Kennel-Shank: Once more, gratefully

Jun 29, 2020 by

Time has been slippery lately. These days, weeks and months of the pandemic slide together, though punctuated with dramatic moments: the loss of jobs, the deaths of loved ones, the deaths that hospital workers...

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African American group urges denomination to address racial injustice

Jun 29, 2020 by

The African American Mennonite Association called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA congregations, which are predominately white, to be involved in healing and reconciliation amid the protests that erupted...

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MC USA launches racial justice fund

Jun 29, 2020 by

In the midst of social unrest in the United States, Mennonite Church USA has launched a Justice Fund for individuals and congregations to support MC USA churches involved in dismantling racism, addressing...

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Weaponized peace ignores racial pain

Jun 29, 2020 by

To the white eye, fires of protest violence might have illuminated only criminal destruction, not 400 years of oppression suffered by nonwhite people in the United States. As a result, some Anabaptists might...

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Renewed minds

Jun 29, 2020 by

Dismantling racism starts with being transformed by a renewing of the mind. Our actions flow from our thoughts, as Rom. 12:2 suggests. Until we change the way we think, we ­remain stuck in racist...

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Kriss: White starting point

Jun 29, 2020 by

White Christians need to have conversations about race. Our silence and stammering in the face of white supremacy and its outcomes clouds our witness. Naming race-based privilege can feel deeply personal and...

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Neighbors confront violence, racism

Jun 29, 2020 by and

George Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for about eight minutes. Three days later, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building was...

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Twenty bucks or billions?

Jun 22, 2020 by

Twenty bucks started the sequence of events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in the custody of four police officers. Floyd was accused of passing a counterfeit bill at a nearby store....

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Whiteness, weeding and watering

Jun 18, 2020 by

During the past months of pandemic restrictions and stay-at-home orders, I have found renewal and refreshment through gardening. In the midst of all the chaos and crisis of human society, gardening is a chance...

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Scripture sacrilege

Jun 15, 2020 by

As dozens of cities burned across the United States June 1, the president needed a distraction. Donald Trump put down his twittering device, left his bunker and ordered police and military forces to use rubber...

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Comfortably white

Jun 15, 2020 by

I’m a visionary. A generalist. A dreamer. Some of that is my personality. It’s also a privilege of whiteness. I can afford to have my head in the clouds and talk broadly about “shalom” and the Beloved...

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Love doesn’t cancel anger at injustice

Jun 10, 2020 by

Amid the recent events ­surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA joins in mourning and lament. We lament that...

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Watson: Questions about marijuana

Oct 22, 2018 by

This November, four states will vote on legalizing marijuana: Utah and Missouri for medical use and North Dakota and Michigan for adult recreational use. If all four proposals pass, the national total would...

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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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More than skin color

Feb 27, 2017 by

We are hearing important statements calling Anabaptist Christians to work for racial justice. These words come from people of color at a Mennonite Church USA leadership meeting and a Bethel College lecture....

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Powell: A privileged position

Sep 12, 2016 by

The presidential election campaign is drawing attention to white privilege. Many whites deny they are privileged because of their skin tone. When their privilege is pointed out, some reply that affirmative...

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Bearing good fruit

Sep 12, 2016 by

Thank you for “Gay and Welcome” by JB Miller (At the Table, Aug. 29). I affirm that the gospel soil at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship in Sarasota, Fla., is producing good fruit. That is the criteria that...

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Walking with the ghosts of El Camino

Aug 31, 2016 by

What does it mean to practice solidarity, to become a neighbor, to exchange hospitality? As a white U.S. citizen engaged in immigrant justice work, my reflections on these difficult questions are constantly...

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Mennonite Mission Network donation supports racial justice education work

Aug 29, 2016 by and

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Joining other Christian denominations that support the anti­racism goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mennonite Mission Network will give $10,000 to partner with The Voices Project...

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Opinion: A white Christian’s place

Aug 15, 2016 by

On a Sunday afternoon, after a sedate morning worship gathering, I took a hand-lettered sign and boarded the train to join whatever marchers might be gathering in downtown Atlanta after the latest spate of gun...

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No more silence

Aug 1, 2016 by

My daughter is a social justice advocate in her city. We recently had a conversation about the realities of living as a person of color. At one point she said, “Dad, I’m scared!” She described an...

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Where will I stand?

Jul 19, 2016 by

It seems to me that a new line was crossed in recent weeks. First, two public encounters with police were caught on video resulting in two dead African-American men. Then in Dallas, five police officers were...

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Wake up for racial justice

Jul 13, 2016 by

Hear this, O elders, give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your ancestors? Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their...

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Fierce urgency

Jun 20, 2016 by

As the presidential race becomes more intense, the rhetoric, division and hatred have intensified. There is a deep-seated hostility toward marginalized people. The idea of a postracial environment has taken a...

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American Moses

May 9, 2016 by

Harriet Tubman was an American Moses. Escaping slavery in Maryland in 1849, she risked her life dozens of times by returning to the South and leading countless slaves to freedom. She was a powerful voice for...

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