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Spanish and French Content on Anabaptist Witness

Anabaptist Witness is a dialogue center for Anabaptists engaging issues in global mission. If you are unfamiliar with the website, please take a look at some of the recent articles posted below. As a truly global effort, there is now content in both Spanish and French. Book Review: Winds of the Spirit: A Profile of Anabaptist Churches in the Global South Titus Guenther, Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology and Missions, Canadian Mennonite University “Winds of the Spirit is a timely and ambitious study of the faith and practices of Anabaptist churches in 9 countries of the Global South plus Lancaster Mennonite Conference.”...

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Shane Claiborne on Arkansas’s Execution Plans

In this piece that appeared in the Washington Post, Shane Claiborne brings attention to Arkansas’s planned eight executions over just eleven days, beginning the day after Easter. Claiborne exposes the sad irony of this “religious” state choosing to side with death rather than mercy, just one day after celebrating Jesus’s ultimate victory over death. “As Christians around the world remember the most famous execution in history and one of the most holy of Christian days, Arkansas will be preparing for the bloodiest week of executions in the state’s history.” To go through with these executions is to reinforce the...

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Brian Zahnd: Things Fall Apart

In this sermon, Brian Zahnd reflects on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. When considering the Samaritan woman’s life, Zahnd says, his immediate thought is “things fall apart.” Things fall apart when the center can’t hold. “At Jacob’s well, Jesus offers the Samaritan woman a new center,” Zahnd says.  Zahnd then asks, what kind of miracle will save the world? In a world falling apart, what will keep it together? “What will save the world is this kind of miracle: When one who is formed and raised in a culture where you’re taught to despise this one...

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Remembering Michael Sharp: A Mennonite Peacemaker

Michael Sharp, a Mennonite from Kansas serving as a U.N. investigator of recent conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was found dead along with colleague Zaida Catalan and an unidentified Congolese interpreter. Sharp was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (2005) and formerly served with Mennonite Central Committee in Congo. He is remembered as a brave and faithful peacemaker who helped convince some 1,600 militants to lay down their weapons. “Michael took a most perilous mission to investigate the ongoing killings, showing deep respect for the dignity of humankind and the women and children of Central Congo. His work in...

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Call for Mennonite Papers and Proposals

There are a number of scholarly opportunities coming up for Anabaptist thinkers. Please see the information below, which comes to us from the Mennonite Scholars and Friends at the AAR/SBL. I. 2017 Call for Proposals – deadline approaching The Mennonite Scholars and Friends at the AAR/SBL Program Committee invites proposals for short (15 minute) presentations on the theme of supersessionism—its nature, legacy, and/or efforts to overcome it.  The contributions of biblical scholars, theologians, ethicists, historians, Jewish-Christian dialogue participants, and church leaders are welcome.  The committee aims to stimulate a conversation about what these issues mean for Mennonites in the 21st century...

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