Resurgence of a global Mennonite far right

Jul 13, 2020 by

In this time of global pandemic and international protests against systemic police brutality, thoughtful ­Anabaptist journalism has become more essential than ever. I am grateful to Mennonite World Review for...

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Weaponized peace ignores racial pain

Jun 29, 2020 by

To the white eye, fires of protest violence might have illuminated only criminal destruction, not 400 years of oppression suffered by nonwhite people in the United States. As a result, some Anabaptists might...

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Renewed minds

Jun 29, 2020 by

Dismantling racism starts with being transformed by a renewing of the mind. Our actions flow from our thoughts, as Rom. 12:2 suggests. Until we change the way we think, we ­remain stuck in racist...

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Kriss: White starting point

Jun 29, 2020 by

White Christians need to have conversations about race. Our silence and stammering in the face of white supremacy and its outcomes clouds our witness. Naming race-based privilege can feel deeply personal and...

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Neighbors confront violence, racism

Jun 29, 2020 by and

George Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for about eight minutes. Three days later, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building was...

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Whiteness, weeding and watering

Jun 18, 2020 by

During the past months of pandemic restrictions and stay-at-home orders, I have found renewal and refreshment through gardening. In the midst of all the chaos and crisis of human society, gardening is a chance...

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Comfortably white

Jun 15, 2020 by

I’m a visionary. A generalist. A dreamer. Some of that is my personality. It’s also a privilege of whiteness. I can afford to have my head in the clouds and talk broadly about “shalom” and the Beloved...

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On the streets, protest becomes the church

Jun 12, 2020 by and

PASADENA, Calif. — No cars can get through the traffic light at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue this afternoon because a handful of black Americans, led by a preteen named Sebastian, are dancing in...

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We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Jun 10, 2020 by and

It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am...

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Blackface in old yearbooks a reminder Bluffton is not immune to systemic racism

Mar 6, 2019 by and

Witmarsum editor’s note: Some of the images accompanying this post contain sensitive material that many may consider offensive. Bluffton University yearbooks from 1924 and 1930 include images of students...

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Gun shots and privilege

Apr 4, 2017 by

On a recent Saturday as my wife and I rode motorcycles to Albuquerque, N.M., two people were shot in my neighborhood. According to my neighbors, dozens of shots were fired. Thirty-six hours later on Monday,...

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Theology that favors whiteness

Mar 2, 2017 by

Black theology and womanist theology, the theologies written by African-American men and women, speak to white as well as black audiences. Theology for Mennonites and the still predominantly white Mennonite...

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More than skin color

Feb 27, 2017 by

We are hearing important statements calling Anabaptist Christians to work for racial justice. These words come from people of color at a Mennonite Church USA leadership meeting and a Bethel College lecture....

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Powell: A privileged position

Sep 12, 2016 by

The presidential election campaign is drawing attention to white privilege. Many whites deny they are privileged because of their skin tone. When their privilege is pointed out, some reply that affirmative...

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White privilege, guilt

Mar 2, 2015 by

The night in November when the news broke that officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., I joined a group of religious leaders intent on providing a...

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Why I love being a black girl

Feb 24, 2015 by

I have led a number of conversations on white privilege. The conversations have a tendency to all go the same direction. We as facilitators often use the negative experiences of people of color to establish a...

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