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Central District licenses pastor in same-sex relationship

7.31.2015
Written By: Kelli Yoder of Mennonite World Review  
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Photo: Members of Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church lay their hands on Mark Rupp while Lois Johns Kaufmann, conference minister for Mennonite Church USA’s Central District, prays during a service to license Rupp as pastor of Christian formation on July 26. Photo by Hannah Reiser. Central District Conference licensed Mark Rupp for ministry at Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite […]

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Discernment needed

8.1.2015 Posted By: Rafael Barahona 132 Times read
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This past 4th of July, the news reported that in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart a person dressed as an armored vehicle delivery driver was handed 75 thousand dollars in cash without anyone suspecting that he was an impostor until the real driver arrived an hour later that afternoon. How can such deception be possible? How could […]

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7.11.2015 Written By: Ryan Rodrick Beiler 1715 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 471 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 324 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 409 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. […]

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6.23.2015 Written By: Isaac S. Villegas 858 Times read

Drones are demons

Just as the early church called for prayer against demons, we are called to pray against drones. In February, The Guardian reported that a U.S. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a weaponized drone, killed Mohammed Tuaiman, a 13-year-old boy in Yemen. When Mohammed’s brother Maqded arrived at the scene of attack, he was horrified: “I saw all […]

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6.23.2015 Written By: Cindy Voth 389 Times read

Listen to God and each other

The Jerusalem Council models reconciliation in church conflicts In Acts 15, we read of a transformative experience called the Jerusalem Council, where some ethnocentric Jewish believers who follow Jesus insist that Gentile believers must also abide by Jewish cultural laws, such as circumcision and observing the food purity laws, if they want to follow Jesus. […]

Opinions

8.2.2015 Written By: Theda Good 2424 Times read

A letter from Theda Good

In the August issue, Isaac Villegas’ column was a letter to Theda Good. Villegas is pastor of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Church and a member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. Mountain States Mennonite Conference leaders announced their decision to license Theda Good on Dec. 23, 2013. Good, who is in a committed same-sex relationship, is a […]

7.30.2015 Written By: Meghan Larissa Good 2805 Times read

Worship heals

A few years ago, I answered a knock early on a Saturday morning to find a family of three at my apartment door. The husband was dressed in a severe-looking, high-collared suit. His wife stood to his left and a half-step behind, with eyes cast toward the ground. A little girl hid behind her mother’s […]

7.28.2015 Written By: Anna Groff 2275 Times read

Time for a new constituency group

I encourage the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) to invite a new member to the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC): Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBTQ Concerns. BMC, an organization working for an inclusive church since 1976, had exhibit space at Kansas City 2015. This suggestion comes out of a petition circulating at KC2015 with 345 signatures, […]

7.28.2015 Written By: Gordon Houser 684 Times read

The power of Listening for Grace

After sitting in the delegate sessions much of the week of Kansas City 2015, I attended Ted and Co. Theater Works’ production of Listening for Grace late Saturday night (July 4). It was one of the highlights of the convention for me. The play is about Daryl, who is grieving the death of his wife, […]

7.28.2015 Written By: Ervin Stutzman 1243 Times read

Discerning God’s will together

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.—Romans 12:2–3 TNIV It’s a daring thing to say that we know God’s will. Yet the delegates at the June […]

7.28.2015 Written By: Isaac Villegas 6583 Times read

A Letter to Theda Good

Querida Theda, That July evening, a few hours before our Mennonite assembly began, as we worshiped God together in Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, when you took your place at the Lord’s Table with Christ’s broken body in your hands, as I stood in front of you with my open hands, you glanced at my […]