USMB prepares for new church-planting effort

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is gearing up for a new church-planting initiative. The plan calls for churches and experienced church-planting leaders to form a resourcing network, providing a...

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Book tells story of stewardship, mutual aid

Release begins observance of Everence’s 75th anniversary

GOSHEN, Ind. — Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Everence, the Anabaptist stewardship agency, Herald Press is releasing a book about the organization’s history. The book release marks the beginning of a...

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Virginia relief sale determined to go on

Could fundraising set a record, despite the pandemic?

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the 54th annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, scheduled for Oct. 2-3, is determined to go on. But how? That’s a work in careful progress. Last fall’s sale raised nearly...

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Brethren gather ‘on the line’

Virtual meetings held during week of canceled Annual Conference

After the Church of the Brethren’s Annual Conference was canceled, a series of online denominational events July 1-2 brought thousands of people together with a concert and worship services in Spanish and...

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How two musicians turned street ministry into a song

CHICAGO — On a Monday night, a dozen musicians sit on mismatched chairs in a sparse room inside a one-story brick building that used to be a discount store. If not for the 8-foot pine cross stuck on a chunk of...

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Pandemic prompts preachers to craft shorter sermons

Condensed services favor efficiency: ‘Keep them wanting more’

In the switch to online worship during the coronavirus pandemic, congregations are trimming services down to as little as 30 to 40 minutes, with recorded videos, streamlined videoconference gatherings or in-person...

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MCC distributes COVID-19 kits in Middle East

Displaced people and refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan get hygiene supplies

Refugees and other displaced people living in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria already were struggling to subsist before COVID-19 became a health and economic threat. They fled violence in Syria, Iraq and several African...

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MB seminary in Canada making cuts to survive

Facing a severe funding shortfall, Canada’s Mennonite Breth­ren Biblical Seminary is making steep cuts in order to be financially sustainable. The school, located in Langley, B.C., is cutting three staff...

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Author makes peace with chronic illness

Faith is not a cure, but a supportive church community is a great asset

WINNIPEG, Man. — What’s it like to be a person of faith with a chronic illness? That’s one of the questions explored by Allison Alexander in her new book Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness. In the...

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Washington guest house to close

Sale to bring financial boost to Allegheny Conference

After more than 50 years of being a home away from home for people from around the world, the International Guest House in Washington, D.C., is closing. And although the property has not yet been sold, Allegheny...

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Campaign will seek to revive peace witness

Planners want to help a new generation of peacemakers speak out against militarism

The Peace and Justice Support Network is collaborating with Mennonite Church USA staff, area conferences and peacemakers to create a movement: Mennonites Against Militarism. The planning stages of this campaign are...

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Evangelical writers: Trump is a ‘spiritual danger’

Book edited by Ronald J. Sider examines evangelical support for Trump, addresses concerns of justice, truth and moral integrity

You’ve probably heard of the white evangelicals who have backed President Donald Trump since he launched his campaign for president. Their story is well known to political analysts and average Americans alike:...

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Court upholds funding for religious schools

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling ending state provisions that bar taxpayer aid to private religious schools preserves a source of funding for Mennonite elementary and high schools. The June 30 ruling is considered a...

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Songs by accused composer removed from hymnal

Planners of a new Mennonite hymnal are dropping seven songs from the book just months before publication after learning of sexual misconduct allegations concerning a composer. MennoMedia, the hymnal’s publisher,...

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Handwashing stations promote health in crowded slum

MCC partner in Kenya shares COVID-19 prevention information in community where people are very poor

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mathare settlement isn’t an easy place to stay clean and healthy on an ordinary day, so preventing COVID-19 from infecting people in a crowded slum of Nairobi is a challenge. Most of the...

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Tractor whisperer

Kansan is willing to give almost any vehicle a chance in his refurbishing projects for MCC

Each year, relief sales raise more than $4.5 million for Mennonite Central Committee’s work around the world. They are made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers. Some, like Jerry Toews of Goessel, Kan.,...

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