MWC visa problems fewer than feared

People who need visas to attend the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-26 have encountered fewer problems than expected. For more than a year, a Visa Task Force has been preparing for...

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East Africans strengthen training for rural pastors

Jesus is the model; Bible is the textbook; discussion is the method

MWANZA, Tanzania — Mennonite bishops in Tanzania and Kenya are striving to meet the need for local, affordable training for village pastors. They are working with Eastern Mennonite Missions workers Joe and Gloria...

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Opinion: Being pro-Jesus on Israel-Palestine

There is a growing concern among evangelical Christians for the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Prominent leaders such as Lynn Hybels of Willow Creek Church and Gary Burge of Wheaton College are visiting the Holy...

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Opinion: Don’t break up the body

Church is our laboratory for learning to love, even when we disagree

About 40 Franconia Mennonite Conference leaders gathered March 14 to discuss the Mennonite Church USA survey of credentialed leaders on issues related to people in same-gender relationships. We learned that the...

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It’s time for a new hymnal

MennoMedia announces song collection for 2020

The time is near for the next generation’s hymnal. Scheduled for release in 2020, it will be more than a printed book. Representatives from MennoMedia, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA laid the...

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Family a campus presence through generations

HILLSBORO, Kan. — According to the registrar, Tabor College has graduated 106 students with the last name of Friesen. Of those, 25 come from one family. The patriarch, Jacob Wall Friesen, was born Dec. 14, 1883,...

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Memoir recalls a legacy of faith, public service

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Ernest L. Boyer was an instrumental figure not only in Messiah College history but also in the progress of education in the United States. His wife, Kathryn T. Boyer, detailed their lives of...

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Students intern with anti-trafficking program

Pair assist at The Well, a center for exploited women

ROSEDALE, Ohio — When Karissa Brenneman and Taylor Herr arrived at Rosedale Bible College as students last year, they didn’t know that in 2015 they would be driving the streets of Columbus in a van, seeking out...

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Century of football yields stories of tapped potential

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Sheldon Nunnally would likely never have come to Bethel College if it weren’t for the chance to play football. The senior, who transferred to Bethel as a junior from Compton (Calif.)...

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Indiana-Michigan cites Goshen pastor’s ‘variance’ for same-sex ceremony

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference has identified a Goshen, Ind., pastor as at variance with its teaching position for officiating a same-sex covenant ceremony. The pastor, Karl Shelly of Assembly Mennonite...

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Goshen, Ind., confronts its sundown town past

Hidden racism once was common, but Goshen may be the first city to formally acknowledge it

When Dan Shenk began researching the sundown town history of his city, Goshen, Ind., he was surprised how much information he found. He read about it in sociologist James Loewen’s book, Sundown Towns: A Hidden...

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Confession change aims to get MBs talking

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Larry Nikkel wants to start a conversation among Mennonite Brethren about peace and nonviolence that hasn’t happened in decades. Nikkel, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren...

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With a name and leaders, Evana group moves ahead

Evana Network will be the name of a new Anabaptist group of churches set to launch in September. Evana announced its name — a combination of “evangelical” and “Anabaptist” — along with a transitional...

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MC USA board sends ‘forbearance’ resolution to delegates

“Forbearance” is the key word of a resolution the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will send to convention delegates in July. Meeting April 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo., the board approved the resolution —...

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3,400 register for MWC so far

Part-time registration option is now available for global assembly in July

By mid-March, Mennonite World Conference assembly registrants totaled about 3,400 people from 66 countries. Registrants for the event July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., represent 18 African countries, 15 Asian...

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Writing conference goes west for a changed landscape

FRESNO, Calif. — A major aspect of the latest Mennonite/s Writing conference, which took place March 12-15 on the campus of Fresno Pacific University, was changed landscapes, both literal and...

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