CJP director undertakes 40-day fast for healing

Mar 13, 2017 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In preparation for his 40-day fast, which began Ash Wednesday March 1, Daryl Byler has made a few changes to his recreational reading. The lawyer, ordained minister and executive director...

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Supporting life during Lent

Mar 6, 2017 by

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? — 1 John 3:17 (NLT) I’ve always found it hard to...

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What is a peace church? People of color define it

Feb 27, 2017 by and

HAMPTON, Va. — It is time for white leaders and members of Mennonite Church USA to reconsider what it means to be a peace church, participants said at a gathering of people of color in leadership roles. More...

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How to pray powerfully for peace

Feb 17, 2017 by

I’ve written before on praying for peace and how to pray for peace when you can’t find the words, but I’m still wrestling with how to pray for peace. If faith the size of a mustard seed can move a...

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Book review: ‘Both My Sons’

Feb 13, 2017 by

I’m not one of those folks who reads historical fiction and longs for the past, for a more bucolic way of life and the wonder that might accompany the discovery of new frontiers. Indeed, I know a work of...

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Offering my opinion

Feb 3, 2017 by

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he...

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Jesus only

Feb 2, 2017 by

Matthew 17 tells the story of Jesus taking Peter, James and John to a mountain, where they witnessed his transfiguration. The Bible says, “his face shone as the sun, and his clothes became white as light.”...

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Washington Witness: Israel’s status quo

Jan 30, 2017 by

After months of speculation about a United Nations Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, everyone assumed it was no longer in the works when the Security Council seemed to wrap up its work before...

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Hope finds way to grow

Jan 2, 2017 by

The English language does a disservice to the word “hope.” It’s too short, too glib. Lips are finished pronouncing it almost before the sound establishes a presence. Spanish takes a different approach....

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Learning to plow — a New Year’s resolution

Jan 2, 2017 by

Ever since the second week of Advent, I had planned to write a piece. Some brilliant little nugget about beating swords into plowshares, wolves and lambs, and children leading us. I wanted to write something...

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Washington Witness: Votes reveal divisions

Dec 19, 2016 by

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile...

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MCC Christmas message: Pray with us for peace

Dec 15, 2016 by , and

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. Exactly 200 years ago, in the...

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Time to get realistic

Dec 5, 2016 by

We encourage MWR and its readers to use this time of transition between presidents to speak up for a more realistic and less interventionist U.S. stance in the world. For 15 years, our country has been at war....

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Firm foundations for relational health

Nov 30, 2016 by

We have done a disservice to our children in terms of relational health. We have, in a myriad of ways, taught them not how to handle conflict or to reconcile relationships, but to avoid conflict and deny its...

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EMM worker inspires Bangladeshi churches to build bridges of peace

Nov 7, 2016 by and

Assemblies of God churches in Bangladesh have a profound commitment to peacemaking. Five Bangladeshi church districts welcomed Eastern Mennonite Missions global consultant David W. Shenk recently to visit,...

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Watson: Love the land together

Nov 7, 2016 by

Recently, in an endless Facebook scroll, I saw the phrase “reintegration of Trump voters.” The phrase, now lost to the annals of endless scrolls, stuck with me. On Nov. 9, the “yuge” year-plus...

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Why, in the end, I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton

Nov 4, 2016 by

Few of the people I know, even those who strongly supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, are agonizing about their presidential vote next week. It is clear to just about everyone in my circles, it seems,...

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Opinion: After ‘no’ vote, what’s next for Colombia?

Oct 24, 2016 by

The transformative power of the process that sought to end Colombia’s 50-year civil war was evident in the bilateral cease-fire and the FARC guerrillas’ commitment to meet their objectives through dialogue...

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Fear at the root

Oct 24, 2016 by

I commend the excellent, timely editorials [on the peace accord in Colombia and athletes protesting racial injustice by not standing for the national anthem] in the Sept. 26 issue. I appreciate your effort to...

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Powell: What kind of savior?

Oct 24, 2016 by

In a past column I asked, “Are you looking for Jesus?” I wrote that some people are looking for Jesus to provide material possessions. Their actions are geared to assure that people who are unlike them...

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Not endless after all

Sep 26, 2016 by

“War-torn” preceded “Colombia” in media reports for so long it seemed the three words would always cling together. For more than 50 years Colombia endured the longest war in the Americas. Fighting...

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A simple way to world peace? Recognize America as ‘beast’

Sep 22, 2016 by

I offer what follows as a thought experiment, an attempt to flesh out a recent late night rumination. I finished reading a fine book by Douglas Fry, Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace. Fry, who is an...

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Colombians celebrate historic peace accord

Sep 19, 2016 by and

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Angélica Rincón could not stop smiling. All around her, crowds cheered and waved signs, banners and Colombian flags. Rin­cón — like others who have worked with Mennonite Central...

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If ISIS killed your child

Sep 12, 2016 by

I recently read a blog post by a U.S. Army chaplain, who talks about his struggle with Jesus’ call to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In a military context, he regularly finds himself...

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Return of the King

Sep 12, 2016 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Creators of a musical about the life and teachings of Christ have resurrected the work with hopes of reaching an even wider audience than they did nearly a decade ago. Instead of going on...

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