Watson: Deeper than charity

Jun 5, 2017 by

Reparations is a chilling word to most white people. An aggressive, accusatory word that will have many people skipping over this column before they finish the first paragraph. I invite you to stay with me. As...

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A life in pursuit of peace

Mar 29, 2017 by and

Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust...

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Whom can you reach?

Dec 2, 2016 by

Being short can be pretty tough. I have been short most of my life, resulting in my constantly having to pull out a stool or stand on a chair in order to reach the highest shelf. It got even worse when I...

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MCC’s crisis response in Syria is its largest ever

Nov 29, 2016 by and

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The humanitarian work of Mennonite Central Committee in Syria during this time of war grew out of the placement of a single worker with the Syriac Orthodox Church 25 years ago. “It’s...

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Birthday wish multiplies joy of giving

Nov 29, 2016 by and

Months before her 60th birthday, Karen Kreider Yoder sat with family around the table discussing how to celebrate. “I wanted to do something that wasn’t just for me,” she said. “I wanted to do...

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Youth keep school-kit tradition going strong

Sep 20, 2016 by and

McPHERSON, Kan. — Berg­thal Mennonite Church has passed into history, but its spirit of service lives. Two of its youngest former members have taken the lead in keeping the legacy going. They’ve revived...

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Grappling with ‘mission’

Aug 22, 2016 by

This summer, I stumbled upon a fact about the Mennonite church that I had somehow missed before: We are trying really hard to be a “missional people” these days. Ok, no… wait. I knew that, didn’t I?...

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Full-time out-of-date?

Aug 1, 2016 by

Christians in North America used to speak frequently and with great respect about those who “went into full-time service.” Evangelists gave public invitations calling for such commitment. Going into...

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Do-gooder’s dilemma

Jul 18, 2016 by

He usually stands at the bottom of the stairs that reach the street from the elevated train. Sometimes he sings; sometimes his spirits are low. He’s cheerful if he had a chance to sleep in a bed the night...

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To live and die for

Jun 20, 2016 by

The young volunteers of Plain Compassion Crisis Response in Iraq’s war zone not far from Islamic State fighters want “something to live and die for,” according to organization director Merle Weaver (June...

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The towel before the tomb

Mar 24, 2016 by

[Jesus] got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. — John 13:4 To invite people to look at, to wash, to care for our feet is to invite them to accept us as we are....

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With a new trailer, annual MCC meat canning tour begins

Oct 12, 2015 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee is operating a brand new mobile cannery as it begins the 2015-16 season of canning meat for people in crisis around the world. This mobile cannery, the first new...

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Servant projects help youth ‘rub shoulders with locals’

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Arloa Bontrager of Goshen, Ind., has volunteered her time coordinating servant projects since the 2003 Mennonite Church USA convention in Atlanta. She thinks it’s one of the greatest...

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Former NFL player at the center of feeding others

Jun 22, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about...

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EMM worker finds his heart among Karen people

Jun 11, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply impacted by his recent service among and ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, living...

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China, seminary, sacrifice and Sabbath

Jun 5, 2015 by

I was nurtured with stories of sacrifice from my early years — my clan came out of the Russian Mennonite experience. I thought, as a Mennonite, I might know a few key things about sacrifice, but I found...

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Children’s home a Fortress of Hope

May 29, 2015 by and

In 2008, members of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville, Ohio, turned $1,000 into $13,000 — and it launched a new mission trajectory. According to Myron Weaver, the pastor at that time, each family was...

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The most important book

May 18, 2015 by

DEBRE ZEIT, Ethiopia — Three years ago, Fanosie Legesse made a challenge to Listowel (Ont.) Mennonite Church. Would they help him make sure that the students of Mese­rete Kristos College in Debre Zeit,...

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Why motherhood matters

May 11, 2015 by

Since my book Mom Seeks God came out last year, I’ve spoken to many moms’ groups, and one thing has stood out to me as a need common to all moms: To know that our job matters. Whether we’re exhausted new...

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Opinion: Building an alternative

May 11, 2015 by

I remember walking down the street in Hesston, Kan., in 1946 toward Aden Holdeman’s machine shop. In the lead was my father, Jess Kauffman, then 35 years old and pastor of Hesston Mennonite Church. With him...

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Memoir recalls a legacy of faith, public service

Apr 24, 2015 by and

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Ernest L. Boyer was an instrumental figure not only in Messiah College history but also in the progress of education in the United States. His wife, Kathryn T. Boyer, detailed their...

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EMU students enlist Nobel laureate in fight against Ebola

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when...

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Call to serve abroad is a ‘remarkable adventure’

Feb 2, 2015 by

CAPINGA, Mozambique — Rebecca Standen wears a headlamp to light the way and checks a pot of chima bubbling over the fire outside her tiny house. The porridge-like mixture will be supper as she ends another...

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Four Brethren in Christ distinctives I don’t want to lose

Jul 25, 2014 by

I just returned to Philly after my first General Conference of the Brethren in Christ. It’s a biennial, national gathering designed to bring the church together for face-to-face dialogue. It was good to be...

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Culture shock from Indonesia to Colombia

Jun 25, 2014 by

My name is Rut Arsari Christy and I am from Indonesia. In my home country, I attend a Mennonite church called GITJ Kelet, part of the Mennonite World Conference member church Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa. The...

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