This “Opinions” section of our website provides a forum for the voices within Mennonite Church USA and related Anabaptist-Mennonite voices. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the official positions of The Mennonite, the board for The Mennonite, Inc., or Mennonite Church USA.

Opinions posts

Sacrificing the economy or sacrificing human life? It’s a false choice.

3.26. 2020 Written By: John Tyson 894 Times read

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, dilemmas of significant moral and theological gravity have surfaced. I find one such dilemma, raised recently in our cultural conversation, especially troubling. Public officials have begun suggesting that Americans must choose between sacrificing economic progress or sacrificing human life. This was uttered first by Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor […]

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The Bible undergirds human rights

3.9. 2020 Written By: Siaka Traoré 185 Times read

Mennonite World Conference has four commissions that serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches: deacons, faith and life, peace, mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the MWC General Council, give guidance and propose resources to member churches, and facilitate MWC-related networks or fellowships working together on matters of common interest and focus. In the […]

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Open letter: A call to offer welcome, refuge

2.24. 2020 Written By: J Ron Byler 781 Times read

Photo: A view of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. MCC photo/J Ron Byler Over the past two weeks, I’ve traveled in the U.S.-Mexico border region from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, with stops in more than 10 cities on both sides of the border. I have seen and keenly feel the pain of […]

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Who cares about climate change?

2.17. 2020 Written By: Katerina Friesen 428 Times read

Photo: Participants at the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 climate retreat in California. Photo provided by the author. “I’m beginning to wonder, is the Gospel that we’ve preached too small?” a church leader pondered at a recent climate retreat called “Who Cares about Climate Change: Pastoral Response to Denial and Despair,” led by Doug Kaufman, director of […]

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Teaching with restorative values

1.21. 2020 Written By: Michelle Jackett 935 Times read

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Education: Restorative justice.” For more stories on this theme, see the January issue of The Mennonite. I have heard it said that when one teaches, two learn. The more teaching I do, the more I am convinced there is truth in this. However, where I once thought that […]

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How to use shareholder advocacy for good

10.21. 2019 Written By: Chris Meyer 356 Times read

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Positive uses of power.” For more stories on this theme, see the October issue of The Mennonite. Since adolescence, I’ve aspired to work toward a just and sustainable world. My motivation stems in part from feelings of dread and urgency about the trajectory of life on earth and […]

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Lessons in pastoral power

10.14. 2019 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim 504 Times read

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Positive uses of power.” For more stories on this theme, see the October issue of The Mennonite. When people ask me what Mennonites believe, I tell them, among other things, that we pursue a life of service rather than pursue wealth, fame or power. But it’s not quite […]

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