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Bodies found in DRC; UN officials, interpreter dead

3.28.2017
Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite  
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Photo: Michael J. (MJ) Sharp visits with Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, one of the camps for displaced people in eastern Congo. Photo by MCC/Jana Asenbrennerova.  Story updated at 4:00 p.m., March 28 Michael (M.J.) Sharp, a United Nations worker and one of six individuals kidnapped near Bunkonde in the Kasai region of the […]

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Lima Bean Eulogy: A poem for MJ

3.29.2017 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 1,728 read

We planted lima beans the morning after villagers found MJ’s body. The rotund little green dumplings nestling to the damp earth He nestled in a shallow grave with Zaida and Betu along the road from from Bukonde to Tshimbulu in Kasai. In a few weeks those dumplings will bust up, burst out and wind their […]

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Remembering MJ

3.28.2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman 4,385 Times read

I was a student at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, during the era when Texas Hold’em Poker became an obsession. It seemed like everywhere you looked people were not just playing the game, but watching it on ESPN, playing online, enjoying movies about card-counting casino heists, reading about it in magazine or writing books on […]

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Lent Reflection: Hallelu Yah

3.27.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 184 Times read

Hallelu Yah! Don’t put your faith in the powerful of the world, nor in humans incapable of saving: as soon as they’ve breathed their last sigh they return to the earth and in that very instant their projects vanish. Happy those who lean on God, whose hope is in the eternal God. Hallelu Yah! (author’s […]

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Anabaptist Women in North America: A photo essay

3.27.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 3,130 Times read

In March, as part of its 125th anniversary issue, Vogue magazine published a series of photographs of women across the United States. One of these photo essays was titled “Anabaptists in America” and it featured photos of Conservative Mennonite and Amish women near Martinsburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Conservative Mennonite and Amish women are certainly Anabaptist women and an […]

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Lent Reflection: Good leaders

3.26.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 172 Times read

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14 Samuel was sent by God to anoint a new king for Israel. God sent him to Bethlehem to the family of Jesse. And one by one Jesse presented each of […]

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Friday Roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.24.2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 174 Times read

Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite. 1. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first novel by George Saunders, the best-selling short story writer. (Last summer, I wrote about Tenth of December, his outstanding collection.) The novel is set in February 1862, following the death of President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie. The grief-stricken president visits […]

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Hope for the Future: Do you want to get well?

3.24.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 78 Times read

This is the third post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Hyacinth Stevens, is co- pastor of King of Glory Tabernacle in the Bronx, New York. She is also a program coordinator for MCC East […]

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Lent reflection: Can we trust God?

3.24.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 68 Times read

“Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.” 1 Samuel 15:10b, NIV Read: 1 Samuel 15:10-21 Why pick this difficult passage from Samuel for our reflection when the other lectionary texts for this day are the familiar-and-beloved Psalm 23 and the clear-and-oft-repeated rules for getting along in Ephesians 4? Well, exactly that. I […]

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Trust God, love each other

3.23.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 148 Times read

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation. The following reflection is adaptation of a homily Jane gave to the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) at the opening of their last meeting of the biennium, March […]

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Lent reflection: Empathy and compassion, Love is a verb

3.23.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 526 Times read

Monday evening, I sat on the couch cradling my four-year-old niece, Anna, who was crying out in agony from an ear ache. “Ouchhh,” she cried, in between tears and sniffles, as she buried her head in my chest and snuggled closer. “Just…snuggle me,” she said, trying to catch her breath. I held her closer and […]

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Lent Reflection: “Is the Lord among us or not?”

3.20.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 203 Times read

Reflections on Exodus 17:1-7 and Psalm 95.  For many generations of Christians, Mennonite Church USA has been an overflowing oasis of spiritual formation, cultural confirmation and interpersonal affirmation. There has been a strong sense of a distinct identity, community and shared values. Our religious Anabaptist theology and our ethnic Mennonite heritage has benefited the majority […]

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When Good News becomes fake news

3.18.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 641 Times read

We are living in an era of fake news. No, I’m not referring to the outrageous claims of President Donald Trump about CNN and the New York Times. I’m talking about the Good News of the gospel being hijacked by fear and despair as we proclaim the end of decency in the United States and around […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.17.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 145 Times read

David and Leann Augsburger are two semi-retired people who co-lead a home base church (Peace Mennonite Church, Claremont, California) and volunteer to welcome, care, and connect people in the San Gabriel valley.  1. Why I Stayed, Why I left; Conversations on Christianity between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son, by Tony Compolo and Bart Compolo, 2017: […]

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March 15 prayer vigil for violence in the DRC, 6 kidnapped individuals

3.14.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 3,426 Times read

This call to prayer was compiled by Annie Lengacher Browning and other members of Mountain States Mennonite Conference. They invite others to gather in prayer tomorrow, March 15 from 10-10:30 p.m. Eastern/7-7:30 p.m. Pacific.  The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the midst of a decades-long conflict that has taken the lives of millions […]

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Lent reflection: I lift my eyes up to the hills

3.12.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 278 Times read

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day nor the moon by night. The LORD […]

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Lent Reflection: The Kingdom of God here and now

