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Vernal pools in Appalachia

5.11. 2020 Written By: Steven David Johnson

Photo: Spotted salamander egg mass. Photo by the author This article comes from the May issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “The presence of beauty.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. When considering aesthetics, amphibians may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But as a […]

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Beauty that saves the world

4.27. 2020 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk

This article comes from the May issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “The presence of beauty.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, your […]

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Whispers of hope: Finding resilience in the face of loss and sorrow

4.20. 2020 Written By: Melody M. Pannell

Photo: The author’s mother. 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. In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength […]

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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

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

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

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

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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