb. 6:19 Once, I received an email at my church account that claimed to be from a TV network. According to the email, they were seeking Mennonite...

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King: The sand fight

Aug 28, 2017 by

One cousin was already at the beach. When the other topped the dune and they spied one another, both galloped across sand and their different ages, 3 and nearly 5, arms outstretched. It was a thrill to watch,...

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Not deterred?

Aug 28, 2017 by

What happens to the doctrine of nuclear deterrence when leaders act in ways that suggest they lack sound judgment and restraint? The war of words between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump exposed the moral evil of...

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Could we do better?

Aug 28, 2017 by

Like B. Harry Dyck (“Opting to Be Humanist,” Letters & Comments, Aug. 14), I have struggled at times with the way God runs the universe. I could expand Dyck’s list of troubling issues. But...

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Glad to be plain

Aug 28, 2017 by

It was refreshing to read “New Home with Old Brethren” (Blog, July 17) by Nicci Price. The idea of plainness being appreciated and found biblical is something we don’t find in this paper very often....

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Book review: ‘A Vietnam Presence’

Aug 28, 2017 by

Beyond the history books, articles, memoirs and novels published about the U.S. war in Vietnam, Luke S. Martin’s A Vietnam Presence stands apart, presenting an entirely new context. Martin takes a forceful...

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Washington Witness: War without end?

Aug 28, 2017 by

When her amendment sailed through the House Appropriations Committee last month, even Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, was surprised. For more than a decade, she has been trying unsuccessfully to get...

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Total eclipse of the heart

Aug 28, 2017 by

Carsten Stein experienced a sense of welcome and belonging when he attended a gathering of a different German Anabaptist body in April. The Mennonite Brethren man wrote in a recent issue of Die Brücke that...

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Bible: A covenant of moral fruitfulness

Aug 28, 2017 by

Once I interviewed a Pentecostal pastor for a seminary project. He was famous locally for his prison ministry and outreach — as well as for his six-shooter-wearing swagger. In the course of the interview, he...

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Founders of new college draw from Anabaptism

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A new liberal arts college named after an Anabaptist martyr plans to open next fall in Boston, expecting to start with about 30 students. Sattler College intends to combine a rigorous education with guidance...

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History: White supremacist’s racist ‘faith’

Aug 28, 2017 by

More than 5,200 miles separate Charlottesville, Va., from the now-disappeared Russian Mennonite col­ony of Molotschna. But according to the geography of racial and ethnic hatred, they’re located virtually...

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Words redefined

Aug 28, 2017 by

Judging from “Conservative Evangelicals Revel in ‘Unprecedented’ Access to President” (World & Faith, July 31), the definitions of “conservative” and “evangelicals” have changed. I...

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A voice wavering

Aug 25, 2017 by

“I wanted to be big, real. Heard.” — Lucinda J. Miller, Anything But Simple I don’t know what it is in me that drives me to want to be heard. Once upon a time, a friend told me that she had detected a...

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Bethel College announces provisional candidate for president

Aug 24, 2017 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College on Aug. 24 announced Jonathan C. Gering, a 1994 Bethel alumnus and a professor and administrator at Truman State University, as the provisional candidate to be Bethel’s...

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The strangest day of my life

Aug 23, 2017 by

I’ve been looking forward to watching this eclipse for months. I love bizarre, dream-like experiences where the normal rules of life don’t seem to apply. Like when I was in Thailand, exploring a...

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Eclipse inspires, brings Anabaptists together

Aug 22, 2017 by and

The solar eclipse’s phase of totality may have been mere minutes, but activities surrounding the Aug. 21 event encompassed multiple days for several Mennonite congregations near or in the 70-mile-wide path...

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MDS responds to a different kind of disaster: homelessness

Aug 21, 2017 by

DENVER — At the annual meeting of the Mennonite Disaster Service Colorado Unit, board members decided to think outside the box. Instead of responding to a natural disaster, they would address a human...

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MCC U.S. statement on white supremacy and racism

Aug 21, 2017 by

Mennonite Central Committee is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and...

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