Fond farewell to the blue hymnal

Winnipeg congregation hosts hymn sing-a-thon

WINNIPEG, Man. — Over the span of a single weekend, Sean Goerzen sang or played every hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book. All 658 of them. “I feel like I know the hymnal in a very intimate way now,” he said with...

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U.S. MBs submit letter to national service commission

The U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches submitted a letter on Nov. 8 to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, affirming “many of the convictions” that other Anabaptist...

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Cowboy church reaches ranching culture

Born in a barn, New Trail Fellowship stakes a claim to shatter barriers to faith

It was Saturday afternoon of the rodeo. Stan Norman climbed into the bull pen, baptizing two bull riders in a stock tank surrounded by the largest bulls and broncs. “All I asked the bull riders was they cover my...

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MDS to respond to hurricane in Bahamas

Agency will support efforts of local churches

For Mennonite Disaster Service executive director Kevin King, the destruction left behind in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian was unbelievable. “As far as one could see, everything was destroyed or damaged,” he...

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Lost gravestones found in Ukraine

Chortitza cemetery markers recovered from a barn’s foundation

Communist efforts to wipe out the memory of religious groups in the 1930s resulted occasionally in the Soviet Union being built on a Mennonite foundation. An example of just that was discovered in July when a...

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The Mennonite Inc. board looks toward merger with MWR Inc.

ELKHART, Ind. — The board of directors of The Mennonite Inc. on Nov. 2 looked with excitement at the continued work with Mennonite World Review Inc. to form a new, independent Anabaptist communications nonprofit...

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Group to advise MC USA on Membership Guidelines

An advisory group has been assigned to recommend how to decide the future of the Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines. After a Nov. 15-17 meeting in Chicago, the group is expected to deliver a report to the...

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Canned meat for ‘humble people in need’

Puerto Rican churches serve the homeless

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner operator Tristan Pries had to fight back tears. “We were helping the homeless people with the food,” he said. “I learned to appreciate...

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Bethel College community reacts to sexual assault arrest

The arrest of a North Newton, Kan., man has prompted the Bethel College community to evaluate how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Ted Mueller, 84, was arrested Oct. 31 at his home on...

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Scholars take a hard look at the Holocaust

Historians explore Mennonite response to Second World War

WINNIPEG, Man. — About 80 years ago, Jews and Mennonites lived peacefully together in the Ukrainian city of Chortitza. Then the Nazis came, and everything changed. In 1941, before the invasion, Chortitza had...

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Forest church combines worship with great outdoors

Growing network tells church buildings to take a hike

While giving a weather report at the beginning of a worship service is usually cliché, on Oct. 20 in Wilmot, Ont., it would have been redundant. Wilmot Forest Church — a new initiative of Burning Bush Forest...

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Former CAM worker sentenced to 9 years

Confession to dozens of Haiti crimes influenced judge

Former Christian Aid Ministries worker Jeriah Mast of Millersburg, Ohio, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Nov. 5 for sexually abusing two boys in Holmes County. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Holmes...

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EMM’s move to city marks a shift in strategy

Cross-cultural center fits with aid to refugees, global trend of urban life

LANCASTER, Pa. — In late 2020, Eastern Mennonite Missions plans to open a cross-cultural center in Lancaster City and move its global ministry headquarters there. EMM will sell its properties in Salunga and move...

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Canadian MB members share views on financial report

WATERLOO, Ont. — Individuals associated with the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches expressed their perspectives during and after the Oct. 23 CCMBC annual general meeting in Waterloo about...

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Canadian MB leaders apologize for financial losses

Conference magazine a casualty of budget cuts

WATERLOO, Ont. — Discussion about ­financial losses dominated the annual general meeting of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches on Oct. 23 at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church. Results of the...

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Franconia, Eastern District mend a 172-year split

A history of division became a future of unity when Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conferences held reconciliation votes Nov. 2 during joint assemblies at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church. The vote...

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