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When addressing sexual assault in Southern Baptist churches, victims don’t have a safe place to speak; leaders abuse their power and remain unaccountable. Perhaps Anabaptists can teach us the right way to respond. […] Read More

After the March 15 attack on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 dead, I visited our local mosque and sat down with some of my Muslim neighbors as they processed their grief. It was a long overdue visit. […] Read More

(RNS) Goshen College will no longer play The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting events, school leaders announced, reversing last year’s decision to allow the use of the national anthem for the first time in the Mennonite college’s history. Some Mennonites had criticized the anthem’s lyrics as glorifying war and offensive to the school’s pacifist traditions. Goshen’s […] Read More

NEWTON, Kan. – As the United States prepares to invade Iraq, the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board is asking Mennonites to kneel in prayer. In a letter to congregations, Jim Schrag, executive director of the MC USA Executive Board, is calling Mennonites to mark March 16 as a day for prayer and fasting. The day […] Read More

NEW YORK – If a war begins in Iraq, unsanitary water may be one of the biggest threats to the civilian population, according to an official with CARE International. Margaret Hassan, the humanitarian agency’s Iraq program officer, said 60 percent of the Iraqi people don’t have access to clean water – a factor that is […] Read More

DENVER, Pa. – Even a casual talk with Amos Hoover can seem noteworthy. Tucked in his plain gray coat is a palm-sized notebook in which Hoover scribbles whatever information his companion might share. It might be some obscure point of Anabaptist history, or directions to a remote Hutterite colony. Hoover, an Old Order historian and […] Read More

Mennonite congregations that are trying harder than ever to attract new members find themselves in a quandary: They’re entering a popularity contest while burdened with a handicap that limits their appeal. The handicap is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus preached this gospel when he said, “Woe to you who are rich.” When he told […] Read More

HARRISONBURG, Va. – When military recruiters set up their tables at Eastern Mennonite University Oct. 3, several students and faculty were appalled. EMU administrators, however, said they tried to turn the event into an opportunity to present a Christian witness for nonviolence. The recruiters – from the Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Military Academy […] Read More

What is the sound of one man plotting the demise of another? We need only listen closely to the winds emanating from Washington to know the answer to this riddle. Indeed, this same sound – of President Bush edging closer every day to trying to unseat Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by force of arms – […] Read More

As we mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, let us hear the words of Jesus: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). These words […] Read More