Book review: ‘Rebel Mother’

Aug 14, 2017 by

The Mennonite layer of Peter Andreas’ unconventional childhood story is at first glance rather thin. More than anything, Rebel Mother is a story of the 1960s and 1970s, when American culture was impacted by...

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Washington Witness: Social media a tool for justice

Jun 5, 2017 by

Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old African-American boy, was fatally shot April 29 by police in Balch Springs, Texas. Body camera video has been used as evidence to dismiss officer Roy Oliver and charge him with...

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Watson: High-fiber activism

Mar 13, 2017 by

“Every time I leave one of these, I have a headache,” a woman groaned as we left the community town hall meeting. More than 150 people had crowded into a church’s multipurpose room to discuss the issues...

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We are the ones

Jan 31, 2017 by

Micah chapter 6, verse 1: “Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.” That’s how it feels — today, this month, this past weekend as the president told us his plan...

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King: ‘A treaty between your love and mine’

Dec 19, 2016 by

In distress, my daughter who loves the music of Leonard Cohen phoned us just after the U.S. elections. Cohen, she said, was dead. I was reminded of the prior Sunday when Cohen’s just-released “Treaty”...

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Powell: Drum majors for justice

Dec 5, 2016 by

During the height of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed an audience at the National Cathedral in Washington. He alluded to Washington Irving’s story of Rip Van Winkle. Rip went into...

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Civil rights and leadership

Oct 17, 2016 by

My job requires me to spend a lot of time thinking about leadership. I oversee a ministry with programs, staff and board members in five states. Keeping everyone one the same page while providing the space to...

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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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Doing something in an out-of-control world

Mar 14, 2016 by

A month ago I borrowed a chain saw and pruned our church trees. If you want to know why, I need to tell you about my job. I work Saturday night to Thursday night, which means that my Friday night is your...

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As rural life changes, a church lets go of the past

Feb 29, 2016 by and

In its heyday, First Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., saw between 400 and 500 people fill its pews and balcony on a Sunday morning. Built in 1955-56, it was the home of a General Conference Mennonite...

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Agitating and peacemaking

Jul 20, 2015 by

Activist Bree Newsome (along with doing good co-conspirator, Jimmy James Tyson) made an unannounced appearance on July 11 at the Wild Goose Festival, held annually in Hot Springs, N.C. I was honored to be able...

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Thoughts on Philippians 2

Jul 9, 2014 by

When I pondered this letter to the church in Philippi, it immediately touched my church planting and missionary heart. Having served as a church planter in Sicily for 10 years, I am keenly aware of some of...

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Class uses stage to shine a spotlight on social issues

Apr 14, 2014 by and

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — In The Real Thing: a Play, Czechoslovakian producer and writer Tom Stoppard wrote, “Words are sacred. . . . If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a...

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