Ministry born out of Katrina

Sep 14, 2015 by and

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. — Thi Nguyen was attending a Vietnamese Mennonite church in Philadelphia when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. He wanted to help and was invited to travel to Bayou La Batre as a service...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Sep 14, 2015 by and

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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High seas service

Sep 14, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — A much older and landlocked group of “sea­going cowboys,” who first saw the wider world while caring for livestock aboard ships bound for post-World War II Europe, gathered for a reunion...

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Immortal horrors or everlasting splendors

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Stories about artificial intelligence and robots can be good opportunities to explore what it means to be human. That’s the case in AMC’s Humans, a series set in present-day London where human-looking...

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Whose side are you on?

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As he writes about the early Jerusalem church, Luke holds our attention by alternating public and private events. The Sept. 13 lesson involved internal community organizing. This lesson takes us back to the...

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Piling up debt

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D. Merrill Ewert and Patricia A. Anderson do the Mennonite community a good service by drawing attention to our colleges’ dependence on government subsidy (“The Stake in Federal Aid“). Setting aside...

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Opinion: No pink in MWC’s rainbow

Sep 14, 2015 by and

We found much to love about the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., in July. Spectacular music complemented thought-provoking speakers. Diverse Mennonites discussed justice and...

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A father’s life, from a daughter’s view

Sep 14, 2015 by

“I never saw my father saunter,” says Katie Funk Wiebe as she introduces the hero of her latest book — her father, Jacob J. (Jake) Funk. These few words tell readers we are meeting a man of action — a...

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Profile surveys world’s Anabaptists

Sep 14, 2015 by and

Sociological surveys may be uncommon evangelistic tools, but Damien Pelende of the Democratic Republic of Congo found the Global Anabaptist Profile survey drew new people to his church. The two-year project...

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Political opposites

Sep 14, 2015 by

As Donald Trump surged to the front of the Republican presidential field, Jimmy Carter announced he was battling cancer. The soft-spoken former president and the blustering billionaire could not have presented...

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7 years old, three wars

Sep 14, 2015 by

Mostafa is 7 years old and lives in Gaza. Last summer a missile from an F16 came through a window and damaged his home. Mostafa and other children tell their stories in a brief video put together by the...

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Bridgefolk conference focuses on an ‘ecumenical healing’

Sep 14, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The 14th annual Bridgefolk conference was held Aug. 20-23 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary under the theme, “Ecumenical Healing and the Mystery of the Communion of...

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Bible for all tongues

Sep 14, 2015 by

Growing up in Holmes County, Ohio, I attended Sunday evening services that featured the stories of missionaries on furlough from assignments in exotic locations. I particularly remember a presentation by...

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A price to pay

Sep 14, 2015 by

Karen Yoder said it well in her letter, “Silent on Abortion” (Aug. 17). I have often wondered the same thing about our church. Why don’t we mourn the lives of millions of murdered babies? Surely there...

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Appealing to all ages

Sep 14, 2015 by

Hearing directly from young people about how to better include them is an important step for a church whose median age continues to increase. And a group of 30 or so Mennonite Church USA 20-somethings is...

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Pacifist policing and proactive discipleship

Sep 14, 2015 by

Felix Manz needs no introduction. Nearly 500 years after he was martyred in Zurich, his legacy is arguably the most enduring in Anabaptist/Mennonite history. Milton Whiteman, meanwhile, needs to be made known....

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Against gun violence

Sep 14, 2015 by

John Powell’s “Death by Favorite Weapon” is a powerful reminder that we must resurrect our pacifist beliefs and become a strong Mennonite witness against gun violence. Mennonite Church USA has spent so...

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Women’s leadership group charts future

Sep 14, 2015 by and

The steering committee for Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project is ready to plan a conference, create undoing-sexism training and find ways for men to assist after meeting Aug. 5-8 in...

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Restoring a way of life after Katrina

Sep 8, 2015 by and

GRAND BAYOU, La. — Ruby Ancar picks up a teddy bear mailed to her by a Mennonite child a few months after Hurricane Ka­trina devastated her home in the southernmost region of Plaquemines Parish. “She was...

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Avian flu a blow to Hutterites

Sep 8, 2015 by and

ARLINGTON, S.D. — His eyes welling with tears, Simon Decker recalled the devastating blow inflicted nearly five months ago when avian flu wiped out 65,000 turkeys and 40,000 chickens on his eastern South...

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Presidential candidates in Iowa cite justice, freedom

Sep 8, 2015 by and

Presidential candidates from both major U.S. political parties this summer heralded Iowa Mennonites they say have been victimized by unjust federal laws. Before one of the largest Iowa crowds drawn by any...

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