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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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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Mississippi church tends garden ministry

Something new is growing at Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson, Miss. Seeking ways to engage residents in the city of 180,000 people, the small congregation teamed up with Hugh Hollowell, formerly of Raleigh,...

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Canadian aids Tanzanian disciple-making

SHIRATI, Tanzania — Fifty Tanzanian Mennonite leaders, guided by Palmer Becker, a Canadian Mennonite author and teacher, studied spiritual leadership, pastoral care and Anabaptist essentials Feb. 14-16. They used...

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LMC breaks new ground

Leaders call for change as Lancaster-based fellowship grows, begins to chart its own course

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Leaving Mennonite Church USA on Dec. 31, 2017, brought one of the biggest changes LMC (formerly Lancaster Mennonite Conference) had undergone in dec­ades. Now the Anabaptist fellowship of 218...

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LMC seeks stronger global links

New relationship-building model begins with delegates assigned to 4 of 23 countries where LMC has partners

AKRON, Pa. — Twelve people gathered closely in a circle as Yvonne Garber uttered a Swahili phrase: Mungu Anajua. Garber then shared the translation — “God knows” — as she and her husband, Joe, elaborated...

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MWC delegation builds relationships in India

Deacons Commission joins celebration of a new church building in Raipur

RAIPUR, India — A Mennonite World Conference delegation celebrated global Anabaptist relationships with visits to a variety of congregations in India in December. Deacons Commission secretary and MWC...

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MCC has led the way to resettle refugees in Canada

More than 12,500 refugees have been resettled in Canada by Mennonite Central Committee since it negotiated a historic agreement with the government on March 5, 1979. The agreement established the framework for...

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Denver church an intercultural effort

Pastoral couple from Mexico part of bigger conference ties

A Denver area congregation’s efforts to be intercultural go far beyond being merely multicultural. Rather than a collection of cultures and identities tolerating each other but lacking mutual roots...

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Low German speakers seen in need of gospel

As the world’s influences impact communities, doors open for evangelism, too

Many Low German-speaking Mennonites have had little access to the outside world, but times are changing, and a new network wants to capitalize while it can. The goal is to evangelize Low German-speaking people who,...

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MCC projects support healthier students in Burundi

Families are stronger after some students used to go days without eating

NYANGUNGU, Burundi — Gaudence Nzotungandushe’s family faced many challenges before a local school started its health project. “Sometimes life is not easy for us, but it was very hard in the past,” she said,...

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MC USA to revisit Membership Guidelines

HESSTON, Kan. — Mennonite Church USA is considering changes to its Membership Guidelines. Policy and practice no longer match, leaving people dissatisfied on issues of sexuality and inclusion. The Constituency...

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Eyes that watch over us

Idaho-Colombia sister-church relationship has flourished for 20 years

BOISE, Idaho — Though it’s in a remote part of southern Colombia, Puerto Asis Church of God doesn’t go unnoticed. “There are only two pairs of eyes that watch over us here in Puerto Asis: God and Hyde Park...

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Land of the Kanza

Descendant of immigrants gives portion from sale of family land to indigenous heritage society

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Until a retired Mennonite pastor came along, Kanza tribal records indicated it had never happened before. No landowner had ever given something back to the Kanza people, also known as the Kaw...

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