MCC helps restore hope for children raised in war

Aug 3, 2020 by and

Nine years of war in Syria have given 14-year-old Kareem Haddad (name changed to protect his security) a lot of reasons to want to study medicine, especially neurology. When Kareem was in second grade, his...

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The art and the artist

Jul 13, 2020 by

Can we separate the art from the artist? This is one of the questions raised by the removal of seven songs by Catholic composer David Haas from the forthcoming Voices Together hymnal. Haas is credibly accused...

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Songs by accused composer removed from hymnal

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Planners of a new Mennonite hymnal are dropping seven songs from the book just months before publication after learning of sexual misconduct allegations concerning a composer. MennoMedia, the hymnal’s...

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Andres: An ageless, resilient Story

Jun 15, 2020 by

Last month many communities throughout the U.S. participated in Resilience Week, hosting activities and events about building resilience in individuals and communities. Resilience is the ability to bounce back...

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Kennel-Shank: Overwhelmed

Oct 14, 2019 by

Years ago I was introduced to Laura van Dernoot Lipsky’s book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. It addresses all of us “who are exposed to the suffering,...

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Survivors rebuild lives

Sep 16, 2019 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Four women laughed as they filled a water trough for their pigs — ­animals that hold the promise of income. Their laughter stood in contrast to their experiences,...

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El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: Christians must act as well as pray

Aug 6, 2019 by and

Back-to-back murderous acts of gun violence left at least 29 dead and 53 injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3-4. Many Americans want to help but feel helpless to do so. One doesn’t have to...

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Mother reclaims life after son’s murder

May 6, 2019 by and

CHICAGO — Corniki Bornds sits on the sofa in her living room, where reminders of her son, her only child, adorn the walls and shelves. Just around the corner is his room, a place she couldn’t enter for six...

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Returning to our commitments

Oct 8, 2018 by

In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and...

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In Ukraine, families of fallen soldiers find comfort

Apr 9, 2018 by and

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief. This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova’s story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the...

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Forgiveness for the third and fourth generations

Mar 29, 2018 by

A few years ago I learned that a Native American coffee shop was opening near my church. A native business other than a casino got my attention. I found this place to be one of the friendliest social gathering...

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Sister Care offers healing touch in Cuba

Feb 14, 2018 by

Two years after Sister Care seminars were first presented in Cuba, two American women returned Jan. 25-Feb. 1 to find the program’s impact has multiplied. Carolyn Heggen, a psychotherapist specializing in...

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Trauma healing helps Nigerians address pain, loss

Jan 29, 2018 by and

CHIBOK, Nigeria — Cradling a faded school picture of her daughter, Kolo Adamu sat on the front porch of the Church of the Brethren meetinghouse. She recalled the months after the teen was abducted by Boko...

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Puerto Ricans who have little share with those who have less

Dec 26, 2017 by

Food is scarce and electricity still out in many places, but Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from September’s Hurricane Maria show tenacity, compassion and courage, a Mennonite trauma specialist reported...

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Escaping tyranny of the past

Sep 19, 2017 by

Afew days ago I found myself at an event called “The Art Between Us.” It was an eclectic gathering of souls: Women shared hard-learned truths in the form of poems or original music. Others, like me, were...

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Still a place of storm

Aug 4, 2014 by

In July I traveled with a group of four Eastern Mennonite Seminary students to bear witness to Mennonite Central Committee’s ministry of presence in New Orleans, now nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina...

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