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

3.30. 2020 Written By: Timothy H. Heatwole Shenk 389 Times read

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, […]

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The most important thing we do at seminary?

3.23. 2020 Written By: Michelle Christian Curtis and Rachel Miller Jacobs 286 Times read

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 […]

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Why pray?

3.16. 2020 Written By: Shannon W. Dycus 249 Times read

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, […]

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Prayer as partnership with God

3.9. 2020 Written By: Lucinda J. Kinsinger 319 Times read

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. […]

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Prayer changes everything

3.2. 2020 Written By: Marlene Kropf 1,184 read

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 […]

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The disabled God and our imperfect bodies

2.24. 2020 Written By: Jeanne Davies 477 Times read

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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Examples of worship practices that use consent

2.17. 2020 Written By: Samuel Voth Schrag 895 Times read

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. As a member of the board of Dove’s Nest, an independent Anabaptist nonprofit working to protect children from all types of child abuse and neglect, I’ve become more and more aware […]

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