3.11.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 96 Times read

Brian Martin Burkholder serves as University Campus Pastor and Director of Campus Ministries at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Scripture passages for today: Psalm 121; Isaiah 51:4-8; Luke 7:1-10 Too many times I choose the less risky path of remaining in the comfort of complacency. As a follower of Jesus, the one who fulfills prophecy, […]

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Lent day four: Restorative Justice, Shalom and Well-Watered Gardens

3.4.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 139 Times read

” Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.3.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 142 Times read

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how we pass on our faith to future generations. No matter what our age, there are those who are younger (children, grandchildren, younger church friends, coworkers, etc.) in our lives who we can mentor in faith.  Today’s five things all help us pass on faith in one way […]

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Features

3.9.2017 Written By: Ben Goossen 3,787 Times read

Mennonite privilege

Ben Goossen is a scholar of global history at Harvard University. He is the author of Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era, forthcoming in May from Princeton University Press. This article is excerpted from a sermon he gave at Southern Hills Mennonite Church, Topeka, Kansas.  This piece originally appeared in the February issue […]

3.8.2017 Written By: Joanna Harader, Sunoko Lin and Philip Rosenberger 187 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: Ministry and Leadership

The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was developed in 1995, and is the most recent systematic statement of belief for Mennonite Church USA.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and […]

3.6.2017 Written By: Gerald J. Mast 2,242 Times read

When Anabaptists were refugees

Gerald J. Mast is Professor of Communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. This piece originally appeared on his blog, Anabaptist Persuasion.  On July 13, 1711, Christian Stutzman and Magdalena Stucki left their home in Bern, Switzerland to travel north down the Rhine River on a boat headed for the Netherlands. Christian was a 34 year old […]

3.6.2017 Written By: Olivia Copsey 315 Times read

Make America ____________ Again: A photo essay

Olivia Copsey is a sophomore at Hesston (Kansas) College. A version of this article appeared in the Hesston College Horizon. I was extremely confused when I discovered that Donald Trump had become an official candidate for president. But I was not surprised. Donald Trump was able to get people excited about his possible presidency, people who […]

3.6.2017 Written By: Katie Hurst, The Mennonite 201 Times read

Jonathan Kuttab: Peacemaking as a way of life

Photo: Jonathan Kuttab speaks during a Gaza Webcast in 2014. Photo by Bud Korotzer/Creative Commons. For Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian Mennonite, peacemaking is more than a concept; it’s a way of life. As a human rights lawyer in Israel-Palestine and the United States, Kuttab knows the value of finding alternatives to violence as a means of […]

3.2.2017 Written By: Rachel Bowman 85 Times read

Leading into the Common Good: How can Anabaptist identity empower us?

Rachel Bowman was a student at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, when she gave this speech at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective.  I’ve been asked to respond to the question, “how can our Anabaptist identity empower us?” But in order to answer that question, I feel that I must first pose […]

Opinions

3.27.2017 Written By: Felipe Hinojosa 169 Times read

Black, Brown, and Mennonite: Lessons from the Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and Black Freedom Struggles for the Mennonite Church

We invite you to join us for a series of discussions and lectures on the legacy of the Minority Ministries Council of the Mennonite Church March 30-April 1 at the Greencroft Community Center in Goshen, Indiana. Who were the Minority Ministries Council and why does their work matter? Between 1968 and 1973, the Minority Ministries […]

3.15.2017 Written By: Kathy Neufeld Dunn 73 Times read

The Practice of Descent

Kathy Neufeld Dunn is Associate Conference Minister in Kansas for Western District Conference. This piece originally appeared in the WDC Sprouts newsletter.  Lent—forty days of prayer and practice. Lent is a season of the Christian Year when we openly admit our human frailty and sinfulness. Some of our congregations who rarely practice confession take time […]

2.20.2017 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Into Account 1,000 read

Advice for congregations and institutions responding to reports of abuse

This advice is drawn from a Feb. 14 phone interview with Hannah Heinzekehr. Dr. Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder formed the nonprofit organization Into Account in Fall 2015. Pooling their collective expertise, Krehbiel and Yoder offer free services to survivors of abuse looking for accountability in Christian contexts as well as paid services for […]

2.15.2017 Written By: Naomi Yoder 613 Times read

Stop talking about “Ethnic Mennonites”

Naomi Yoder, Infinity Mennonite Church, New York, is collaborating with her father to write about his life and hers. Several years ago I began thinking about my experience as an atypical “Ethnic Mennonite.” I’m uncomfortable with that label. It’s not like “New Yorker” or “used-to-be-brunette-now-streaked-with-grey,” which describe me in concrete ways. But “Ethnic Mennonite”? That’s […]

1.31.2017 Written By: Safwat Marzouk 134 Times read

Love the stranger as yourself

Safwat Marzouk is associate professor of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. He is on sabbatical this semester, focusing on reading the story of Joseph (Genesis 37–50) through the eyes of forced migrants. This piece originally ran on the Practicing Reconciliation blog.  You and I might be citizens or legal residents of the United States, […]

1.30.2017 Written By: John Paul Lederach 2,168 Times read

Practicing compassion in churchwide disagreements

This piece grew out of a request for counsel from Mountain States Mennonite Conference as they considered the request to ordain a pastor in a same-sex relationship. On Dec. 11, Theda Good was ordained at First Mennonite Church in Denver. John Paul Lederach is professor of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) […]