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Other | Other: I am looking for info on the different types of head coverings the mennonites wear
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I am looking for someone who could tell me what the different mennonite head coverings are called. Some are lace and just lay on your hair and there is ones that are round and they are stiff and they go over a bun or twist. what are they called though? For example a short sleeved shirt is a T-Shirt......

4/3/2002 11:52:00 PM
Other | Other: Beyond News regarding the treatment of the poor.
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Beause I am in despair at the present. I wonder how many have done a through search of scripture about what God says about the poor? I took the time to see what He says and wow - He certainly pulled no punches and He also repeated Himself. I have a very compliated need which many do not know how to handle. I did ask my own church for help and I have been put through much due to the complications. I am raw and broken. I have written out what God says, presented it and wish I could present it to others. It is rather a long document, but if anyone who might read this and wish to see what I have written please ask and I will send it to you. Once you have read it tell me if God is a God of His word? Those who know the Lord do not like to deal with this issue and the apathy is great. Sometimes I feel like a voice crying in the wilderness. Thank you for hearing me and look forward to hearing from those who also might be concerned.

Calgary, Alberta Canada
3/25/2002 5:02:00 PM
Other | Other: community development
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I was a missionary for 6 years in Guatemala and am wanting to return to the mission field not necessarly back to Guatemala but I'd go back at a drop of a hat.
I'm wanting to go back and get involved with an organization that does community development and thought about MCC.
However I don't know where to go from here and would appreciate and feedback you can give me.

campbellville, Ontario Canada
2/4/2002 9:34:00 PM
Other | Other: Re:Conversion
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Your story is almost identical to mine. My first bit of advice should be the most obvious: begin to live your new beliefs. Conform your attitudes and thoughts to what God has been showing you they should be. Let your attitudes and thoughts come out in your behaviour. When God leads you to a church, the people should be able to see your committment to God through your lifestyle of obedience to the convictions He has given you. Get involved with the church and ask questions. Pray hard. Study your Bible personally as much as you can so you will know its true message and won't be deceived by those who might misinterpret passages (take out of context). Be in the world but not of it. Once you are sure this is what God wants for you, then seek membership in the congregation. But always remember that "official membership" in God's family is infinitely more important than membership in any particular denomination. Churches can be great things, but be devoted to God above all else.


1/13/2002 3:57:00 PM
Other | Other: Conversion
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Hi I am a 19 yr. old college student and I have been very curious about the Mennonite religion. I have found myself very disconnected from the religion in which I was raised. I have found myself drawn to the church and its teachings and have been researching the church and its beliefs for more than a one year and the more information I find, the more drawn to it. I can't explain this draw but it just feels right, as if God is talking to me. My question is how do I find out about making a complete conversion to the religion? How do I deal with family members who don't understand it or are against it? Does anyone know of a church in the Johnstown or Altoona areas of PA? I would appreciate any response. Please email me at I would really appreciate any feedback to any or all of these questions. Thank You and God Bless You!!!!

1/6/2002 9:48:00 PM
Other | Other: Church Search
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I have been searching for a conservative Mennonite (or other conservative Anabaptist) congregation near Racine, WI (zip 5340_). I'm willing to drive up to an hour, but I can't find ANYTHING!!! None are listed in the phone book and none are listed in an online directory. I've seen some Amish hanging around, but I don't know how I would find one of their churches. But I'd think that where there are Amish there would be other conservative Anabaptists... any-whoo, help would be appreciated if you have it to give. Thank you :)

12/21/2001 8:52:00 PM
Other | Other: Worshipping with Mennonites
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Thanks Rebecca! I truly appreciate that. God bless you!

Las Vegas, NV USA
11/27/2001 4:53:00 AM
Other | Other: Worshipping with Mennonites
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Hi Greg! To find a church you can search under Mennonite Church Canada or Mennonite Church USA ( and you will be linked to various congregations homepages. You then will be able to read sermons, etc.


