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Living Life as Purple People

9.13. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

“A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.” Acts 16:14 My senior year of high school, I pulled my car into my garage feeling utterly defeated. After about a month […]

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Seeing the humanity in one another

9.7. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Ben Wideman is Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.  Cindy Lapp’s recent reflection on her experience at the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests stands out to me in a number of different ways, perhaps none greater than her emphasis on the need to see the humanity in those with […]

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Being our best through bipartisan friendships

5.30. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Lorraine wrote the conservative column in our school newspaper, wore a cap at our graduation that said “I survived college without becoming a liberal,” and has young Republican and Ben Carson stickers all over her laptop. I, on the other hand, wrote the left-leaning social justice column for Hesston (Kansas) College’s student news site; can […]

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A place I found healing

5.18. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Jennifer Delanty is a member of Seattle Mennonite Church and mother of four young adults, all in their 20s. She enjoys writing, cats, traveling, African-American history and counting the many blessings of her three-generation household. This post originally ran on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the […]

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Eyes wide open

5.5. 2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman

I grew up in southern Ontario, just a short distance from Canada’s Wonderland, the largest amusement park in Canada and one of the most popular places for family fun during the summer in southern Ontario. It has dozens of thrill rides and rollercoasters, and if you find a day when the lines aren’t too long, […]

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Recognizing Our Bruises and Preventing More Pain

2.23. 2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

For the record, I do not consider myself accident prone, although I seem to hurt myself a lot. I’m not clumsy, I just have a tendency to do everything—work and play—hard and fast. Life’s too short to dilly-dally, right? And now that I have three kids, three pigs and a giant mobile chicken house to […]

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Finding your rhythm and rule

1.31. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister of Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Mennonite Church USA Menno Snapshots blog.  How am I doing? When was the last time you really asked yourself this question (and answered)? No matter your political persuasion, these last few months have been quite … […]

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