Anabaptist Witness Blog

Welcome to our blog, a forum to foster discussion and share ideas from different corners of the Anabaptist world. It is regularly updated with short reflection pieces, reactions to articles, comments on current events relating to mission, and more. If you are interested in contributing, please review our guidelines and contact information.

Pledging Allegiance

What does it mean to live as a family in mission? For many families who engage in cross-cultural mission, this question is thrown into sharp relief by the contrast between lifestyles, expectations, and values. But for families in mission in a North American context, this question is no less pressing. What have these families learned about proclaiming the Gospel? And how can God’s family — the church — be […]

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Morning

spring morning begins with the conspicuous perfume of flowers in the air, a few stars still yawning, the light covers used last night thrown aside, a warming sun gently rising in each heart, dingy faced bums living on the streets showing wide smiles, mothers imagining fairy tales to the sound of the wind in trees, […]

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Another

A poem by h. j. Recinos in response to the school shooting in Florida on Ash Wednesday after another school shooting horror again swells sorrowing hearts faster than any can say the Lord’s name, more innocent blood ran the halls in Florida on Ash Wednesday to make the nation fall into unearthed darkness, the speechless […]

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The Season | Miracle ©

For the Advent season, two poems from h.j. Recinos. The Season I often wonder about how many tears are shed when trying to make sense of the expensive politics planting crosses on the side of the road to keep company some day with the towered wall planned with deaf selling walks. little is ever said […]

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Sutherland

this year death has torn open our hearts from public squares, to schools, movie houses, parks, malls, and the sacred halls of church. in the circles made for prayer, no one even imagined more than twenty-four thousand innocents dropped by the barrel of guns into the earth’s dark void. when the glad times are recounted, […]

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The Sting

the history toward which the country slides will be memorized in the future with unglamorous words, a bitter taste on tongues, the sound of heaped up wailing, and the Rose Garden haunted by all the anonymous dead in the deserts, mountains, cities, and islands in the middle of vast seas. the future made last week […]

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What (De-)Radicalization

When I first heard the terms “radicalized” and “radicalization” used by media and political leaders in reference to Islamist terrorist activity, I was irritated. I had learned forty-five years ago about the “Radical Reformation.” Although this language isn’t the exclusive possession of my tradition, the term “Radical Reformation” certainly stands for something profoundly transforming, deeply […]

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Dreamer ©

they count us just things to be tossed, faces without names for ruthless might to strike, mere newcomers without human rights, dreamers condemned by the politics of hate, children for the whip hardened politicians say God will praise, young people painted wrong by high-flown speeches that aim to hurl us back to lands never known. […]

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Why Spain?: Rationale for European Missions

Josh and Alisha Garber are Mennonite Mission Network workers who have served in Lithuania and are making the transition to a new ministry in Barcelona . “Why Spain” is the question provoked in the title. Why indeed?  The following blog post and accompanying video are a reflection on the meaning of mission work internationally and […]

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Cultural Exchange and Applied Anabaptism: A Journey From Indonesia to the USA

We, as Anabaptists, should place Jesus Christ at the center of our faith, community at the center of our lives, and reconciliation at the center of our work.1 As part of the Anabaptist community in Indonesia, I want to be able to implement these three key principles in my own life, though it is often […]

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