Yes, facts matter

Nov 25, 2019 by

Contrasting letters in the Nov. 11 issue stated reasons why people should or should not support the Trump administration. All of these issues are real and should be discussed, but I am not sure how you can...

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Trump defends lives of innocent babies

Nov 11, 2019 by

An Oct. 14 MWR editorial states, “Moral clarity . . . would consist of holding President Trump to a high standard of ethics and integrity.” It goes on to characterize the president with “abuse of power,...

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Room in the middle

Nov 11, 2019 by

The candidate’s photo seemed irrefutable evidence. A neatly trimmed, white beard hugged the jawline, never close to the upper or lower lip. He had to be Mennonite. After running for Congress last year in the...

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A faith community steps into its power

Nov 4, 2019 by

In early October, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic presidential hopeful, took the stage at a Peacemaker Summit organized by the St. Joseph County chapter of Faith in Indiana. The...

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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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Bible: On holy ground with the Thessalonians

Oct 28, 2019 by

My friend Robin loves mystery stories, as do I. But when she starts one, she always reads the ending first so she won’t worry about things ending badly. Me, I like the suspense! Our text for Nov. 3 reminds...

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On division and negativity

Oct 24, 2019 by

Like many Canadians, I had an eye on the national election the night of Oct. 21. Election results and commentary provided the background noise throughout the evening, as I had dinner with my son, as I went to...

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The lion, the lamb, and the candidate

Oct 17, 2019 by

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro visited Edith Espinal at our church Tuesday morning. He met with her privately for about 20 minutes, listening to her story, followed by a press conference at...

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Castro visits woman taking sanctuary in Columbus Mennonite Church

Oct 16, 2019 by and

An undocumented woman living in Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church to avoid deportation met with Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Oct. 15, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls now...

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Lack of truth defines moral darkness of Trumpism

Oct 14, 2019 by

Donald Trump did not invent Trumpism. He merely exploited it. One hallmark of Trumpism is a lack of truthfulness. Presidents have lied before. My memory only goes back to Frank­lin Roosevelt, who assured the...

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Humility, moral clarity

Oct 14, 2019 by

God’s word to Solomon after the dedication of Israel’s temple offered a remedy for a wayward nation. A time of judgment will come, God says, and then “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble...

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A morning with ICE

Sep 18, 2019 by

On the morning of Aug. 27, eight of us gathered in a circle in the foyer at Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church and joined hands. We prayed for a successful morning. We prayed for strength and courage and peace....

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Kraybill: A political leader’s offenses

Sep 2, 2019 by

How much offensive conduct by a government official does it take until religious and political leaders protest or help turn the culprit out of office? The antiquities department at the Louvre museum in Paris...

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Love it or leave?

Aug 5, 2019 by

Mennonites once knew what it was like to be told to love America or leave it. They heard the phrase during wars they refused to fight or pay for. In the days when they still spoke German, neighbors taunted...

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‘Seculosity’ author traces society’s search for righteousness outside the church

Jul 23, 2019 by and

A growing number of Americans do not follow a religion. But chances are that the details of their lives — from their phones and their politics to their dinner plates and how they raise their kids — are...

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Seminars get political with calls to care for others

Jul 22, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While some may avoid politics at a family reunion, several pastors faced the issue directly on the Fourth of July at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Many preachers are called to...

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A resignation’s core values

Jul 3, 2019 by and

In Jane Philpott’s letter of resignation from Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet in March, she stated it grieved her to leave her post as President of the Treasury Board. But, she went on to...

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Heritage Week causes division in Canada

Jun 24, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — It seemed like an inoffensive gesture for the House of Commons to initiate a Mennonite Heritage Week, but reaction from Mennonites has been split, with some concerned the recognition goes...

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Ethnic or faith heritage?

Jun 24, 2019 by

It’s innocently called shorthand. The word “Mennonite” can be used to describe a theology, or an ethnicity, or both. Each is valid in its own way. But painful damage is done when we disregard a faith...

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Pro-life peacemakers

Jun 10, 2019 by

Years ago, a Mennonite man shared his experience of facing an awful question: Should his wife have an abortion? An ultrasound during the first trimester had revealed a fetal abnormality. Doctors said the...

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Who are we?

Apr 29, 2019 by

I was intrigued by Charlie Kraybill’s response to Ryan Ahl­grim (Letters & Comments, April 15 print edition). I don’t hear much these days about promoting peace across the church in general. But...

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The politics of minority self-destruction: a call to surrender

Feb 14, 2019 by

Fellow Christians: In a nation undergoing historic dimensions of polarization and partisan self-destruction, our hour has again come to navigate our perennial struggle over citizenship responsibilities —...

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On fallibility

Jan 23, 2019 by

Earlier this month, I started watching the Polish Netflix original series 1983, which imagines a future where the Iron Curtain is still standing and Poland is a police state. I’m only a few episodes in, so...

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From a focus on anger to a focus on love

Jan 16, 2019 by

Anyone who knows me or sees me, knows me as that activist human who is very political. In the fall I finished an internship at the Indiana Democratic Party that I had since the beginning of June. I have loved...

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Longhurst: Evangelical evolution

Oct 29, 2018 by

An American friend asked me if Canadians were watching the Supreme Court nomination process Brett M. Kavanaugh in September. The answer was yes, I said. Partly because, living so close to the U.S., news about...

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