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

As modern settlers, how might we humble and transform ourselves?

10.14. 2019 Written By: Alice Price 333 Times read

Photo: Participants listen as farm manager Jesse Marchildon (center in plaid shirt) shares the history and current developments at the Rio Grande Farm Park. In the background is the MOKI, a mobile kitchen run by the Local Foods Coalition to promote local foods. Photo by Barry Bartel. The river is flowing, flowing and growing, the […]

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Showing up as Love

10.7. 2019 Written By: Chris Hoover Seidel 697 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. Power involves energy. The ways we engage energy are tied up in narratives, histories, agendas, self-worth, institutions, conditioning, traumas—even our sense of the Divine—and have very real consequences. Have you ever […]

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The cost of an unhealthy America

9.16. 2019 Written By: Craig Saylor 420 Times read

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Faith-filled responses to health-care costs.” For more stories on this theme, see the September issue of The Mennonite. Unhealthy in America. These words came to me as I reflected on my life as a consumer, licensed care giver, manager and board member, and hospital executive. My experience as […]

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Why are U.S. health-care costs so high?

9.9. 2019 Written By: Timothy Jost 971 Times read

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Faith-filled responses to health-care costs.” For more stories on this theme, see the September issue of The Mennonite. It is useful to think about health-care costs in two ways: the total cost of our health-care system and the costs of health care as experienced directly by individuals. Looking […]

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New Zealand’s prime minister, trees teach compassionate justice

8.19. 2019 Written By: Mark Hurst 389 Times read

We’ve moved into Magpie Hollow, a large house on a property of about 90 acres on the western edge of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. We hope to provide retreat space to host workshops on everything from peacemaking to quilting. There are many trees here. Aboriginal Peoples worldwide have always understood trees […]

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In need of a ‘just memory’ of Vietnam

8.12. 2019 Written By: Elisabeth Kvernen 464 Times read

Photo: Phùng Thị Tuyết carries her teenage son, Trần Minh Sơn, to see the cow they received from MCC partner Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange to help with the family’s income and security. Trần Minh Sơn suffers from severe disabilities from birth, a side effect of exposure to Agent Orange. MCC photo/Matthew Sawatzky. […]

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Trail of Death: Facing our past, moving toward peace

8.12. 2019 Written By: Peter Anderson 472 Times read

Photo: Trail of Death 2019 participants pray as they read the 600-plus names of Potawatomi people who died in the first decade following their arrival at the government-allocated land at St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park in Linn County, Kansas. Ben Parker Sutter is seated and Mara Weaver Boshart is standing. Photo by: Peter Anderson, fiercelyalive.com. […]

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