11/24/2001 6:31:00 PM
Other | Other: A Quaker Approaches the Mennonite Church
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First of all, I am very impressed with the Mennonites for their solid Christianity and their passion for social justice. Secondly (and this is a little complicated), as a Quaker I have drifted away from Friends Meeting and toward the Mennonites partly because Quakers are coming more and more to resemble Unitarians:lots of passion for social justice, less and less Christianity. I want BOTH; and having spent most of my time among religious liberals I am coming to realize that most of my Christian beliefs are actually quite conservatively "evangelical", but with certain Quaker emphases. Mennonites have a lot of the same principles as did classical Quakerism: strict separation of church and state, gospel-based testimony against war and injustice, refusal of oaths. BUT there are certain characteristic emphases of traditional Quakerism, in which I believe and for which the Mennonites may or may not have sympathy. I can continue worshipping with Mennonites nomatter what their views on these issues are, but for my spiritual advantage I very much desire a Mennonite critique of some of our basic Quaker emphases, as follows: (1) Of course, the majority of Christians believe that prophecy and inspiration ceased at the end of the apostolic age; others believe that these gifts continue and that inspiration and revelation (which must of course not contradict the Bible) are a continuing feature of God's Church. The Quakers come down squarely in favor of the second alternative, and it is one of my basic theological assumptions. (2) Quakers have a somewhat mystical understanding of the presence of Christ. When Quakers have talked of the "Light of Christ Within" or the "Divine Seed", they have meant that a "measure" of the Logos of God is present in each soul. Among other consequences of that idea, Quakers have assumed that Christ can speak as easily to those who have never heard his name as to us. Accordingly, Quakers have acknowledged the possibility of revelation and inspiration to non-Christians, and for this notion they were denounced as not being real Christians. My study of other religions leads me to endorse the Quaker view on this too. (3) Quakers espouse a perfectionism similar to Wesley's, in fact they had a strong influence on Wesley. There is definitely a notion that a life of perfect holiness is possible not only in heaven but during this life, and that it involves not static perfection but constant increase in holiness. --- There you have it. I need, if at all possible, some critique of these positions from Mennonite points of view. How sympathetic or unsympathetic would Mennonites be to those beliefs?

Lincoln, NE USA
11/11/2001 9:58:00 PM
Other | Other: Worshipping with Mennonites
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I feel SO left out. What does it take to get a Mennonite Church in my area? Will I have to move to attend one? Is there anywhere I can get sermons online?

Las Vegas, NV USA
11/8/2001 8:50:00 PM
Other | Other: Jingoism-Hyperpatriotism
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I too am very uncomfortable with the flag-waving fad. I have been
displaying origami paper cranes in my car and at the produce stand
where I worked until they closed for the season. Many of the customers
are from the US Army War College, but nobody had anything but positive
responses to my peace display. I got the idea from Susan Mark Landis of
MCC Peace and Justice.

I hope this site will be of help.


Mechanicsburg, PA USA
11/8/2001 12:08:00 AM
Other | Other: Worshipping with Mennonites
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Tom, I got word of your query from Mennonite media mogul Melodie Davis' post on MennoLink; might wanna join! Your beliefs are a carbon copy of my own and I'm a member of First Mennonite Church in Denver, CO. I'm very, very humbled and pleased with your verdict on the Mennonite church! I love the traditions and worship of the Mennonite church. I also love the way we Mennonites (by and large, anyway) put allegience to God on a higher plane than allegience to a country. I hold dear the separation of church and state; Mennonites are very bad Christians by patriotic Christian standards. Oh, well! And few things stir my soul as much as the four-part, a capella hymns I hear on Sunday morning. When I first saw your reference to 'Mennonite spirituality,' I thought of calling it the ultimate oxymoron but I'm actually joking. Mennonites, even many, more conservative Mennonites, are quite intellectual. They don't just feel the spirit and shake in the aisle (NOT my style!), they think about it. And talk about it. And try to live it. That's the way things ought to be, at the risk of sounding like Rush Limbaugh. And yet spirituality, to me, is also quite a private affair. My spirit feels a stirring during a hymn, during a good sermon and during a beautiful prayer but also as my eyes scan the red of rocks along the Colorado River or when I literally see a cold front blow into my city and a million other places the Bible never mentions. The Spirit is all around us; the Mennonite Church has taught me to search for it, find it and, most importantly, enjoy it. Some individual Mennonite churches wouldn't inspire me this way but I've been lucky enough to find others that do and I'm very thankful. Don't sweat the fact that you support gay rights or believe in Darwinian theory; many, many Mennonites do. Vive la differance! If you've found a church where your beliefs are accepted, enjoy it. And welcome aboard!

