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Leading into the common good: What gives me hope in a chaotic world?

1.18. 2017 Written By: Londen Wheeler 144 Times read

Londen Wheeler was a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he gave this speech at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective. We will be publishing additional speeches from college students reflecting on Anabaptist identity and leadership later this month. Photo by Jonathan Bush.  I was struggling with this topic […]

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Lines that Divide

1.17. 2017 Written By: Sadie Gustafson-Zook 774 Times read

Sadie Gustafson-Zook is a student at Goshen (Indiana) College. She is also a songwriter, fiddler and accomplished muscian. Sadie’s first solo album is called “Melange,” on which she is backed by her parents, accomplished folk musicians Les and Gwen Gustafson-Zook.  Lyrics for “Lines that Divide”: You and I don’t have to agree, we were brought […]

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Redeeming Betrayal

1.16. 2017 Written By: Lars Akerson 375 Times read

Lars Åkerson lives in Durham, North Carolina and is the co-founder of Life Lines, a podcast featuring writers on death row. He is a part of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship.  Among the many deaths of 2016 was Ann Atwater, a long-time North Carolina civil rights leader. Ann was eighty. She organized in Durham for decades, […]

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Responding to sexual abuse

1.12. 2017 Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite 416 Times read

This article originally ran in the October issue of The Mennonite magazine.  Editor’s note: Over the past year, we have published—in the magazine and online—a series of articles focused on sexual abuse in Mennonite contexts, support for survivors of abuse and safe church practices and policies. These posts grow out of our desire to take the […]

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Neighbors are nearby

1.11. 2017 Written By: Katherine Roberts 135 Times read

Katherine Roberts is a folklorist and a writer. She lives in the North Carolina Piedmont, where she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her two children, and building community. She attends Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your […]

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We’re all the bosses of our own bodies

1.10. 2017 Written By: Marathana Prothro 414 Times read

Marathana Prothro is assistant professor of communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. She lives in Bluffton with her husband and their son.  This piece originally ran on the Dove’s Nest website.  Oh, the awkwardness of unsolicited hugs. Most parents have experienced uncomfortable—even dreaded—moments when our child refuses to hug or kiss someone who truly has the […]

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Alexandra Shoup: How can our Anabaptist identity empower us?

1.10. 2017 Written By: Alexandra Shoup 213 Times read

This is the first of seven reflections on leadership and Anabaptist identity that were offered by college students at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective. We will be publishing additional speeches later this month.   Alexandra Shoup is a 2016 graduate of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. So, how can our […]

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