MVS marks 75 years of formation for young adults

When Gilberto Perez was 12, he hung out with the older guys who came from the Browns­ville, Texas, Mennonite Voluntary Service unit to help his parents build a Hispanic Mennonite church in Robstown. At 19, those...

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Amish pose challenges for providers of health care

Amish and conservative Mennonite communities might get identified as “Plain,” but health-care providers have found offering services to them can be anything but simple. A patient might pay with cash rather than...

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Don’t just assume

Mennonite mainline visitor observes gathering of conservative Anabaptists

Two cow carcasses lie piled onto each other, just off the parking lot. The Shipshewana (Ind.) Auction Barn has some actual barns attached to it, and two of its residents must have died recently. A few hours later...

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Swiss forgive, don’t forget

Surprise apology for persecution prompts ceremony of reconciliation

It took about 490 years for government officials in Bern, Switzerland, to ask forgiveness for persecution of Anabaptists. It took less than two to get a response from Swiss Mennonites. Delegates from every...

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Pa. cell-church planters reap rewards from risk

Couple see evidence of changed lives after hearing a call to deeper engagement

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — After a monthlong series of prayers while walking around the city of Nanticoke a year ago, Michael and Lori Deckman learned that no matter how many miles they logged on one path, God often...

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Mother reclaims life after son’s murder

MCC partner Parents for Peace and Justice has been part of her healing journey

CHICAGO — Corniki Bornds sits on the sofa in her living room, where reminders of her son, her only child, adorn the walls and shelves. Just around the corner is his room, a place she couldn’t enter for six...

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Value of fritters skyrockets at Calif. MCC auction

Without the usual West Coast sale volunteer effort, a dozen fritters go for $1,100

When no volunteers stepped up to coordinate making fritters for the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction April 12-13 at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, attendees got a lesson in supply and demand. By...

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School on Sunday

Besides worship, Sabbath at Guatemalan church means helping adults and children finish their education

Sunday school works a little differently at Casa Horeb, a Mennonite congregation in Guate­mala City. For 10 hours on Sundays, before and after worship, the congregation transforms into a more traditional school,...

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Canadian author looks back on controversy, faith

Wiebe has had a complex relationship with the MB church after his first novel ‘destroyed peace for many’

Fifty-seven years ago, a young Mennonite author published a book that turned the Canadian Mennonite world upside down. That author was Rudy Wiebe, and the book was Peace Shall Destroy Many — the first novel about...

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MWC celebrates ‘borderless faith’

Costa Ricans host annual Renewal 2027 event, highlighting global concern for migrants

SAN RAFAEL DE HEREDIA, Costa Rica — Building on five centuries of Anabaptists being on the move for a variety of reasons, this year’s Mennonite World Conference Renewal 2027 event in Costa Rica focused on...

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Living on the edge: fellowship breaks barriers with love

Lancaster church planters faced unexpected challenges, now see the fruit of ministry in changed lives

LANCASTER, Pa. — When Rhoda and Art Yost sold their 39-year-old hardware business in 2013 and bought the building where RiversEdge Fellowship gathers today, they did not bargain for the hidden costs involved in...

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Connected at the cross

Symbol of Korean unity goes on a journey in Pacific Southwest

Connections brought a wooden cross to Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, and further connections are taking it on a pilgrimage to each congregation. Made of interlocking pieces of wood in contrasting colors,...

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The many faces of MDS

Hurricane relief brings together diverse Anabaptists and others as rebuilders of homes, hope

What do you get when you put Mennonites from all over the United States and Canada, and from all sorts of different Mennonite conferences and churches, in the same place? A Mennonite Disaster Service unit, that’s...

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TMI released for possible merger with MWR

MC USA Executive Board updates discernment process on Membership Guidelines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In its final in-person meeting before the Mennonite Church USA convention in July, the denomination’s Executive Board on March 31-April 2 unanimously accepted terms to release The Mennonite...

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With country in crisis, Venezuelans request prayer

With economic and political conditions in Venezuela deteriorating, Mennonite leaders are asking for prayers for peace for their nation as their churches sow seeds of peace in their communities. “The news confuses...

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My Oma and me: building bridges with art

MCC worker in Haiti walks in the footsteps of her grandmother, a pioneer of fair-trade project that became Ten Thousand Villages

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On my first visit to Ramon St. Hilaire’s workshop, in a narrow alley in Port-au-Prince, I remember it smelled of fragrant, fresh-cut wood. Sawdust sparkled in the tropical air. Outside,...

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