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Mission Network personnel contract COVID-19 in Europe

4.6.2020
Written By: Lynda Hollinger-Janzen, Mennonite Mission Network  
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Three members of a Mennonite Mission Network family in France and three other MMN workers in France, Germany and Spain are recovering from COVID-19. The family members in France are Martine Audéoud, her husband, Gary Wittig, and their 12-year-old son, Samuel, who live in Illzach, near the German border. They trace their exposure to a conference […]

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3.30.2020 Written By: Timothy H. Heatwole Shenk 684 Times read

There will be times: A letter to my 10-year-old daughter

Photo: The author’s children (from left): Lydia, Mateo and Vivia. Photo provided by the author. This article comes from the April issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Resilient hope.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. This letter to my 10-year-old daughter is based on actual experiences and conversations, […]

3.23.2020 Written By: Michelle Christian Curtis and Rachel Miller Jacobs 299 Times read

The most important thing we do at seminary?

Photo: Rachel Miller Jacobs (bottom left), Michelle Christian Curtis, Andrew Hudson, Gay Kauffman and Jewel Gingerich Longenecker pray at AMBS. Photo provided by the authors. This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “The mystery and power of prayer.” For more stories on this theme, see the March issue of The Mennonite. The voices rise, overlapping […]

3.16.2020 Written By: Shannon W. Dycus 257 Times read

Why pray?

Photo by Adrien Olichon on Unsplash This article comes from the March issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “The mystery and power of prayer.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. I can’t add more wisdom to our knowledge about prayer. Scholars and mystics have given us great definitions, […]

3.9.2020 Written By: Lucinda J. Kinsinger 329 Times read

Prayer as partnership with God

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “The mystery and power of prayer.” For more stories on this theme, see the March issue of The Mennonite. My great grandma’s rocker had a cover on it once—blue blocks in several shades, circled by a dark blue ruffle—but I thought it ugly, so I threw it way. […]

3.2.2020 Written By: Marlene Kropf 1,221 read

Prayer changes everything

This article comes from the March issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “The mystery and power of prayer.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. During the years my younger brother struggled with alcoholism, I also struggled with prayer. How could I pray for him? I understood God cared […]

2.24.2020 Written By: Jeanne Davies 481 Times read

The disabled God and our imperfect bodies

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “The dignity of bodies.” For more stories on this theme, see the February issue of The Mennonite. When the first human (“adam”) was created, God took some soil (“adamah”) and breathed life into it. From our beginning we have been earth-infused with the divine. God’s breath of life […]

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3.26.2020 Written By: John Tyson 894 Times 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 185 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 […]

2.24.2020 Written By: J Ron Byler 781 Times read

Open letter: A call to offer welcome, refuge

Photo: A view of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. MCC photo/J Ron Byler Over the past two weeks, I’ve traveled in the U.S.-Mexico border region from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, with stops in more than 10 cities on both sides of the border. I have seen and keenly feel the pain of […]

2.17.2020 Written By: Katerina Friesen 428 Times read

Who cares about climate change?

Photo: Participants at the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 climate retreat in California. Photo provided by the author. “I’m beginning to wonder, is the Gospel that we’ve preached too small?” a church leader pondered at a recent climate retreat called “Who Cares about Climate Change: Pastoral Response to Denial and Despair,” led by Doug Kaufman, director of […]

1.21.2020 Written By: Michelle Jackett 935 Times read

Teaching with restorative values

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Education: Restorative justice.” For more stories on this theme, see the January issue of The Mennonite. I have heard it said that when one teaches, two learn. The more teaching I do, the more I am convinced there is truth in this. However, where I once thought that […]

10.21.2019 Written By: Chris Meyer 356 Times read

How to use shareholder advocacy for good

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Positive uses of power.” For more stories on this theme, see the October issue of The Mennonite. Since adolescence, I’ve aspired to work toward a just and sustainable world. My motivation stems in part from feelings of dread and urgency about the trajectory of life on earth and […]