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Robert Rhodes

All 15 Christian Peacemaker Teams personnel who were in Baghdad have left or been expelled from Iraq, and a vehicle crash complicated the departure for some of them. Two CPT members, including a Mennonite pastor from Seattle, were injured March 28 when their vehicle blew a tire and rolled into a ditch in southwestern Iraq. […] Read More

When the American onslaught of “shock and awe” hit Baghdad the night of March 21, several members of Christian Peacemaker Teams were huddled in their room at the Al-Daar Hotel, reading aloud from Gandhi’s writings. The crushing volley lasted nearly two hours, then resumed shortly before dawn. CPTer Lisa Martens of Winnipeg, Man., said when […] Read More

Since March 2002, Mennonite Central Committee worker Edward Miller has been living in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, offering the solitary witness of an American Christian to the Iraqi people. The child of MCC workers, Miller, 31, is a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College. He has worked with MCC in Quebec and Lesotho, and with World […] Read More

Since before the time of Magellan, many who have sailed in the shadow of the unknown have lost their lives, going unheralded and forgotten except by a few. Even if we remain blithely unaware of them in this distractable age, the Magellans of today are the men and women who tread among the stars – […] Read More

Ever since 9/11 – and even before – the concept of martyrdom has been freighted with a fanatic madness that defies legitimate faith. That a person could become a martyr for spiritual beliefs, or even for political or social convictions, has become bound to the most virulent forms of terrorism. Such soul murder, masquerading as […] Read More

Plough Publishing House, for decades the public voice of the New York-based Bruderhof Communities, went on what has been termed a “hiatus” Nov. 14. The Bruderhof, which has 3,000 members living in 10 Christian intentional communities in the United States, Great Britain and Australia, has been known for its sometimes radical activist stances, fueled in […] 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

Somewhere in Baghdad this evening, an Iraqi family sits down to their nightly iftar meal, breaking the daylong Ramadan fast that began at dawn. If they are fortunate, they are able to afford a festive meal at least a few times during the holy month. Still, for many who live amid a perilous world of […] Read More

SCOTTDALE, Pa. – After a 49-year run, Christian Living magazine will cease publication with its December issue – another casualty of the financial crisis at Mennonite Publishing House. Christian Living has brought voices from across the Mennonite-Anabaptist spectrum to its readers since 1953, ranging from theologian John Howard Yoder and novelist Rudy Wiebe in its […] Read More

The picture many have of the Amish is of agrarian simplicity – of horse-drawn plows and harrows slicing the fertile loam. But skyrocketing land prices and other anti-farming influences have forced the Amish to seek different forms of livelihood to make ends meet – not only to keep their lives off the grid of modern […] Read More