Opinion: Scripture, opinion, experience

Apr 24, 2017 by

I read with interest Harold N. Miller’s thoughtful opinion piece, “Scripture Overrules Experience” (March 27). I support his statement that an argument from experience alone on the LGBT issue “is not...

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Opinion: Scripture overrules experience

Mar 27, 2017 by

Many in our church are sure we should fully include those in same-sex marriages, blessing their covenants and credentialing their pastoral gifts. I would like to join them. Life is simpler when we move with...

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Not merely physical

Sep 26, 2016 by

Would redirecting energy away from conflict, as the Sept. 12 editorial suggests, be helped by refocusing our minds from thinking about sexuality with a human point of view to the record of Scripture? Then we...

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Impossible dream?

Sep 12, 2016 by

Are Mennonites trying to do the impossible? Maybe, but we shouldn’t give up. We are just beginning to test new ways to live with disagreement on sexuality and to build unity. A couple of positive new...

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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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Conversations in tension

Aug 29, 2016 by

In the days after the June 12 shooting that took 50 lives at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Fla., there were myriad news reports about dramatic phone and text conversations between people trapped in the club...

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Heavenly tablecloths with fresh ideas

Aug 1, 2016 by

Peter is hungry and goes to pray. A vision of unclean food, arranged on a heavenly tablecloth, appears. He is invited to eat. Peter, the good Jew, refuses. He is told not to “call anything profane that God...

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Scripture in context

Jul 4, 2016 by

When an outstanding young pastor like Isaac Villegas has his credentials suspended (“MC USA Board Member Resigns After Same-Sex Wedding,” June 6) by Virginia Mennonite Conference and feels pressure to...

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Try something different

Jul 4, 2016 by

Perhaps those who are trying to change the Mennonite church to conform to their idea of how church should be should try something different. How about starting new churches for those affirming of the...

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Maryland church celebrates 30 years of LGBTQ inclusion

Jun 29, 2016 by

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Hyatts­ville Mennonite Church celebrated 30 years of welcome to LGBTQ people on June 12. More than 170 members and friends gathered to mark Hyattsville’s anniversary of official...

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Self-inflicted wound

Jun 20, 2016 by

“Physician, heal yourself!” Jesus expected that the skeptics would hurl this challenge when he announced God’s reign of peace (Luke 4:23). Today, Mennonite Church USA needs to accept the challenge of...

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Not our own authority

Jun 20, 2016 by

I have read MWR most of my adult life. Only in recent decades have these pages reported serious disagreement on appropriate sexual behavior. Opposite positions cannot both be right. Regardless of how we feel...

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Passive bystanders facilitate hate

Jun 14, 2016 by

Things whose existence is not morally possible cannot exist. — Old German Proverb In his book States of Denial, Stanley Coheni writes about the deadly triangle of perpetrator, victim and bystander. In...

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Mennonite church coming apart over sexuality issues

Jun 10, 2016 by and

Former MWR associate editor Rich Preheim wrote the following article for Religion News Service. We believe MWR readers will be interested in how he describes events in Mennonite Church USA for a wider...

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MC USA board member resigns after same-sex wedding

May 23, 2016 by and

A member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has resigned after officiating a same-sex wedding May 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended Isaac Villegas’ credentials on May...

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Choosing a third way

May 23, 2016 by

Regarding “ ‘Third Way’ Preserves Unity” (May 9) how refreshing to hear of Reba Place’s practice of a “third way” — love, caring, acceptance. Ethel Harder Reedley,...

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Reba Place chooses ‘third way’ on sexuality

May 9, 2016 by and

Reba Place Fellowship has found it is possible to remain united despite differing views on same-sex marriage. Taking “a third-way approach,” the Evanston, Ill., group has opened its long-term covenant...

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Franklin Conference votes to leave Mennonite Church USA

Apr 19, 2016 by and

Franklin Mennonite Conference is leaving Mennonite Church USA, the third conference in nine months to announce a withdrawal. At their annual spring meeting April 18 at Marion Mennonite Church in Chambersburg,...

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Letter to my Mennonite church

Apr 4, 2016 by

I love my Mennonite church. I love to see the old and the young worshiping together. I love the diversity and the heart of our Mennonite people to break down walls and love each other with the holy love of...

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Pain of being different

Mar 14, 2016 by

It makes me very sad when I see what is happening to my beloved Mennonite Church. I was raised in an Old Order Amish blended family. My 31-year-old mother died the second day after my birth; the widow my...

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MC USA board clarifies meaning of forbearance

Feb 16, 2016 by and

CHICAGO — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board sought to clarify the meaning of forbearance while focusing on the future at its Feb. 11-13 meeting. Other actions included rejection of a proposal asking...

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Willful violation

Feb 15, 2016 by

Randy Kraybill (Letters & Comments, Jan. 18) has hit the nail on the head. There can be no dialogue if people do not uphold the authority of Scripture — all of it. Otherwise there is no basis for...

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Skills to interpret?

Feb 15, 2016 by

Harold N. Miller (Letters & Comments, Jan. 18) says traditionalists are looking for a Bible study that can show “that Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6 do not view all forms of same-sex relations as against...

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Make the case

Jan 18, 2016 by

Brian Stucky (Letters & Comments, Dec. 21) notes the traditionalist complaint that the biblical case for same-sex marriage has not yet been made. In a positive spirit of wanting us to not continue...

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Comments at sexuality study conference prompt an apology from MB leadership

Jan 18, 2016 by

A study conference on human sexuality held last fall by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was intended to reinforce the denomination’s Confession of Faith, yet conversations and...

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