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

What would Mr. Rogers do with the Muslim travel ban?

7.11. 2018 Written By: Mel Lehman 768 Times read

I know a thing or two about the power of fear. I was grounded by a fear of flying many years ago. I traveled to Europe twice in a cheap cabin deep in the belly of the Queen Elizabeth 2, near the rumbling engines, because I couldn’t bring myself to get on an airplane. With […]

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A place of refuge or oppression?

7.2. 2018 Written By: Safwat Marzouk 1,231 read

The recent “zero tolerance” policy that has been conducted by the Trump administration toward asylum seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border has left thousands of families horrified and traumatized as parents and children were detained separately. Such an abhorrent policy does not take into account the vulnerability of these migrant families who have escaped violence and […]

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What I learned at the Philadelphia Detention Center

6.28. 2018 Written By: Amanda Bouwman 745 Times read

I recently participated in a tour of the Philadelphia Detention Center. After doing a lot of reading about the injustice of mass incarceration in our country, including The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, I feel like my eyes have been opened to a new reality that I had previously ignored or had not chosen to see […]

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The cost of not remembering 1525

6.18. 2018 Written By: Paul Hershberger 814 Times read

Two articles previewing an observance of a 500th anniversary of Anabaptism stressed the importance of “right remembering.” Another way to describe it might be “not remembering.” In 30-plus pages, in the January 2017 issues of The Mennonite and Mennonite Quarterly Review, there is no mention of three founders present at Anabaptism’s start, nor a brief […]

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The Gaza scandal: Are Mennonites listening?

5.21. 2018 Written By: Jonathan Kuttab 1,492 read

On May 14, the day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem and congratulated itself for advancing the peace process, the U.S.-supported Israeli military massacred more than 60 Palestinians participating in the nonviolent “Great March of Return” campaign. These events in Gaza reveal the scandal of how churches and civil society have been so […]

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‘Let’s talk about sex’ has taken on new meaning

4.30. 2018 Written By: Indigo Rey Miller 2,526 Times read

“Let’s talk about sex,” doesn’t mean what it used to. At one time these provocative song lyrics spoke specifically to the act of sex and would never have been spoken openly in many of our church communities. Mennonites, and the majority of Christians, have a long history of shutting down conversations about the body, but […]

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Connection through storytelling

4.6. 2018 Written By: Sheldon C. Good 282 Times read

This article comes from the April issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on spiritual resilience. Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. As I discerned the call to become executive director of The Mennonite, Inc., I came across a paper I wrote for my senior seminar course at Goshen (Ind.) College. In […]

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