Dori Zook
Denver, CO

Denver, CO USA
11/7/2001 6:06:00 PM
Other | Other: "Hyperpatriotism" - Jingoism
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I have been displaying paper cranes in my car and at the produce shop where I worked until they closed for the season. Many of our customers are from the Carlisle Army War College, but I found only positive responses to my peace display. I think Susan Mark Landis posted the paper crane site in a post to MennoLink the week of the WTC incident.

Glen Sarvis

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania US
11/7/2001 1:57:00 PM
Other | Other: Worshipping with Mennonites
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I need some help from someone familiar with Mennonite spirituality. I have been attending a Mennonite church and I am very pleased with it. These people take their Christianity very seriously, we have had very intense discussions of the Ten Commandments, yet none of them is oppressively solemn, Mennonites seem very joyous and I especially like the informality of the service, and the sermons have been terrific. Also the Mennonites I meet are totally opposed to this military tantrum which America is in and they all realize that part of the problem is the selfish and dominating attitude of America toward the rest of the world.They oppose the death penalty and I bet they oppose abortion also (though I have not asked them about that issue). If someone wants to make a commitment to Christ and do Christ's work in the world, I might recommend the Mennonites!!! THE ONLY RESERVATION I HAVE is that I wonder if my theology (which I haven't discussed much with them) would be acceptable to Mennonites or might5 bother them, because Mennonites seem rather more "evangelical" in their beliefs than I am. I wonder if any of the following would be annoying to Mennonites: (1) I am not a Biblical literalist; I think (as have many theologians, for example Origen in the second century) that a lot of the Bible is allegory, edifying parable, and story (Adam and Eve, Noah, Ruth, Esther, Job, Jonah, and even some of the Gospel stories), and I accept Darwinian evolutionary theory. (2) I can't say "the Bible is the inspired Word of God" without qualification, and I think that part of the Bible is God talking to humanity but part of it is humanity talking to God! I'm not sure I regard the whole Bible as of equal authority; some of the decisions the ancient authorities made to include and exclude certain books seem kind of artbitrary. (3) I have somewhat pentacostal or mysticval or spirit-based beliefs: I know the Bible is the basis of our faith but I also believe in continuing inspiration and revelation, and I believe God continues to raise up prophets and apostles, I don't believe it all ended with the close of the first century. (4) I strongly feel that gay people should have the same rights to legal committed relationships as the rest of us. and I don't bnelieve the Bible condemns them; I think a few passages that warn Israelites against certain cult practices have been taken out of context; I know very loving and socially responsible gayv people and I think it's foolish to think God would condemn their relationships. Finally (5), I think God may have reached out to other peoples than the Christians and Jews and raised up prophets and teachers there, and that some of them may have been the gurus and founders of other religions. Can I hold those bel;iefs and still enjoy worshipping fellowship with Mennonites??? ----I would take it as a great favor if a klnowledgeable Mennonite would deal with those points for me because I'm quite a bit confused althoujgh very impressed with Mennonites. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME?

Lincoln, Nebraska U.S.A..
11/5/2001 1:10:00 PM
Other | Other: Seeking an Anabaptist response to hyper-patriotism
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As a Christian of Anabaptist theology, I am struggling deeply with the "hyper-patriotic" (my word) stance many Christians seem to be embracing since September 11. American flags are everywhere! I work for a church of a non-Anabaptist denomination. For the most part, this church is godly and balanced, but many of the members seem to place patriotism on par with their Christian beliefs. (I will not disclose the name of the denomination, but I will say that it is not one that you might stereotype as usually being ultra-patriotic at all.) I am of the strong conviction that Christians have but ONE allegiance--Jesus Christ--and that we have no business flaunting what is in my mind an idolatrous "respect" for our country. (I don't mean that Christians shouldn't be law-abiding if the laws do not conflict with our beliefs. I am referring to those situations where more obvious deference is given to the US flag than is shown for Christ and His Kingdom.) Here's my question: Is there any way that I can respectfully express my feelings? I have no desire to offend brothers and sisters in Christ, yet I feel that many American Christians need to rethink their loyalties. I've thought of flying a Christian flag on my car (itself a questionable symbol if you research its historical origin) or making a bumper sticker which says "One Lord...One Allegiance." (I know I probably would never find one like that!) These things seem a little tacky, though. Does anyone have any ideas for me? If I decide to display the alternative flag or bumper sticker, is there anywhere I can purchase something like that?

Wyomissing, PA USA
10/26/2001 9:43:00 PM
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