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Overwhelmed by need, MDS boosts joint relief fund

5.26.2020
Written By: Tim Huber, Mennonite World Review  
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A congregational relief fund has grown to $800,000 as more than 300 U.S. Anabaptist congregations have applied for assistance to weather financial challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasizing the economic difficulty facing many small churches, a significant portion of support comes from Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). As of May 8, 320 congregations had applied […]

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5.27.2020 Written By: Erica Littlewolf 74 Times read

Facing COVID-19 in a Native community

Photo: Jayshaun Bigback (left) and Daejae Spotted Elk give out food to elders in the community from Voices of the Sacred, a nonprofit run by Krystal Two Bulls, executive director. Photo by Krystal Two Bulls This article comes from the June issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Community in the face of COVID-19.” Read more reflections […]

5.26.2020 Written By: Janice Wiebe Ollenburger 255 Times read

Beauty matters

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “The presence of beauty.” For more stories on this theme, see the May issue of The Mennonite. Beauty matters. It feeds my spirit and focuses my mind. It helps me breathe deeper and relax. It brings me joy. I love to make beautiful things, see beautiful things, use […]

5.18.2020 Written By: Dona Park 327 Times read

What makes us human

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “The presence of beauty.” For more stories on this theme, see the May issue of The Mennonite. Entering an art museum was entering a sacred space. It was pristine, laden with recently lacquered wooden floors, lit with warm lights and surrounded by silence, with the exception of the […]

5.18.2020 Written By: Mariah Martin 645 Times read

Death and suffering as God’s medium for transformation

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “The presence of beauty.” For more stories on this theme, see the May issue of The Mennonite. “Mariah, I wish you were my mom.” These are sweet words to hear fall from the mouth of a little girl, until you remember that this particular little girl doesn’t have […]

5.11.2020 Written By: Steven David Johnson 257 Times read

Vernal pools in Appalachia

Photo: Spotted salamander egg mass. Photo by the author This article comes from the May issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “The presence of beauty.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. When considering aesthetics, amphibians may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But as a […]

4.27.2020 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 898 Times read

Beauty that saves the world

This article comes from the May issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “The presence of beauty.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, your […]

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5.18.2020 Written By: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis 272 Times read

A call to action amid COVID-19

God is working — even in chaos. In a matter of months, many of the corrupt systems that peacemakers and liberationists have been struggling and praying to change with limited successes have drastically slowed or come to a screeching halt. After raging fires in the Amazon and Australia, and ongoing worldwide protests for climate action, […]

5.4.2020 Written By: Madalyn Metzger, Everence 2,162 Times read

12 considerations as you prepare to reopen your church doors

As stay-at-home guidelines are eased and church doors and sanctuaries reopen, worship and church ministries will, undoubtedly, look different than before the coronavirus outbreak. And so it should — so that we continue to keep ourselves and our faith communities safe and healthy. But that means pastors and church leaders should prepare for what the […]

4.13.2020 Written By: James C. Juhnke 1,671 read

Religious freedom to spread deadly disease

This year’s Easter celebrations have been disrupted by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Here in Kansas, we have been drawn into a debate about the meaning and practice of gathering for religious worship. Last Tuesday, April 7, the Democratic governor, Laura Kelly, issued an executive order that limited religious gatherings to 10 people. On Wednesday, a […]

4.13.2020 Written By: Siaka Traoré and Lynda Hollinger-Janzen 262 Times read

Friendship rather than feuding

Photo: Issa Sawadogo and Siaka Traoré visit with one of Issa’s friends, Diallo. Photo courtesy of Mennonite Mission Network. As chair of Mennonite World Conference Deacons Commission, I and three others traveled to Hong Kong to stand in solidarity with our Mennonite brothers and sisters. After worshiping with Agape Mennonite Church on Dec. 1, 2019, […]

3.26.2020 Written By: John Tyson 1,368 read

Sacrificing the economy or sacrificing human life? It’s a false choice.

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, dilemmas of significant moral and theological gravity have surfaced. I find one such dilemma, raised recently in our cultural conversation, especially troubling. Public officials have begun suggesting that Americans must choose between sacrificing economic progress or sacrificing human life. This was uttered first by Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor […]

3.9.2020 Written By: Siaka Traoré 229 Times read

The Bible undergirds human rights

Mennonite World Conference has four commissions that serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches: deacons, faith and life, peace, mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the MWC General Council, give guidance and propose resources to member churches, and facilitate MWC-related networks or fellowships working together on matters of common interest and focus. In the […]