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MCC U.S. boosts its immigration work with churches

6.15.2018
Written By: Linda Espenshade  
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Photo: Saulo Padilla, MCC U.S. immigration education coordinator (center), discusses a case study with Immigration Legal Training participants Elizabeth Castillo (left), Jane Curschmann and Alina Kilpatrick. MCC photo/Brenda Burkholder As the U.S. government increases immigration enforcement, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. has been expanding its legal training, resources and educational opportunities for immigrants and for their […]

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How did I get here?

6.15.2018 Posted By: Jerrell Williams 24 Times read

Since I’ve decided to work with both Franconia Mennonite Conference and The Mennonite this summer, the question most people ask is: “How did you become Mennonite?” While I get tired of answering this question, I find value in trying to understand my own journey. How did I become Mennonite? What is my life story and […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.15.2018 Posted By: The Mennonite 90 Times read

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives. 1. Sheepdogs or Pitbulls? The Los Angeles Times recently featured a front-page article on a conference at Mariners Church supported by the California Rifle and Pistol Association. […]

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The challenge of seeing God in our neighborhoods

6.11.2018 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 130 Times read
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“The one thing that I am sure is that I want to experience a radical change in my life and to understand God’s love. I need to know how one commits one’s life to Christ?” Those were the words Adrian used while we were having coffee at a local fast food restaurant. Sometimes I find […]

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Glimpsing who we can be together

6.11.2018 Posted By: Andrew Suderman 159 Times read

“If we want to be a peace church,” says Garcia Pedro Domingos, “we must also respond to and offer other alternatives to those who need jobs and financial stability.” Domingos, who comes from Angola, made this comment during face-to-face meetings of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Peace Commission. He shared stories about some of the challenges […]

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June recipe: Rhubarb strawberry jam bars

6.8.2018 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 141 Times read

We love these rhubarb strawberry jam bars so much that we have been known to make them multiple times a week during rhubarb season. Yield: 10-12 bars (9×9 pan) Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.8.2018 Posted By: The Mennonite 249 Times read

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives. 1. Other ways of worship In my congregation, summer is a time where worship service attendance tends to be down. People are on vacation or spending […]

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¡Bienvenidos a Meno Acontecer de junio, 2018!

6.7.2018 Posted By: The Mennonite 45 Times read

Suscríbase gratis en: menoacontecer@themennonite.org Encuentre los números anteriores en: https://themennonite.org/spanish/menoacontecerarchivos/ Para leer más historias de Meno Acontecer, visite https://themennonite.org/the-latest/spanishes/ Versión para imprimir: Meno Acontecer PDF La Conferencia Menonita de Illinois Reacciona Ante Medidas del Gobierno Contra Miles de Inmigrantes, Jóvenes Soñadores. El padre de una familia con niños en una iglesia menonitas hispana fue deportado a su país de origen. […]

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Talking about pornography as people of faith

6.7.2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 631 Times read

When I was a student at a Mennonite high school, there was a succession of male students who publicly disclosed their past “struggles” with pornography in chapel talks. They usually said that through scripture, prayer and perhaps accountability with other male peers they overcame the temptation to continue to view pornography. As a young woman, […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.1.2018 Posted By: The Mennonite 50 Times read

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives. I’ve been pondering summer reading this week. Our public library, area conference library and local bookstore are each having summer reading programs for kids and adults. […]

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Features

6.13.2018 Written By: Raylene Penner 301 Times read

Couple reflects on 30 years of co-pastoring one congregation

Photo: Roger and Cynthia Neufeld Smith. Photo provided. Fresh out of seminary in their early 30s and married just the previous year, Roger and Cynthia Neufeld Smith left Chicago for their first co-pastoring assignment at Southern Hills Mennonite Church in Topeka, Kansas. They knew they wanted an urban church, and Cynthia wanted to apply her […]

