Book review: Exiled Among Nations

Jul 28, 2020 by

Exiled Among Nations: ­German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Trans­national Age is an impressive ­history of two Mennonite col­onies in the Paraguayan Chaco — Menno and Fernheim — during their...

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Another MWC assembly miracle?

Jul 16, 2020 by

Did you know that a pandemic has preceded three consecutive Mennonite World Conference assemblies in the Global South? For Zimbabwe in 2003, it was SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). For Paraguay in...

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Paraguayan shaped global Anabaptist theology

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Alfred Neufeld of Paraguay, a prolific author, theologian, historian and teacher who shaped Anabaptist theology globally, died June 24 in Münster, Germany, after treatment for liver cancer and kidney...

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Film gives refugees a voice

Apr 13, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — John Ens was just 9 years old when he boarded the Dutch passenger ship Volendam in 1947 for a voyage to freedom and safety. Right from birth, Ens, a member of McIvor Mennonite Breth­ren...

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Mennonites helped turn Paraguay into a mega beef producer — indigenous people may pay the price

Mar 30, 2020 by

The “new Panama Canal” — that’s how some are hailing a highway now under construction in South America that spans the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The Bi-Oceanic Corridor cuts through...

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Paraguay’s president visits farmers in western Chaco

Mar 30, 2020 by

LOMA PLATA, Paraguay — Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez and other political leaders visited Mennonite farms and attended the inauguration of a health post, a school expansion, a new road and a bridge...

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Bruderhof connection

Jan 27, 2020 by

Thank you for your excellent reporting on the diverse Anabaptist world. What prompts me to write is partly the excellent article on North Korea by Katerina Parsons from the Mennonite Central Committee...

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Welcome the stranger

Oct 28, 2019 by

Anabaptist history is defined by migrations, typically to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. What can get overlooked, on the flip side, is the welcome that made each chapter possible. Northern German...

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Zwieback and leprosy

Apr 18, 2019 by

The beat-up diesel pickup truck sputtered as it came over the hill into view. A half dozen men in torn filthy shirts stood in the bed of the truck, passing a bottle around, their fists pumping the air,...

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Former inmate leads a church inside a prison

Jul 23, 2018 by and

Pastor Ignacio Chamorro Ramírez’s flock isn’t typical. “My members are rapists, kidnappers, murderers and fraudsters — all washed by the blood of Jesus our Lord,” he said. Chamorro directs an...

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Paraguayans plead for release of captives

Nov 27, 2017 by and

RIO VERDE, Paraguay — A peace march of historic size and participation took place in September when thousands of conservative Mennonites from surrounding colonies took part in a demonstration in Santa...

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Coming to terms with Nazi collaboration

Mar 21, 2017 by and

FILADELFIA, Paraguay — Violence tore through this traditionally pacifist community on the night of March 11, 1944. All the more remarkable, its perpetrators and victims were all Mennonites. And they all...

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No statehood ambitions

Apr 25, 2016 by

Regarding “Leg­acy of a Mennonite State” by Ben Goossen (April 11): The headline seems inappropriate and misleading. What legacy or what Mennonite state is he referring to? Did Har­old S. Bender really...

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Legacy of a South American Mennonite state

Apr 18, 2016 by and

EBENFELD, Paraguay — Rain woke me in the night. The roar on the tin roof drowned out the frogs, if any were still singing. Only the thrashing of palms cut across the downpour. In the morning I learned that...

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Paraguayan critique

Mar 30, 2015 by

“The press,” writes Franklin Klassen, editor of Chaco-Press, a new monthly newspaper published in the Menno Colony of the Paraguayan Chaco, “is the conscience of a society. When offenses happen, the...

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