Ethiopian church and college continue growing

The Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia continues to grow, increasing by 4.5 percent over the last year to 310,877 baptized members. It is the largest national Anabaptist body in the world. MKC Link Canada team...

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Student dies in fall at Iowa Mennonite School

Gloria Villatoro remembers her 15-year-old niece, Teresa Cardenas, as a cheerful girl who liked to sing, tell jokes and talk all the time. “She was a happy girl who just enjoyed life,” said Villatoro, pastor of...

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Mobile app extends prayer book’s global reach

Seminary releases digital version of 'Take Our Moments and Our Days'

ELKHART, Ind. — Users in 15 countries across six continents have downloaded a new free mobile app version of Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book in the four weeks since its launch on Oct....

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Mennonites join to provide food and shelter in DR Congo

Displaced people who recently received food and shelter supplies distributed by Mennonite churches in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have seen unimaginable horrors. Innoncente Ngandu...

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Franconia, Eastern District move to unite

Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference may unite by November 2019, ending a 170-year separation. At the two Mennonite Church USA conferences’ joint assembly Nov. 3-4 at Dock Mennonite...

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Swiss official offers apology for persecution

Canton of Bern repressed Anabaptism for centuries

It can’t change the past, but it can impact the future. In surprise comments delivered in early November, a government official in Bern, Switz­erland, requested forgiveness for persecution by the church and...

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Embodying the mystery with theater in church

Bethel symposium: Using the body brings Scripture, worship to life

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Christians haven’t taken their liturgy to the theater, noted Bethel College campus pastor Peter Goerzen, but maybe they should. Goerzen was opening Bethel’s fourth biennial Worship and...

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Paraguayans plead for release of captives

Three of five people kidnapped by guerrillas are Mennonite colonists

RIO VERDE, Paraguay — A peace march of historic size and participation took place in September when thousands of conservative Mennonites from surrounding colonies took part in a demonstration in Santa Rosa. More...

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Mennonites in Argentina celebrate centennial, witness

Church brings festivities to port where first mission workers arrived a century ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Performing before hundreds of Mennonites and passersby at a downtown park Sept. 16, a drama troupe from the Mennonite church in Villa Adelina mimed challenges and struggles facing youth:...

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Anthem directive sparks disagreement at Tabor

New rule requires student athletes to stand during national anthem

In the week after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Oct. 8 in protest of athletes kneeling during the national anthem to challenge racial injustice, Tabor College coaches received an email...

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Pastors: On guns for safety, ‘do not be conformed’

After shooting in Texas, churches won't put faith in weapons for security

About 35 miles from where 26 people were killed in a Nov. 5 shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, members of San Antonio Mennonite Church participated in a vigil mourning the deaths a few...

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Funding cuts aim to make ministries sustainable

Canadian MB Conference blessed with assets but has been dipping into reserves

Next year’s budget is hitting the reset button for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches, drastically changing the denomination’s relationship to its money and members. CCMBC is blessed with...

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Bethany students meet Holocaust survivor portrayed in play

GOSHEN, Ind. — It is rare that a theater cast gets to meet the central character of a real-life story they tell, but that became reality for students at Bethany Christian High School. Inge Auerbacher, one of the...

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MCC partner supports alternate rites of passage for girls

Ana Laizer, a ninth-grade student in Longido, Tanzania, dreams of going to university to become a successful businesswoman. For many girls her age, this dream might never become reality. Access to education isn’t...

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Virginia Conference terminates pastor’s credentials

Virginia Mennonite Conference has terminated the credentials of a pastor who Mennonite Church USA concluded acted in ways to protect a sexual abuse perpetrator, to the detriment of caring for a victim. VMC...

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Opinion: Bridging the differences

At all-boards meeting, college students get an inside look at MCC

For the broader Mennonite community, the work of Mennonite Central Committee often looks like relief sale auctions, Ten Thousand Villages stores and quilt blitzes. And all carry out the mission of MCC: a worldwide...

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