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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Bluffton lecturer challenges racism in the church

Apr 11, 2016 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Author, blogger, activist and professor Drew G.I. Hart presented the Keeney Peace Lecture, “What Has Shalom to Do with White Dominant Culture?,” during Forum March 29 at Bluffton...

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Accessible education is a faith and justice issue

Feb 15, 2016 by

I’ve had several conversations questioning the validity of the quote, “Now we are faced with an onslaught of potential annihilation,” in my March 16, 2015, column. People primarily focused on gun...

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All lives DON’T matter — and that’s the problem

Feb 12, 2016 by

As a white person, I’ll tell you something: I feel threatened by the Black Lives Matter movement. There was a time, briefly, when I would have been one of those people who, if I saw the hashtag...

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Bethel MLK speaker calls for changing unjust systems

Feb 1, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Throughout her presentation at Bethel College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, Michelle Armster would pause to call out several names. “Sandra Bland. Renisha McBride. Shantel...

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Whose lives matter?

Jan 4, 2016 by

An expert in political science asks Jesus about his support for Samaritan Lives Matter. Apparently, Jesus had told a story with a Samaritan hero and a couple of heartless religious leaders. Some say Jesus even...

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Injustice requires interruption

Dec 1, 2015 by

“Some of the most important moments in your ministry will happen in the interruptions,” a professor told me while I was in my first week of seminary. As I walked down Michigan Avenue in Chicago, speeding...

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Opinion: Riots are failed cries for justice

Nov 23, 2015 by

In 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” That comment resurfaced after riots by African-Americans in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore in the past two years. Deaths of...

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Fighting for the dignity of every human being

Oct 14, 2015 by

We heard that Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested for climbing into his own home after accidentally locking himself out. Chris Rock started posting selfies when being pulled over by the police. And just a...

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Where can anger live?

Oct 2, 2015 by

My friend made plans to come over. Before she arrived, she sent me a text warning me that the “well-meaning” white folks at her para-ministry job made her especially mad that day. She then added,...

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Cultivating hearts of worship in pursuit of racial justice

Sep 3, 2015 by

Worship changes things. It forces every spirit, opponent and plan contrary to that of God’s to bow at his feet. As we exalt God to his rightful place in our hearts and in the world, he takes over and makes...

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Climate of discontent

Jun 8, 2015 by

A friend told me about a conversation with a colleague who said, “You seem to have a bee in your bonnet about racism and violence against blacks. We all have the same opportunity, so let’s just move on.”...

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The Lord will raise a prophet

Feb 5, 2015 by

I spent a few days this week away from my home in Durham, N.C., in another southern town, visiting with young people who’ve relocated to under-resourced neighborhoods there. They told me what they’ve...

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A prayerful response to Ferguson

Aug 15, 2014 by

Asked why I raise my hands, I say a number of things: “I lift them to praise God for redeeming me.” My hands are holy because his hands were pierced, and so, I raise my hands. “I raise my hands to call...

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