A journey to cover

Oct 2, 2018 by

“Excuse me, Ma’am.” “Yes?” I said, a little surprised by the short-haired, long-bearded man with tattoos covering his forearms. I had just buckled my littlest child into his car seat and was...

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Change without a bang

Sep 4, 2018 by

As a child, one of the things that fascinated me about Mennonites of the past was dress, particularly the head covering. What would it have been like to be marked, physically, by your religion? To have people...

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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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Sexual abuse challenges conservative communities

Jul 30, 2018 by and

An organization that addresses sexual abuse in conservative Anabaptist communities has suspended the vice chair of its board following allegations that he failed to protect abuse victims from a known sex...

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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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Red dresses, rebellion and redemption

Jun 22, 2018 by

“Red is the color of harlots. It’s the color of women in rebellion. Why would we want to have red dresses in the church when we are all well aware of what it represents?” Though the elderly preacher’s...

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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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Conservative Conference women hear apology

Aug 7, 2017 by and

KIDRON, Ohio — Conservative Mennonite Conference leaders apologized for imposing “extrabiblical church traditions” on women during the denomination’s annual conference July 27-30 at Central Christian...

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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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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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Kehrberg: Pro-life feminist

Feb 27, 2017 by

Sadly, we were too often more deeply committed to being “red” or “blue” than to Jesus, who cannot be defined by either. — Richard Showalter For years, here in the U.S., many Anabaptists stayed out of...

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Pregnancy center wages ‘spiritual battle for life’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

Growing up in a Christian home, Kerri Porter had never considered abortion an option. But when she became pregnant at 19, an abortion was the first thing she wanted. “I was very angry when I found out [I was...

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So much in common

Feb 13, 2017 by

I am a “pro-all-life” follower of Jesus who marched (“Sensing a Historic Moment, Women Join National March,” Jan. 30). The recent comments against people who protested the president saddened me,...

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Latin American women share benefits of caring

Feb 6, 2017 by , and

Mennonite Women USA is building stronger leadership for its Sister Care seminars in Latin America, where enthusiasm for the program is high. Sister Care seminars and materials have been received with much...

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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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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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Sister Care goes to Africa for first time

Jul 25, 2016 by , , , and

KISUMU, Kenya — The first Sister Care seminars in Africa introduced new challenges for co-presenters Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener. Although they have guided about 3,700 women in 15 countries through...

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Women overflow praise seminar

Mar 30, 2015 by , and

ORODARA, Burkina Faso — No room was big enough to hold the more than 225 women from the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso who gathered for a seminar Feb. 2-6 at Orodara Mennonite Bible School. By...

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Advent as “God’s time”

Dec 15, 2014 by

Time. We never seem to have enough of it, and yet it dominates us, ruling our days and how we view and spend our hours, even our very lives. Time was Professor John Swinton’s theme when he spoke a couple of...

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