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Why Small-Scale Farming Is Our Best Hope For Restoring Rural America (And Combatting Climate Change)

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.18.2017 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often thi...

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Coming to Los Angeles: Labyrinth

Steven Denlinger | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Denlinger

The novella 'Coming to Los Angeles' continues as a serial this week. Chapter 1: Labyrinth IN THE FALL OF 1998, I was teaching in the North Canton C...

Defrocked Mennonite Pastor Who Officiated Gay Son's Wedding: 'My Conscience Is Clear'

The Associated Press | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A retired Mennonite pastor from Pennsylvania who lost his credentials after officiating at his gay son's wedding says he hopes...

It's Raining Mennonites

Holly Richmond | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Holly Richmond

Question: How does a Good Girl with 17 years of Christian-school honor roll turn into a pot-smoking, godless queer feminist? Answer: Live with Mennonites for a year.

10 Things You Must Do During Your Next Trip to Belize

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 04.20.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

Maybe your cruise ship docked for only a day in Belize. If so, book the next flight you can back to this breathtaking Central American country. Its 9,000 square miles has an abundance of adventures to offer and is often overlooked by travelers.

Amish at the Cutting Edge of Genetic Technology

Manoush Zomorodi | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Manoush Zomorodi

Two groups of people that shy away from many technologies -- Amish and Mennonites -- are actually on the cutting edge when it comes to genetics.

On Holy Meals and Leftovers

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

If Jesus instituted the meal on the most stressful night of his life with his betrayer there grabbing at the bread, I suppose we are allowed to eat the meal under less than ideal circumstances, passing the bread and cup to people we are, frankly, not quite sure about.

Building Amish: Young Women, Baptists Among the Real Seekers of Anabaptist Life

David Briggs | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

"I am a Christian. I don't like the way the English teenagers live. I have always treasured the simple life and the way the Amish live and am looking to hopefully become Amish when I'm old enough," said one teen who described herself as "a modest young lady."

God, Revised: The Atheists Are Half Right

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

Conventional wisdom suggests otherwise, saying that science is more likely to kill religion than rescue it, but I'm convinced that science is the last best hope for religion in the modern world.

Christians Pray Over Enbridge Pipeline

Will Braun | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Will Braun

We lamented the threat posed to indigenous people and lands in the path of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, a project that would carry oil from the Canadian oil sands to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia. We lamented our own entanglement in the complicated reality of oil.

Living With The Amish: How One Small Community Balances Two Conflicting Worlds

Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D.

After living on an Amish dairy farm for a year, I agree with those who argue that the reality programs reflect a lack of knowledge of the plain folk. The Amish community I associated with had an intimate and sensible relationship to the mainstream world. The beauty is how they managed it.

Amish Mafia Shows Deplorable Depths of Discovery Channel

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

There's much to tell about the Amish and Mennonite communities. The stories are voluminous and varied and an American audience would enjoy the telling of them. Too bad Hollywood won't be there for the discovery of it, nor America for the learning of it.

David Lohr

'Breaking Amish' Cast Claim Bestiality Rampant Among Amish | David Lohr | Posted 10.18.2012 | Crime

Viewers tuning into a recent episode of TLC's new hit show "Breaking Amish" saw the cast discussing Amish men having sex with animals, sparking questi...

Is Choosing To Not Vote Selfish?

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

A number of my Christian friends have been saying they are not going to vote in the 2012 elections. As a Mennonite whose spiritual history is linked to removal from society, I can respect the belief that not voting is a way of subverting the powers of this world. And yet I'm concerned.

Laughter Is Sacred Space

Ted Swartz | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Ted Swartz

On a path to be a Mennonite pastor, I had gone back to school at age 30 in order to prepare for seminary, along with three small children, a supportive wife and a congregation sponsoring us. While in undergrad I took an acting class, and fell in love with this art form.

'Breaking Amish': Loving Modern Hotel Conveniences

Posted 09.17.2012 | TV

Perhaps one of the more intriguing aspects of "Breaking Amish" is watching them interact with the mordern world for the first time. After finally maki...

When Amish Mennonites Vote Republican, What Would Jesus Think?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Mennonites around the world are very involved in responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. How in the world, then, can war, prejudice, hate-filled media, income inequality and poverty fit into this paradigm?

Maggie Furlong

Preview TLC's Controversial New Series 'Breaking Amish' | Maggie Furlong | Posted 08.02.2012 | TV

They've built their brand on polygamists, pot dealers, gypsies and toddlers in tiaras, and now TLC is shining the reality TV spotlight on yet another ...

Ponzi Scheme Allegations Roil Amish Town | Posted 02.26.2012 | Crime

In the Amish and Mennonite communities of rural Sugarcreek, Ohio, Monroe Beachy was a respected financial figure for decades. He is now accused of run...

Beautiful Images Of Mennonite Women In Mexico

Posted 02.24.2012 | Arts

They do not watch television, go to parties, or engage in the activities that we find normal, and yet, their hopes and dreams are arguably a lot like ...

Does Christian Mean Organic?

Daniel Klein | Posted 12.11.2011 | Home
Daniel Klein

There are those who farm for food, others for money, some because it's what they have always done... and then there are the Stollers. This family in ...

What's With All The Natural Disasters? A Christian Call To Stewardship.

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

We need to join God in environmental reconciliation by adjusting our habits, our public policies and our understanding of how the world works.

Restoring Jerusalem: The Interfaith Promised Land

John Fairfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Fairfield

We need another name for that table where we break bread and live with our enemies, that safe and holy place of discord, where we stitch the world together, relationship by relationship.

Are Mennonites Taking Over The World?

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

Anabaptism's values of peace, justice and nonviolence are increasingly relevant in our world. I humbly acknowledge this and say, spread the Word!