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Sparking joy by letting go

2.25. 2019 Written By: Emily Ralph Servant 817 Times read

Photo: A second-hand table and chairs that were refinished by Emily Ralph Servant and her family. Photo provided by author. “Hold each item, one by one,” Marie Kondo instructs families on her Netflix show. Then she says, “Only keep what sparks joy for you.” Everything else can be thanked and let go. Sparks joy. That […]

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Sacred sorrow: Joining God in the broken place

2.1. 2019 Written By: Cindy Warner Baker 1,243 read

Photo: Gabriel Bauman-Baker with his son, Jonathan (Yoni) at Jonathan Noah’s grave. Photo provided. This article comes from the February issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Transformation.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. We had been married less than a month when the calls began: “This is so hard for me.” “I […]

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Consider the Mennonite colleges and universities

1.21. 2019 Written By: Janeen Bertsche Johnson 736 Times read

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Education.” For more stories on this theme, see the January issue of The Mennonite.   In my home growing up, it was an expectation that my brothers and I would attend one of the Mennonite colleges for at least one year. My years at a Mennonite college were […]

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I was wrong about Christian education

1.14. 2019 Written By: Rachael Thomas 1,921 read

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Education.” For more stories on this theme, see the January issue of The Mennonite. I never wanted to send my kids to a Christian school. In fact, I’m pretty sure if you asked young-adult me where I would like my future children to go to school, I would […]

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Three spiritual disciplines: A source of joy in times of fear and sorrow

12.31. 2018 Written By: Gwen Groff 531 Times read

Photo: People of Bethany Mennonite Church walk the church’s labyrinth. Photo by Tom Smith. This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Good News, Great Joy.” For more stories on this theme, see the December issue of The Mennonite. I have accumulated spiritual disciplines slowly, over decades. They are a source of joy in times of […]

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Transformative teaching: A practice of righteous resistance and liberating love

12.27. 2018 Written By: Melody M. Pannell 628 Times read

This article comes from the January issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Education that is just, equitable and liberated.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month.   “Education either conditions the younger generation into acceptance of society’s status quo or becomes the practice of freedom through which people deal critically and creatively […]

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Is there a place for me in this world?

12.17. 2018 Written By: Melissa Florer-Bixler 638 Times read

Photo: L’Arche community members in Portland, Oregon, including Adam, far right. Photo provided by L’Arche Portland. This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Good News, Great Joy.” For more stories on this theme, see the December issue of The Mennonite. Adam and I took frequent walks down to the Food Lion on the corner to […]

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