Theater addresses MC Canada sexuality conflict

Sep 28, 2015 by and

Theatre of the Beat in Stouff­ville, Ont., is taking on same-sex sexuality and gender within Mennonite Church Canada in a new play written by artistic director Johnny Wideman. “We would hear, ‘Oh, if you...

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Tanzanians counter myths, stigma of albinism

Sep 28, 2015 by and

CHITARE, Tanzania — In a Mennonite church packed with about 180 people, workshop facilitator Specioza Kifutu guided the crowd in voicing what they’ve heard about those living with albinism — an inherited...

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Mercifully progressive

Sep 28, 2015 by

Progress isn’t just for progressives. Traditionalists too see the need for positive change. Christians define progress in different ways, but many would agree that making the church more compassionate is...

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Memories of Pax

Sep 28, 2015 by

I found “Lasting Ties in Western Europe” (Aug. 31) interesting because I was one of the six Pax fellows who opened that unit in Germany in 1953. As far as I know, only three are still living: Mario Wenger,...

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Stretching the boundaries

Sep 28, 2015 by

Peter saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down. . . . In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, “Get up, Peter,...

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Secular country, religious voters

Sep 28, 2015 by

You may have noticed there’s an election going on. Not the U.S. presidential campaign. I’m talking about the Oct. 19 Canadian election. Unlike in the U.S., religion plays a very minor role in Canadian...

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A more valuable sacrifice

Sep 28, 2015 by

In Mark’s Twain’s posthumously published collection of essays, Letters from the Earth, the fallen archangel Satan sends correspondence back to Gabriel and Michael about the curious creatures who inhabit...

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God’s power is not for sale

Sep 28, 2015 by

Stephen’s impassioned sermon from our last lesson incited such blood-lust in his listeners that he was immediately stoned to death. In praying for forgiveness for his killers, Stephen imitates Jesus on the...

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Hopi school dispute takes a legal turn

Sep 28, 2015 by and

An impasse over finances, transparency, authority and land ownership between Hopi Mission School and Mennonite Church USA is moving from conversations to courtrooms. On Sept. 14, MC USA filed a complaint...

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Finding the Spirit in anxious times

Sep 28, 2015 by

Author Peter Steinke suggests Old Testament understandings of salvation are connected to openness rather than constricting. Steinke writes about how healthy communities behave in times of anxiety. His...

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Differences we tolerate

Sep 28, 2015 by

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and State Street attract people from around the world for pleasure shopping. Stores selling designer shoes, trendy clothes, high-end accessories and more line both sides of each...

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Scandalous miracle

Sep 28, 2015 by

It was a miracle. Jun Yamada, suffering from an aggressive leukemia, was on his death bed. He lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest. The doctors told the family he was unlikely to live more than half...

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Are Californians different?

Sep 28, 2015 by

This survey of Mennonite migrations and developments in California from 1850 to 1975 focuses on three groups — the Mennonite Breth­ren, the General Conference Mennonites and the Mennonite Church —...

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Kenya church planters are trained to multiply

Sep 28, 2015 by and

NAIROBI, Kenya — Multiplication — one of three Eastern Mennonite Missions core values — was at the heart of a training on “simple church” concepts and disciple-making movements July 13-23. Simple...

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Opinion: Jude’s warnings come true

Sep 28, 2015 by

“Read the Book of Jude.” That was the message I received nearly nine months ago in a prophetic dream about Mennonite Church Canada’s first same-sex wedding. I have been focused in study and prayer...

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Flood, robbery bring S.D. churches together

Sep 28, 2015 by

A flood and a robbery brought two Mennonite Breth­ren congregations in Sioux Falls, S.D., closer in late August. An Aug. 27 storm flooded Christ Community Church with 3 to 5 inches of water, the U.S....

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Deceased Canadian pastor is accused of sexual misconduct

Sep 28, 2015 by

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada announced an allegation of sexual and ethical misconduct by a pastor who died 21 years ago. On Aug. 30, three Ontario congregations formerly served by Vernon Leis, the pastor...

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EMU, Goshen leave Christian college association

Sep 21, 2015 by and

Two Mennonite colleges have withdrawn from a Christian college association to avoid causing division over their openness to hiring married gay and lesbian faculty. The presidents of Goshen (Ind.) College and...

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MC USA board discusses resolutions’ implications

Sep 21, 2015 by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board on Sept. 17-19 discussed the implications of resolutions passed at the denomination’s convention this summer. Board members emphasized that two...

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Opening a window of hope amid Syrian war

Sep 21, 2015 by and

Roseangela Jarjour talks daily with pastors in Syria working for peace and providing a reason for Syrians who stay to hope, even as they hear bombs drop around them. “The priority is really to bring peace...

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MCC aid gives Syrians reason to stay

Sep 21, 2015 by , and

Mennonite Central Committee is appealing for more funds to help meet basic human needs of Syrians who want to stay near their homes as large numbers leave the Middle East. For four years, the war in Syria has...

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