6.11.2018 Written By: Zachary Martinez 964 Times read

The privilege of safety and security

For more stories on the theme “Costly Discipleship,” see the June issue of The Mennonite, available here. When I was 16, a friend and I were arrested for setting off fireworks in a housing development near my home. When we noticed a police vehicle cruising the neighborhood, we ran and hid, but the officer saw […]

6.1.2018 Written By: Erica Littlewolf 1,321 read

The tears of a Northern Cheyenne woman

This article comes from the June issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on love across borders. Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. I have cried for others and I have cried for myself. They have been deep-seated tears that come from my solar plexus and make the painful journey to my […]

5.28.2018 Written By: Amy Yoder McGloughlin 452 Times read

Welcoming the stranger now versus 300 years ago

For more stories on the theme “Love Across Borders,” see the May issue of The Mennonite, available here. Germantown Mennonite church is the oldest Mennonite church in North America, founded in 1683 in Philadelphia. These early Mennonites did not come to seek safety from persecution, in contrast to the typical early Mennonite narrative in this […]

5.22.2018 Written By: Anna Vogt 145 Times read

In search of mercy

Photo: Members of Pueblos Creyentes – grassroots faith communities from Salto de Agua, Mexico – leave on a 25-day pilgrimage to San Cristobal de las Casa, Mexico, to demonstrate their opposition to a planned mega dam project. –MCC photo/Anna Vogt For more stories on the theme “Love Across Borders,” see the May issue of The Mennonite, available […]

5.9.2018 Written By: Jennifer Hernandez 522 Times read

Undocumented and unafraid: My journey as a DACAmented immigrant

This article comes from the May issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on love across borders. Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month.  This is my story of what happens when Christians dare to love across borders. Once upon a time, an 11-year-old and a 15-year-old, unaccompanied minors, were crossing the Mexico-Arizona […]

Opinions

5.21.2018 Written By: Jonathan Kuttab 1,261 read

The Gaza scandal: Are Mennonites listening?

On May 14, the day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem and congratulated itself for advancing the peace process, the U.S.-supported Israeli military massacred more than 60 Palestinians participating in the nonviolent “Great March of Return” campaign. These events in Gaza reveal the scandal of how churches and civil society have been so […]

5.16.2018 Written By: Christopher Barghout 2,124 Times read

Responding to ‘Rethinking Mennonites’ approach to Israel and Palestine’

“Respectful criticism is welcomed; comments should focus on others’ ideas, not motives, character or faith.” This is in part what The Mennonite, Inc.’s comments policy says. What if this comments policy were applied to articles like Lisa Schirch’s recent piece “Rethinking Mennonites’ approach to Israel and Palestine”? Let’s look at her article and see how […]

5.14.2018 Written By: Lisa Schirch 3,691 Times read

Rethinking Mennonites’ approach to Israel and Palestine

This month, Israel is celebrating the 70th year since its creation, and Palestinians are marking 70 years of the Nakba, the catastrophe of losing their homes and villages. Today, while the United States opened its controversial new embassy in Jerusalem, tens of thousands of Palestinians protested the Nakba along the border fence separating Gaza and Israel. […]

4.30.2018 Written By: Indigo Rey Miller 2,357 Times read

‘Let’s talk about sex’ has taken on new meaning

“Let’s talk about sex,” doesn’t mean what it used to. At one time these provocative song lyrics spoke specifically to the act of sex and would never have been spoken openly in many of our church communities. Mennonites, and the majority of Christians, have a long history of shutting down conversations about the body, but […]

4.6.2018 Written By: Sheldon C. Good 272 Times read

Connection through storytelling

This article comes from the April issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on spiritual resilience. Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. As I discerned the call to become executive director of The Mennonite, Inc., I came across a paper I wrote for my senior seminar course at Goshen (Ind.) College. In […]

3.28.2018 Written By: Ben Goossen 2,525 Times read

Sermons I never heard

Mennonite theology has not prepared us to deal with mass shootings. The faith I grew up with is a religion of victimhood, in which evil resides outside of us—in “the world.” There is no space for thinking about ourselves as part of the problem. I now know I am part of systems that undergird capitalist […]