Young Anabaptists go ‘on the road’

Dutch young adults organize European gathering

SCHOORL, The Netherlands — Young Anabaptists from Portugal, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine and the Netherlands went “on the road” at the first edition of Menno’s Global Youth Assembly. The...

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Youth connect with each other and God in new ways at convention

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While delegates spent days talking about unity at the Mennonite Church USA convention, youth were divided. Some admitted they got out of bed 15 minutes ago, while others were clearly more...

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Delegates approve “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 6 passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants.” A group of delegates initiated the statement during the convention, collecting the...

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MC USA encouraged to invite others ‘as they are’

Executive director says Holy Spirit will bring transformation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was time for the sermon when the lights dimmed at the closing worship service July 6 at the Mennonite Church USA convention. The opening guitar notes to Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” —...

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MB pastor shares love at war front

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — As the stalemated war in eastern Ukraine enters its sixth year, life goes on as normal in this city about 150 miles from the front. People here would rather not think about the war, Sergey...

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MCC boards approve five-year strategic plan

Caring for creation in the context of climate change is one of four priorities

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Mennonite Central Committee has a loyal constituency, but its leaders don’t take the support for granted. “We can no longer assume Mennonite churches are familiar with MCC,” said...

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MCC partner serves people ‘society doesn’t want’

For young mothers and people displaced by war, New Life offers compassion without judgment

NIKOPOL, Ukraine — Natalia Mezentseva oversees a household of “women in difficult circumstances.” With an affirming and instructive place to live, thanks to a Mennonite Central Committee partner, their...

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NYC moderator denied re-entry to U.S. from Honduras

The moderator of the New York City Council of Mennonite Churches was denied re-entry into the United States on April 11 and has been working at local ministry in Honduras since that time. Omar Guzman, pastor of...

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Delegates expand youth involvement, receive resolution on “abuse of child migrants”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Youth gained a larger voice in Mennonite Church USA decisions July 5 as delegates approved a bylaw change allowing more 16- to 21-year-olds as voting delegates. Congregations may now appoint...

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Breath of God gives life to Christian community

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stop doing whatever you’re doing and breathe, before it’s too late. Meghan Good challenged worshipers the morning of July 5 at the Mennonite Church USA convention to be powered not by their...

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Delegates study ‘unity of the Spirit,’ offer ideas for peacemaking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 4 studied the biblical vision for “unity of the Spirit,” heard the announcement of a mission leader’s retirement and offered ideas for the...

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Experiencing God leads to transformation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — God speaks to people, whether they seek that voice, avoid it or are resigned to missing it entirely. Three people shared stories in morning worship July 4 at the Mennonite Church USA convention...

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Bible study: ‘The church is a mess. Thanks be to God!’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the first day of the Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly July 3, delegates started a Bible study on themes of unity in Ephesians and heard a state-of-the-church message from executive...

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Convention worship: What is fear afraid of?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Don’t be afraid, be in community. Citing Christ’s resurrection and victory over death, fear and sin, Dustin Galyon called on Mennonite Church USA participants to break free of being trapped...

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MC USA convention opens as ‘family reunion’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tuesday evening’s opening worship at the Mennonite Church USA convention had the festive air of what speaker Glen Guyton called “a Mennonite family reunion.” Leaders from Kansas...

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Publishing merger approved

MWR Inc., The Mennonite Inc. to form new, independent media organization in 2020

Two leading Mennonite publishers plan to merge by Sept. 1, 2020, creating an independent media organization with a vision for a flagship Anabaptist communications hub in print and online. Mennonite World Review...

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