Goshen kicks off school year
Annie Achieng Agutu, Barbara Hernandez-Walton and Marco Fraticelli pose for a photo.
Irrigation improves playing surface, water usage
This fall, the EMU baseball field should be a little greener—and in more than one sense of the word.
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Global Anabaptist Profile surveys and maps MWC
Latin American regional caucus at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.
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The Mennonite

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South Korean CO released from prison

8.31.2015
Written By: Devin Manzullo-Thomas  
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Sang-Min Lee, a South Korean Mennonite conscientious objector (CO) has been released from prison. Lee was sentenced to 18 months in prison for refusing, on the basis of his faith, to complete the government’s mandatory military service. According to a report from Kyong-Jung Kim, Lee was freed on 30 July 2015, after serving only 15 […]

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Jesus doesn’t need a denomination, but you might

8.28.2015 Posted By: Glen Guyton 181 Times read

The leadership education department at Duke University asks a good question: What’s the future of denominations? As a current denominational leader on an unsteady ship I probably think about this every single day and twice on Monday. As a former pastor I think, “Do I really need BIG denomination? Local ministry is where it is […]

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The cloud of witnesses after Joel’s death

8.21.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 1220 Times read
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Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. This originally ran as a post on the Mennonite Church USA website.  Recently a violent storm hit my life, ripping through my heart and shaking the foundation of my faith, when my husband Joel, suddenly and unexpectedly died. I was thrust into a new reality where nothing […]

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Joy in parenting (from a mother’s perspective)

8.18.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 171 Times read
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Aveani Moeljono is a writer and designer from Azusa, Calif. She graduated from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., in 2004 with a Master of Arts in Christian Formation. She is an active leader at the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference and is a steering committee member for the Women in Leadership Project. Avie is married […]

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Interview with the Menno Tea cofounders

8.12.2015 Posted By: Glen Guyton 317 Times read
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Niles Graber Alvarez and Hans Weaver launched their product in a dorm room at Goshen (Ind.) College in 2010. Their aim was simple: To brew delicious tea inspired by a family recipe from Lancaster County, Pa. But as Menno Tea grew, Hans and Niles found that their Mennonite roots gave them more than just a […]

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A paper airplane

8.4.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 477 Times read
Beachy-Jonathan

Jonathan Beachy of San Antonio, Texas, has spent a lifetime caring for and being enriched by persons society often rejects. Those persons have included special needs students in Texas, and prison inmates and indigenous persons in South America. As a volunteer with Interfaith Welcome Coalition he has seen the face of Jesus over and over […]

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Features

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8.27.2015 Written By: Martin Shupack 498 Times read

The Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage

Let me put on my lawyer hat for a moment—and a bit of the pastoral as well—to write briefly about June’s ruling by the Supreme Court. As a result of that decision, it is now the law of the land that individuals have the right to marry a person of the same sex, a right […]

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8.19.2015 Written By: Shé Langley 451 Times read

Best practices for church websites

Missional churches are busy worshiping, leading, and sharing with their community. Your website can reflect this through fresh updated content, ultimately building a sense of community with your site’s visitors through continued engagement. When I Googled “best practices for church websites” in spring 2015 it returned about 1,330,000 results. While most of the sites provide […]

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7.11.2015 Written By: Ryan Rodrick Beiler 2178 Times read

6 Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers respond to delayed action

Photo: Palestinian Christians lift their hands in prayer during a weekly service held as a nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, November 2, 2012. Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler Last week, delegates at the Mennonite convention in Kansas City voted to delay action on a Palestine-Israel resolution that […]

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6.25.2015 Written By: Marilyn Houser Hamm 924 Times read

Marilyn Houser Hamm offers song for MWC

The days that are before us, and the days of the coming Mennonite World Assembly, are perhaps like none other. What it means to be the church, what it means to be an Anabaptist faith community in our world is before us. Who we are corporately, and how we are as a discerning people lies […]

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6.23.2015 Written By: Dan Shenk 606 Times read

Goshen repents of being a ‘sundown town’

The author (left) and Lee Roy Berry Jr. after the resolution passed. Photo by Richar Aguirre. On March 17, the Goshen (Ind.) City Council voted 6–0 to pass “A Resolution Acknowledging the Racially Exclusionary Past of Goshen, Indiana, as a ‘Sundown Town.’ ” The Goshen council thereby may have become the first elected body of […]

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6.23.2015 Written By: Titus Peachey 698 Times read

Fire from heaven

A reflection on Luke 9:51-56 In this text, two of Jesus’ most beloved disciples are ready to engage in what we may describe as an act of terror by calling down fire on their social enemies, the Samaritans. And the disciples are explicit … they intend this holy fire from heaven to destroy the Samaritans. […]

Opinions

8.27.2015 Written By: Don Blosser 456 Times read

Should slavery be normative for us today?

Slavery was common in most of the ancient world. It was an accepted practice by the ancient patriarchs, and other religious figures in the Old Testament. (See Exodus 21:3, 7, 20-21.) The New Testament writers did not oppose slavery. It was all around them, and they accepted it as a cultural given about how life […]

8.27.2015 Written By: Gordon Houser 75 Times read

The power of celebration

We Mennonites have long been known for our service, our convictions about peace and our history of being persecuted. We have not been known for our celebration. Perhaps we need to refocus our attention. I’ve been called, with reason, a pessimist. I’m as suspicious as most cynics of false hope, bravado or a smile painted […]

8.27.2015 Written By: Ervin Stutzman 83 Times read

The prayer-filled life

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.—Mark 1:35 TNIV I appreciate the ministry of Richard J. Foster, who imparts a vision for church renewal and spiritual growth combining the best from six great historic traditions of […]

8.27.2015 Written By: Gordon Houser 67 Times read

Movies and mental illness

With some exceptions, movies generally aren’t out in front of societal trends or offering prophetic looks at certain issues. After all, it takes a while to make a movie. And they often come out some years after a trend or topic becomes well-known. But movies do often raise awareness of certain issues or topics and […]

8.27.2015 Written By: Jenn Carreto 64 Times read

Ignore-it-and-power-through doesn’t work

In my last column, I shared reflections on the process of returning to one’s roots, a process I’ve been engaging in since my faith community of Seattle Mennonite began discussing the Doctrine of Discovery. This led me to reach out to my father, whom I hadn’t seen since I was 5 years old. I also […]

8.27.2015 Written By: John D. Roth 54 Times read

Is Christian faithfulness possible without unity?

By all accounts, the 16th Mennonite World Conference Assembly that took place July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., was a resounding success. Memories of worshiping with 7,500 people from 65 countries; unexpected encounters with old and new friends; the beautiful profusion of sights and sounds of a truly global church; workshops on challenging topics and creative […]