West Africans celebrate first credentialed leaders

Mennonite Church West Africa advanced its mission to establish Anabaptist churches in three nations on the Atlantic coast when it celebrated the ordination of its first credentialed leaders. More than 200 people,...

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Kreider helped start thriving thrift shop network

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Lois Kreider, who helped develop the first U.S. Mennonite thrift stores and was among the first Mennonite Central Committee workers in Europe after World War II, died Jan. 31 in North Newton....

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From persecution to reconciliation

Menno-Hof information center in Indiana highlights relations with Lutherans, Catholics, Reformed

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Persecution of Anabaptists in the 16th century by Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed churches created centuries of mutual mistrust and suspicion. In the last 30 years, however, these churches...

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Amish teachers serve Old Colony schools in Mexico

Two of the most traditional Anabaptist groups — Old Order Amish and Old Col­ony Mennonites — were only vaguely aware of each other 24 years ago. Since then, they’ve built a relationship of trust based on a...

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Music leaders test songs for hymnal coming in 2020

Team has reviewed 5,000 pieces of music

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — Anticipation for the new Voices Together music and worship collection — which is nearing the end of the research, song-collection and testing phase — was in high gear Jan. 11-13 at the...

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Hope rises in Ohio Conference

Healing of relationships leads to more cooperation, renewed focus on mission

In late 2016, Ohio Mennonite Conference regional pastor Cliff Brubaker decided to hit the road and visit every congregation in the conference. He estimates he got to 47 out of 55, most of which are in Ohio, with a...

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Kansas ministry offers warmth to homeless community

Yes, there’s a homeless shelter in Hutchinson, Kan., but no, it’s only open at night. That bothered Lois Mast and her daughter Heidi Mast, who recognized the cold can be just as bitter when people are turned...

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Pennsylvania shootings take lives of Ohio father, son

A series of shootings that killed four people and critically wounded another Jan. 24 in State College, Pa., took the lives of a father and son who were members of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek,...

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Evana’s new leader looks for growth, collaboration

Evana Network’s next executive director foresees the group broadening its tent and continuing a conversation among Mennonites and like-minded Anabap­tists about how to collaborate. The evangelical Anabaptist...

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Pink Menno Grandmother’s activism came naturally

Ruby Lehman of Harrisonburg, Va., is an 87-year-old retired schoolteacher, member of Park View Mennonite Church, world traveler, mother of four, white-haired extrovert with an easy smile and gay-rights...

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Two faiths’ followers reflect God’s image

EMM workers participate in Christian-Muslim dialogue at Dutch seminary

It seemed unlikely that a topic with apparently little common ground — the relationship between humanity and divinity —could serve as a starting point for Christian-Muslim dialogue. Yet it did, with help from a...

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Church growth stretches Ethiopian resources

Challenges accompany the joys of growth as tens of thousands of people new to Ethi­o­pia’s Mese­rete Kristos Church swell the denomination. Now with more than 600,000 participants, the world’s largest...

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U.S. MBs discuss women in pastoral ministry

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enough U.S. Mennonite Brethren want to allow women as lead pastors that they’ve opened an official discussion about it. Recognizing diversity of belief, they want to build unity and...

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Research digs into Ukrainian Mennonites missing and murdered during Soviet era

Among the lists of those disappeared during the dark times of the 1930s and ’40s in what is now Ukraine, research­ers have found roughly 400 pages of Mennonite names, with five or six names per page. That is...

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A quilter’s legacy of generosity

Emma Jean Landis pieced more than 650 quilts and comforters for MCC

Emma Jean Landis saw a need and found a way to fill it. She was just that kind of person. One of the many ways the late Tunkhannock, Pa., resident did so was by quilting and making comforters for Mennonite Central...

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Ukrainians witness amid suffering, hope

Spiritual descendants of Mennonite villagers are guiding the church to rebirth

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — In a region that thousands of Mennonites left generations ago, two dozen of today’s Mennonite leaders from across Europe gathered for three days of fellowship in October. Hosted by...

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