What do historians look like?

Jul 30, 2018 by

The first time I submitted a piece of scholarship for consideration to an academic journal — at age 21 and having just earned B.A. in history — a rejection letter came in quick response. Why? Because I...

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Yoder-Short: The trophy queen says ‘no’

Jul 16, 2018 by

No more bathing suits at the Miss America Pageant. Is the culture of female objectification finally fading? Snags in male domination are old news. Long ago, a woman from a different culture said “no” to...

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Kraybill: Jesus calls women to the center

Jul 2, 2018 by

Nancy Kauffmann of Goshen, Ind., has long been a pioneer as a woman in congregational and denominational leadership. So it’s not surprising that a painting by Chilean artist Daniel Cariola in a chapel next...

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The Proverbs 31 woman revisited

Jan 31, 2018 by

The unnamed woman in Prov. 31:10-31 appears to be the woman who has it all and who does it all. She has a supportive husband and grateful children. She is a capable household manager and a commercially...

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Bible: Body of Christ, bodies of women

Dec 18, 2017 by

“You’re either with our bodies or against our bodies,” Amber Tamblyn wrote recently in The New York Times, responding to the flood of revelations of sexual misconduct, from Louis C.K. to Charlie Rose to...

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A share of the blame

Dec 4, 2017 by

The church must take some responsibility for men who violate women. For centuries we have misinterpreted Gen. 3:16-18, which lists four curses: weeds, sorrow in childbirth, man ruling over woman, and a woman...

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Why do we abuse women?

May 8, 2017 by

Mary Magdalene has become one of my favorite New Testament figures. She is also one of the most misused and abused, a fitting symbol for women throughout the ages who are still misused, abused and blamed. Mary...

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Kraybill: Women at the growing edge

May 8, 2017 by

Among recent immigrants at the church where I worship in Indiana, it is women who come to faith first. Women then invite husbands and relatives, providing energy for outreach. Throughout church history, women...

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Conservative young women publish magazines

Apr 24, 2017 by and

Heather Lehman thought of producing her own publication for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Singers Glen, Va., she put together one-page newsletters decorated with markers, later expanding to family...

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Looking for light: Why I’m marching on Washington

Jan 12, 2017 by

I will awake in the darkness. I will bundle in warm layers to brave the bleak midwinter. I will leave my sleeping husband and three children and board a bus before sunrise. As the dawn breaks on Jan. 21, I...

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Longhurst: We are sorry

Nov 21, 2016 by

In October, when Donald Trump’s comments about women were reverberating in my mind, I posted an apology to my female friends on Facebook. In it, I expressed my sadness and outrage for how so many had been...

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Women share stories of ordination and peacebuilding

Aug 1, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anabaptist women discussed the dynamics of gender and theological identities in a variety of workshops at the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Marlene Epp said the Anabaptist peace...

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Lord I want to be in that number

Jul 23, 2015 by

Doubtless you have heard the song, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” We did a rousing version of it today at Mennonite World Conference assembly, instruments wailing and over 7,000 voices singing...

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Bible study series adds female voices

Apr 6, 2015 by and

Female writers have a voice for the first time in a decades-long project to publish commentaries on the entire Bible. MennoMedia on Feb. 9 released Lamentations, Song of Songs, the 27th volume of its Believers...

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In Benin, economic empowerment born out of tragedy

Jan 19, 2015 by and

COTONOU, Benin — It took the death of a child to create a community bank that brings more abundant life to many people in Benin. In the early years of the partnership of Mennonite Board of Missions, a...

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Cracking ‘stained-glass ceiling,’ women reach prominent pulpits

Sep 15, 2014 by and

Chicago. New York. Washington. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in these cities. In May, Shannon Johnson Kershner became the first woman solo...

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Giving girls space

Sep 1, 2014 by

What a great challenge and responsibility it is for the church to help shape girls into women of God. Especially in a world that hasn’t been so great to women. Some recent evidence: Two Amish girls kidnapped...

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Scripture wasn’t written for men alone

May 27, 2014 by

After seeing the film, The Stoning of Soraya M., it is clear that it is far too easy for Christians and Jews to rush to judgments of Islam. The film raises questions not only about the few evil practitioners...

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15 women of peace

May 19, 2014 by

I recently received an email from Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo (Ont.) inviting me to attend an exhibit and concert commemorating the life and work of Bertha Von Suttner, the first woman...

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Women’s choir celebrates a decade of world music

Apr 14, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — The first things Kate Friesen noticed about the Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir were their colorful scarves and bare feet. “But their sound was different, too,” said Friesen, a...

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Allow space for women

Mar 3, 2014 by

Every moment of the Anabaptist women’s conference Feb. 20-22 was filled with opportunities to share insight, theology, stories and friendship. It was exciting and energizing; it was exhausting...

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