Kriss: The power of a simple greeting

Aug 13, 2018 by

One deep grateful breath, One small step forward Has the power to change everything. — from Through and Beyond by Bonnie Thurston I live in a city of 1.6 million people, in a time of contention, in what...

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Watson: Who do we want to be?

Jul 30, 2018 by

Even before President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, the media buzzed about what might happen to Roe v. Wade. Many legal experts and activists anticipate the 1973 decision that...

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Our hypocrisy on ‘social action’

Jul 19, 2018 by

Mennonite Central Committee and other relief and service organizations are often criticized for being too focused on physically bettering people’s lives and not enough on evangelizing them. Some of the...

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No longer deserving?

Jul 16, 2018 by

Robert Victor Peters (Letters & Comments, June 4) sounds like a Mennonite we need in Indiana, one we are sorry to see leaving us. Maybe he has what it takes to lead our response to our government’s...

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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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Opinion: Eyes, ears — and a voice — in Washington

Jun 26, 2018 by and

WASHINGTON — In the Feb. 27, 1968, Gospel Herald, Mennonite leader Guy F. Hershberger reflected on why there should be a “Mennonite office” in Washington. He noted the “emergency” in May 1967, when...

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Powell: Setting a low bar

Jun 4, 2018 by

A recent Doonesbury comic strip by Garry Trudeau featured a pastor giving an announcement from the board of elders to a congregation about what evangelicals currently view as sin. The list of behavior that...

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Have we forgotten?

Jun 4, 2018 by

On May 10, President Trump of the American Empire held a rally in Elkhart County, Ind., one of the heartlands of Mennonites. According to my sources, there was no institutional protest of Caesar and his...

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Our witness amid social polarization

Jan 29, 2018 by

By now, we’re probably all tired of one-year analyses of U.S. President Donald Trump. But I’d like to look at his first year from a more spiritual perspective and ask what effect Trump’s presidency may...

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Powell: Are you ready for Jesus?

Jan 29, 2018 by

In my last column I quoted a person who responded to the world’s chaotic state by saying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” He was a far-right evangelical Christian who supported the government’s harmful actions...

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The limits of activism

Jan 19, 2018 by

When I first felt called to ministry over a decade ago, I had a lot to say. I thought I had solutions to important problems. There was so much I wanted to contribute. For many years I was extremely active. I...

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Washington Witness: Don’t Native Americans count?

Jan 1, 2018 by

In advocacy, statistics are often used to convey messages. We use them when speaking about levels of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, obesity, violence and many other issues facing the 320 million...

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Book review: ‘Two Weeks Every Summer’

Nov 20, 2017 by

Now and then a person comes upon a book that is hard to read precisely because it disturbs the comfort zones of his or her thinking. And yet while entering into the first few pages, a small voice says: You...

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Led by conscience, here I kneel

Nov 15, 2017 by

Tabor College associate professor of Bible and religious studies Del Gray posted these reflections in late October on Tabor’s “Wittenberg Door” for campus discussion in honor of the Reformation’s 500th...

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Bethel speaker says partisan times require truth

Sep 25, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts issued a plea for Americans to return to the ideals that bring them together during a visit to Bethel College. Pitts spoke to a...

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Powell: Wake the living dead

Sep 25, 2017 by

The white supremacists’ shout of “You will not replace us” in Charlottesville, Va., has been heard around the world. Alt-right and white hate groups have been emboldened by the president’s words and...

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Stupid and cheerful

Sep 7, 2017 by

At the Poor People’s Campaign rally in Topeka, Kan., Rev. William Barber told us about a map of the United States. A map that shows what states have the highest rates of poverty, poorest health care access,...

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Powell: Passing the torch to a new set of midwives

Aug 14, 2017 by

After the election of President Obama in 2008, civil rights leader and Mennonite theologian Vincent Harding used the image of midwifery to describe an emerging America. A midwife encourages the mother and...

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Powell: Courage to step up

Jul 3, 2017 by

Russia’s intervention in our democratic process and the government’s response have consumed the media’s attention lately. We are inundated with news of possible coverups by government officials. While...

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Love your neighbor; plant seeds

Apr 27, 2017 by

Like many churchgoers, I grew up with a steady diet of sermons about the parables of Jesus — stories about things like lost sheep, coins and sons; Good Samaritans and unforgiving servants; mustard seeds and...

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Powell: Freedom from anxiety is right around the corner

Apr 10, 2017 by

A Feb. 15 Harris poll for the American Psychological Association found Americans haven’t experienced this much stress in many years. According to the poll, 66 percent of participants are stressed about the...

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What is a peace church? People of color define it

Feb 27, 2017 by and

HAMPTON, Va. — It is time for white leaders and members of Mennonite Church USA to reconsider what it means to be a peace church, participants said at a gathering of people of color in leadership roles. More...

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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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A glimpse of hope

Jan 23, 2017 by

The past week has been a very challenging week. The inauguration on Friday of a new president, followed by protest marches across the U.S. and around the world, have had many of us oscillating between despair...

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Mennonites join Women’s March on Washington

Jan 23, 2017 by and

WASHINGTON — Wilma Harder felt stronger with every rest stop she visited driving from Goshen, Ind., to Washington to join the Women’s March Jan. 21. The numbers of women wearing knitted, pink hats with cat...

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