Arrest made in case of murdered Goshen professor

After seven years, a suspect has been arrested and charged for the 2011 murder of Goshen (Ind.) College biology professor James Miller. Elkhart County prosecutor Vicki Becker announced Oct. 30 that Winston Earl...

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Churches discuss response to lethal threats

NEWTON, Kan. — As Mennonites gathered in a church basement Oct. 27 to discuss how they might respond to a shooter in their church, cell phones buzzed with news of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The...

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At Doxology, praise God and pour the coffee

Ohio church to open a community gathering place

Not for the first time, Life­Bridge Community Church saw a need in Dover, Ohio, and did something about it. What used to be the Mennonite congregation’s foyer is now a coffeehouse, which will open to the public...

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Help goes full circle in Florida after Hurricane Michael

Former MDS volunteer now on the receiving end as workers respond to damage

MARIANNA, Fla. — Dwight Cloud was still, little by little, clearing debris from his yard, more than two weeks after Hurricane Michael struck his town of Marianna on Oct. 10. Though his 100-year-old house somehow...

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MC USA director: ‘Be bold enough to speak’

Constituency Leaders Council discusses proposed merger of publications, prays for departing conference

ELK GROVE, Ill. — For anyone in Mennonite Church USA who feels their voice isn’t heard, Glen Guyton advises: Be bold and speak up. “Conservative or progressive, your voice is welcome in Mennonite Church...

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AMBS president announces retirement

ELKHART, Ind. — The board of directors of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary announced on Oct. 23 the retirement of President Sara Wenger Shenk, effective June 30. She has served in the role since the fall of...

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African evangelist shares ‘new and beautiful life’ in Christ

MILANGE, Mozambique — The spirit of evangelism is a fire in Laston Bissani Mitambo’s bones. Humble and quiet in disposition, Bissani commands attention when leading a church, sing­ing and dancing with a vigor...

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Uruguayan MBs growing, with an assist from Brazil

Pentecostal church plants are drawn into the fold

The Mennonite Brethren church in Uruguay is growing in a big way, and its transformation is an expression of increasing cooperation between MBs in Latin America. Consejo de las Congregaciones de los Hermanos...

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Southeast Conference withdraws

Regional group is 4th to leave Mennonite Church USA

After a three-year discernment process, delegates of Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA have voted to leave the denomination. Southeast’s Leadership Board brought the proposal to the...

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MCC nurses in Haiti help malnourished children

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On the steep, rocky path to Degrave, pieces of old asphalt, collected from a road demolition project many years ago, act as makeshift cobblestones. Like the road to Degrave, families in...

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New Bethel president seeks harvest of learning

Agrarian metaphors punctuate inauguration

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Bethel College community celebrated the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering as the college’s 15th president on Oct. 7 during Fall Festival. The wheat design on the program and the...

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Bipolar research studies Mennonite genetics

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “The Mennonite game” — tracing the genealogy of a new acquaintance to find a common ancestor — might be a fun pastime for people with Mennonite backgrounds, but such a relatively...

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Ex-members of ultra-traditional groups share stories

Former Jewish, Muslim counterparts join Old Order Amish conference participants

LANCASTER, Pa. — Leaving a highly traditional religious community can exact a high price, but for many participants in a recent conference, the costs of remaining were even higher. Although most of the stories...

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U.S. college, seminary enrollment mostly down

Bright spots are few as U.S. Mennonite higher education institutions report shrinking enrollment numbers this fall. Though overall student totals are up at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elk­hart, Ind.,...

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Swiss project highlights reconciliation in Bern

'Stations' on Anabaptist history the product of improving relationships

A decade ago in Switzerland, a process of reconciliation emerged among Anabaptists and contemporary representatives of the government that oppressed them during the Reformation. To make that reconciliation visible,...

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Allegheny, Central District set aside idea of merger

While Central District Conference has broadened its geographical reach, its long-distance relationship with Allegheny Mennonite Conference will not result in a merger for now. Allegheny Conference Minister David...

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