Bolivian children’s home builds stronger families

MCC-supported project a home away from home

WINNIPEG, Man. — When Rosinda Picon goes to work, she trusts the staff at Stansberry Children’s Home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to care for her children. The children’s home, which is a Mennonite Central...

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Conservative Conference women hear apology

Leaders vow to shed cultural practices that have determined ‘a woman’s place’

KIDRON, Ohio — Conservative Mennonite Conference leaders apologized for imposing “extrabiblical church traditions” on women during the denomination’s annual conference July 27-30 at Central Christian...

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Violence escalates in Congo

KIKWIT, Democratic Republic of Congo — Violence continues to leave suffering and destruction in its wake in Congo’s three Kasaï provinces where most of the Mennonite churches are located. The situation worsens...

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Another conference offers less connection

South Central to allow churches to be members without MC USA affiliation

In response to one of its member congregations voting to leave Mennonite Church USA in the spring of 2016, South Central Mennonite Conference delegates have updated conference bylaws allowing a congregation to be...

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Amish spring break? No, it’s ‘Sail and Sing’ cruise

What if a diverse bunch of Mennonites and Amish got together for a faith-building vacation on a cruise ship? It’s not hypothetical. The Sail and Sing Cruise has been happening each year since 2012, when Ryan...

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MCC Great Lakes expands immigration response

Efforts include education, counseling, post-detention kits

GOSHEN, Ind. — In the climate of fear and unrest surrounding immigration, Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes is welcoming neighbors in northern Indiana and Chicago. “I sense a hunger in local congregations...

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Virginia Conference team begins investigation work

Virginia Mennonite Conference has appointed a four-person investigation team to review whether staff of Lindale Mennonite Church near Harrisonburg violated boundaries after learning about inappropriate behavior of...

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Two pairs of conferences eye closer relationships

Franklin and Lancaster, Allegheny and Central District exploring new connections

As current and former Mennonite Church USA conferences deal with shifting congregational alignment, two pairs of conferences are looking at closer relationships. Franklin Mennonite Conference is considering a...

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2,000 books distributed at Islamic convention

CHICAGO — Last year, an Eastern Mennonite Missions team that works in Christian-Muslim relations was invited to have the only booth representing a Jesus-following witness at America’s largest yearly gathering...

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Judge rules in favor of MC USA in Hopi land dispute

Education agency hopes to start school by September

Mennonite Education Agency is planning to start a new chapter at Hopi Mission School in Ky­kotsmovi, Ariz., after Navajo County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Higgins ruled in favor of Mennonite Church...

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Evana convention attendance nearly doubles

Network's second assembly includes baptism of four young people

UPLAND, Ind. — Hailey Beisel and Brooke Yoder weren’t signed up to attend Evana Network’s ReGen 2017 convention. But when two others from the Kaufman Mennonite Church youth group in Davidsville, Pa., dropped...

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LGBTQ advocates make the most of greater acceptance

Pink Menno and BMC see opportunity for conversations

ORLANDO, Fla. — From official seminars and an inclusive worship service to direct involvement in the Future Church Summit, LGBTQ participation and presence at the Mennonite Church USA convention reflected...

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Goshen College appoints Stoltzfus 18th president

GOSHEN, Ind. — Rebecca Stoltzfus has been appointed as Goshen College’s 18th president by a unanimous vote of the college’s board of directors and the board of the Mennonite Education Agency. She will take...

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To put love in action, Mennonite Church USA makes a list

Broken but beloved, leaning on a basic truth

ORLANDO, Fla. — For 3,200 people at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 4-8, “Love Is a Verb” was more than a grammar lesson. The week’s theme focused on the basic truth that Christian faith is love in...

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Tanzanians make connections at convention

Hundreds of congregations have left Mennonite Church USA in the last few years, making this summer’s convention a peculiar learning opportunity for a group of leaders from Tanzania Mennonite Church (Kanisa la...

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Future Church Summit: Where’s ‘quirky’ church going?

Summit sparks ideas that delegates call a guide for discernment

ORLANDO, Fla. — After 14 hours of talking about how to follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century, Mennonite Church USA delegates faced the question of how to describe what they had done. Had they set a...

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