A new faith in politics

A new faith in politics

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 5, 2008, titled A new faith in politics. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

At the east end of the giant Wal-Mart parking lot in this northern Indiana town of about 32,000, there's a metal-roofed building accommodating as many as 20 horse-drawn buggies.

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Goshen College Friend

Goshen, IN

#1 May 6, 2008
The more I learn about Goshen College students, the more I fall in love with their commitment to their faith, their strong identification as a member of a global community, and their humility.
Thomas

Oklahoma City, OK

#2 May 6, 2008
If they are such globablists maybe they would feel equally at home in afganistan or somalia. They could explain their pascifism and christianity to the taliban.
Debra Hope

Lehigh Acres, FL

#3 May 6, 2008
First, might I say, Menno must be turning over in his grave! Die stille im lande, indeed!

As a life-long Mennonite, I believe we often get much better publicity than we deserve. I spent most of my adult life in Chicago, trying to get the church to open up to racial, urban and, yes, political issues, with very little success -- the Goshen students' support of Obama is definitely not reflective of the church's attitude at large. Attitudes and actions such as mine have not been, shall we say, "much appreciated."

Another worrisome fact: In a recent poll, over 25 percent of Mennonites still supported Bush and his war (October 1, 2007 Mennonite Weekly Review). This response from members of an historic peace church was almost more than I could bear, but I don't doubt the numbers after conversations at my 40th Mennonite high school reunion last summer. Finally, and probably most interesting, over half of the members of my high school class are no longer in the church. The reason most of them stated? "It's not the church I grew up in." While I appreciate this positive article, the Mennonite church is facing serious problems that have many of us extremely concerned.
TOLMAPPP

Festus, MO

#4 May 6, 2008
Thomas wrote:
If they are such globablists maybe they would feel equally at home in afganistan or somalia. They could explain their pascifism and christianity to the taliban.
And when are they exactly going to save the world rather than join the battles? My opinion is they are nothing more than draft dodgers who are unwilling to protect their freedoms but act like they deserve it. The Taliban will enjoy enslaving them to cultivate their poppy fields,
TOLMAPPP

Festus, MO

#5 May 6, 2008
I got them on one side of me utilizing every orphan as their child laborers. There is nothing pious about them and just backward people bringing us back to the Middle Ages and the Black Plague.
Yeah World Citizens but hardly good local citizens. Sure they want change but we can be sure its a change for the worst!
Thomas

Oklahoma City, OK

#6 May 7, 2008
I noticed that no muslim countries were on there list of overseas expeditions for these global citizens. Wouldn't they feel comfortable in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia. Or do they just want to save the Christian parts of the world?
ellen

Cedar Rapids, IA

#7 May 7, 2008
Thank you Goshen students for sharing your stories with us. If any of you are interested in other ways that Mennonites and friends are serving as global citizens in other parts of the world, including many countries where there are Muslims, check out the Mennonite Central Committee website.
tjohn

Goshen, IN

#8 May 7, 2008
Thomas wrote:
I noticed that no muslim countries were on there list of overseas expeditions for these global citizens. Wouldn't they feel comfortable in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia. Or do they just want to save the Christian parts of the world?
You raise a good point, Thomas. Many of the countries that Goshen College sends students to are predominantly Christian. Consider, however, that Cambodia (a country mentioned in the article) is 95% Buddhist. Also, Goshen recently added Senegal to its list of overseas locations - a country that is 95% Muslim. In fact, a group of students is currently there, and will be staying through the summer. If you're interested in learning more about their experience, feel free to look up the Senegal SST blog at http://www.goshen.edu/sst/senegal08/
Thomas

Oklahoma City, OK

#9 May 7, 2008
tjohn wrote:
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You raise a good point, Thomas. Many of the countries that Goshen College sends students to are predominantly Christian. Consider, however, that Cambodia (a country mentioned in the article) is 95% Buddhist. Also, Goshen recently added Senegal to its list of overseas locations - a country that is 95% Muslim. In fact, a group of students is currently there, and will be staying through the summer. If you're interested in learning more about their experience, feel free to look up the Senegal SST blog at http://www.goshen.edu/sst/senegal08/
Thanks for the link it was interesting.
Annoymous

Goshen, IN

#10 May 28, 2008
I am a Goshen College student and while reading this article I felt as though, as a Mennonite, I was not portrayed correctly. Yes, I am a Mennonite, however, there is a major difference between Mennonite and Amish. For instance, the use of electricity and the way we dress. I am a average American and fell as though you were incorrectly portraying me within this article. Of course I vote, it is my right. And as a Mennonite this has never gone against my religion and denomination. Separation of church and state is only for the most conservative and I can tell you right now that is not Goshen College.

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