Pancakes link Russians in Germany to Ethiopians

Thin Russian pastry helped Aussiedler 'discover' Ethiopian Mennonites in 1994

In 1994, Shimeles and Yutta Retta met the “Russian Mennonites,” or Aussiedler, who had recently moved from the former Soviet Union to Germany. Being recently converted to Christ, Shimeles, an Ethiopian refugee,...

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Panel calls for ‘cultural shift’ to prevent abuse

LANSDALE, Pa. — After two years of work, the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention presented their observations and recommendations, notably regarding noncredentialed leaders, to the MC USA...

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Symposium highlights higher education histories

Institutions' commonality and unity offer insights to face challenging times

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Students and seasoned scholars alike gathered March 24 at Eastern Mennonite University for the Centennial Histories Symposium, featuring the authors of five histories of Mennonite higher...

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Mennonite World Review, The Mennonite talk merger

Two publishers propose new, independent media organization

The nonprofit organizations that publish the two leading U.S. Mennonite periodicals, and manage robust digital platforms, are exploring a merger to strengthen Anabaptist journalism in a fast-changing media...

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In Ukraine, families of fallen soldiers find comfort

MCC partner operates a peace club for people who have lost family members in the conflict in Ukraine

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief. This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova’s story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the...

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MCC supplies food amid violence in Congo

Agnès Ntumba remembers the day her husband and seven children fled the violence that took over their village in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “I saw people being killed. They were coming...

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Opinion: Mennonite Church USA’s biblical evangelism

As a member of a Mennonite Church USA congregation, I would like to respond to E. Daniel Martin’s characterizations of us (“Why Lancaster Conference Got an Annulment,” Letters & Comments, March...

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Europeans anticipate most diverse gathering

European Mennonites gather every six years for worship and fellowship. This spring, the European Mennonite Conference will be the most diverse gathering yet. Organizers anticipate about 1,500 Mennonites from across...

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From MWC’s Global Youth Summit, a love story

Christian parents have long encouraged their sons and daughters to find a life partner at church activities. And they’ve encouraged their young adults to meet the global church through international...

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Lancaster Conference begins new era

Conference claims identity as a ‘Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches,’ welcomes 54 congregations

EAST EARL, Pa. — Lancaster Mennonite Conference, newly independent from Mennonite Church USA, is rebranding to highlight its growing geographical reach. Moderator Keith Weaver, in his State of the Conference...

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Plain Anabaptist conference seeks common ground

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — A sobering commitment to nonresistance in wartime was the theme given the most attention at the 13th Anabaptist Identity Conference. Hours of lectures on the experiences of nonresistant...

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Opinion: Why Lancaster Conference left

Separation from MC USA makes other kinds of unity possible

Since leaders and writers from outside Lancaster Mennonite Conference have offered their perspectives on why LMC withdrew from Mennonite Church USA, I will add my voice. I was part of LMC when we decided to join...

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Filmmaker probes meaning of ‘turn the other cheek’

Growing up in a conservative Mennonite family, David A.R. White only saw one movie in his first 18 years — and that was at a friend’s house. Today, he is an actor and producer with a film scheduled for release...

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MCC marks 75 years in India

Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating 75 years of relief, development and peace work in India, making it one of the oldest international aid organizations in the country. MCC began work in India in 1942 in...

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MCC may allow exceptions to ‘lifestyle expectations’

Hundreds sign letter calling for change

Mennonite Central Committee’s U.S. and Canada boards have approved the possibility of exceptions to the “lifestyle expectations” for some MCC personnel, although those parameters have not been completely...

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Scholars uncover hidden stories of the Holocaust

Conference probes Mennonite complicity, wartime experiences ranging from atrocity to mercy

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — In 2004, Joachim Wieler of Wei­mar, Germany, opened a small wooden box he inherited after his mother’s death. To his surprise and horror, it contained letters his late father wrote while...

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