MCC meat canning under pressure

Nov 19, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s mobile meat-canning season — the fall-to-spring activity where 30,000 volunteers help to preserve meat in cans for people in crisis around the world — has begun. This year,...

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Young people key to resilient global church

Jul 25, 2018 by , and

A greeting from the Vietnam Mennonite Church to the world. Throughout its history, the people of the VMC have never failed to demonstrate their resilience and their commitment to live out the peaceful way of...

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Nonresistance isn’t silent

Jul 16, 2018 by

How much should nonresistant Christians talk publicly about the political concerns of their earthly societies? Many Anabaptists recognize nonresistance as encompassing more than refusing to use lethal force...

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N.J. church lifts people from addiction

May 29, 2018 by and

Amid the devastation caused by addictions, a Franconia Mennonite Conference congregation is shining a light. Tim Hart, pastor of Garden Chapel in Victory Gardens, N.J., has worked with community organizers to...

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Devotion in action

May 21, 2018 by

“I participated . . . and it made me think,” says Minyoung Jung of South Korea, writing of her work with a food-distribution program in Kenya by a Mennonite Central Committee partner. Her article on page 6...

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Be careful what you ask for

Mar 27, 2018 by

I was at a lunch recently where Matt. 20:20-28 was read devotionally before the meal. It’s the passage where the mother of James and John seeks to stake out some territory for her sons in the kingdom of God...

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Finding my Jerusalem

Feb 19, 2018 by

The conversation over a fellowship lunch at church dealt with the California parents charged with child neglect and abuse of their 13 children, charges to which they pled not guilty. I noticed the men were...

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A time to grow

Jan 29, 2018 by

The seasons of the church calendar reflect the highs and lows of our walk with Christ. Much is written about the valleys of Advent and Lent and the heights of Christmas and Easter. Less talked about are the...

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Can Mennonite Voluntary Service be saved?

Jan 8, 2018 by

In 2009 when I graduated from college, I chose to go into Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS). I made the choice independently, only to discover that many of my friends were also choosing a year of service in...

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Opinion: Bridging the differences

Nov 6, 2017 by and

For the broader Mennonite community, the work of Mennonite Central Committee often looks like relief sale auctions, Ten Thousand Villages stores and quilt blitzes. And all carry out the mission of MCC: a...

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Tons of clothes await fun-loving volunteers

Sep 18, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The payoff for a four-hour weekly round-trip to volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee comes in the joy of service, fun and fellowship. Every Wednesday, some of the volunteers get up...

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The strangest day of my life

Aug 23, 2017 by

I’ve been looking forward to watching this eclipse for months. I love bizarre, dream-like experiences where the normal rules of life don’t seem to apply. Like when I was in Thailand, exploring a...

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Book review: ‘Re-Envisioning Service’

Jul 31, 2017 by

The greatest success of the Civilian Public Service era is not the effect it had on the church during World War II, as significant as that was. Rather, its crowning achievement was the resulting ethos of...

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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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