Anabaptist siblings: Brethren renew historic connections with Mennonites

Nov 11, 2015 by and

Since its founding in Ger­many in 1708, the Breth­­ren stream of Anabaptism has been associated with Mennonites, particularly for their shared opposition to war. Yet both groups have often overlooked their...

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EMM worker has lively encounters with Islam

Nov 11, 2015 by and

Teaching at European seminaries in September, David W. Shenk said conversations everywhere were about how to respond to the continent’s refugee crisis. Shenk, a member of Eastern Mennonite Missions’...

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Hesston president to conclude at end of academic year

Nov 11, 2015 by

HESSTON, Kan. — Hesston College President Howard Keim announced Oct. 22 he will transition away from his role at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, concluding 11 years of leadership as the college’s...

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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Nov 10, 2015 by

I will rejoice in Jerusalem and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. . . . The wolf and the lamb shall feed together. . . . They shall not hurt or...

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Opinion: Hear the conservative voice

Nov 10, 2015 by

The discussion in Mennonite Church USA about LGBTQ people in the life of the church seems not to welcome the conservative voice. Although many parts of the denomination still are largely represented by the...

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Bible: Paul, the restless preacher

Nov 10, 2015 by

The next four cities Paul and his companions visit — Thessalonica, Berea, Athens and Corinth — are all in what is now Greece. As they push westward, Luke demonstrates the promise the risen Jesus made to...

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Autumn needs All Saints Day

Nov 10, 2015 by

While the family photos of friends and their children in some really terrific All Hallows Eve costumes in my Facebook news feed are a fading memory, I keep wishing that “Halloween,” like so many other...

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Unite for peace

Nov 10, 2015 by

Pursuant to the “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War” resolution adopted by the Mennonite Church USA delegates in Kansas City last summer, isn’t now the time for peace church leaders to come together again...

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Purer but weaker

Nov 10, 2015 by

A purity parable: Alloys are stronger than pure metals. Pure metals have regular layers of atoms that slide over one another easily. In alloys, the different-sized atoms of the mixed metals make the atom...

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Preoccupied with sex

Nov 10, 2015 by

Should a historian one day evaluate the major theme dominating the church during our time, would he or she not say we were preoccupied by sexuality? When I graduated from college in the early 1950s, my...

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Our history is absorbed into our whiteness

Nov 10, 2015 by

In the beginning of his acclaimed book Between You and Me, written as a letter to his adolescent son, Ta-Nehisi Coates wonders how Mennonites came to be included within the “people who think of themselves as...

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USA and Canada — alike yet different

Nov 10, 2015 by

In many ways, Americans and Canadians are so much alike. We watch the same movies and TV, read the same books, watch the same sports, listen to the same music, follow the same celebrities and (mostly) speak...

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Caring for self is a must

Nov 10, 2015 by

In some circles, the term “self-care” is so overused as to elicit groans. In other places, the most likely response is, “What’s that?” In the hospital where I work as a chaplain, we talk with nurses,...

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MCC learning tour explores mass incarceration

Nov 9, 2015 by and

EPHRATA, Pa. — Sixteen participants in Mennonite Central Committee’s Pipeline to Prison learning tour journeyed through Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system, learning about law enforcement, sentencing,...

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Book review: ‘A Living Alternative’

Nov 9, 2015 by

Some of the brightest new voices in the Anabaptist tradition fill a recent anthology, A Living Alternative: Anabaptist Christianity in a Post-Christendom World. Twenty contributors offer their spiritual...

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Becoming Anabaptist

Nov 9, 2015 by

“I wasn’t born a Mennonite. I like to say I became one the old-fashioned way — I chose to be one as an adult.” While I wasn’t in Kansas City, Mo., July 1 to hear Hal Shrader make this statement in a...

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Franklin Conference proposes departure from MC USA

Nov 9, 2015 by and

Franklin Mennonite Conference is taking steps to leave Mennonite Church USA, citing concerns over other MC USA conferences’ allowance of same-sex relationships. A proposal to be discussed Nov. 12 during...

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Meet the Mennonite men who cook

Nov 9, 2015 by and

Mennonite men can cook, too. There’s a cookbook that says so. Goshen, Ind., resident Willard Roth has compiled his favorite recipes and gathered his guy friends to add to the collection. The result is a...

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Eyeing the pastorate, gay student leaving Tabor

Nov 9, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Ryne Preheim wanted to be a Mennonite Brethren pastor. He enrolled at Tabor College in the fall of 2014 to pursue that goal and see if he could reconcile his Christianity with being gay. A...

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Conference leaders tell of withdrawal processes

Nov 2, 2015 by and

ARCHBOLD, Ohio — Representatives of three Mennonite Church USA area conferences — Lancaster, Franklin and North Central — reported on their processes of deciding whether to leave the denomination Oct....

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MCC aids deportees in Haiti

Nov 2, 2015 by

As thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent face deportation from the Dominican Republic, Mennonite Central Committee is offering humanitarian aid and calling on people to pray and advocate on...

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WDC: Same-sex marriage won’t bring censure

Nov 2, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Western District Conference delegates on Oct. 31 gave pastors the freedom to perform same-sex marriages if their congregations approve. The unprecedented action conflicts with Mennonite...

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Bethel College community mourns student’s death

Oct 26, 2015 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Qadrey Tolliver, 18, a first-year Bethel College student from Kempner, Texas, died in an automobile accident Oct. 20 in Texas. Tolliver was a member of the women’s basketball team....

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Lancaster Conference bishops recommend withdrawal from MC USA

Oct 26, 2015 by and

The Lancaster Mennonite Conference Board of Bishops has affirmed a resolution recommending the conference withdraw from Mennonite Church USA. The proposal now goes to credentialed leaders for a vote. In an...

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Hope and expectation

Oct 23, 2015 by

There are two kinds of wonder, Hal Shra­der said in a sermon at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 1 in Kansas City, Mo., as he preached on the Luke 24 account of Jesus’ resurrection. One is confusion...

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