Camps offer faith-building respite

If Mennonite camping were only about camping, Andrew Michaels would pack up and go home. But since it’s about connecting people to Christ, he remains all in. Michaels directs Camp Luz in Orrville, Ohio, one of...

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Testimony: I welcomed my enemy

I come from a people called the Banyamulenge. We are cattle herders and live in the high mountains of eastern Congo overlooking Lake Tanganyika. Over the years, my people have been forced from one area to another...

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Seminary distributes aid after volcano erupts in Guatemala

EL PORVENIR, Guatemala — The village of El Porvenir looked pleasant and sunny July 28. Roads, houses and buildings were washed clean by seasonal rain. But the village was empty, with access restricted by national...

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Dutch congregation rebuilds to support community

The fellowship hall of the Mennonite church in Zaandam, the Netherlands, needed a bit of work. The congregation decided it was a chance to make the 1970s annex not just more friendly to the environment but to the...

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MCC Washington Office reflects on 50 years of advocacy

WASHINGTON — The Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house and reception at The Hill Center on July 17. MCC’s Peace Section opened the Washington...

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Sexual abuse challenges conservative communities

When emotional expressions aren't welcome, victims suffer in silence

An organization that addresses sexual abuse in conservative Anabaptist communities has suspended the vice chair of its board following allegations that he failed to protect abuse victims from a known sex...

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Opinion: What’s our inclusion ritual?

In “From Belief to Belonging: Open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada congregations”, Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe describes how open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada congregations...

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Open communion on the rise in MC Canada congregations

Many Mennonites have grown up hearing these words for as long as they can remember: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Communion, the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist — whatever the name, it has been an integral...

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Conservative Conference rebrands with initials

CMC will allow women in some lay leadership roles

MONTGOMERY, Ind. — Conservative Mennonite Conference has rebranded — for now — as CMC. In a move similar to that of Lancaster Mennonite Conference earlier this year, CMC ministers voted unanimously July 20 to...

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Former inmate leads a church inside a prison

MB ministry in Paraguay sees Holy Spirit change lives

Pastor Ignacio Chamorro Ramírez’s flock isn’t typical. “My members are rapists, kidnappers, murderers and fraudsters — all washed by the blood of Jesus our Lord,” he said. Chamorro directs an integrated...

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Ethiopian sees how Latin Americans run a seminary

Exchange creates stronger bonds in global Anabaptist educational community

GUATEMALA CITY — An exchange of East African and Latin American approaches to theological education took place when the president of Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia visited SEMILLA, the Latin American...

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Canadian MBs join trend to decentralize

Denomination to focus on provincial conferences, cease biennial national conventions

Less is going to be more in a new approach to national decision-making and structure approved by Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches delegates July 14 in Saskatoon, Sask. With 97 percent agreement,...

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Return to national service concerns French churches

A government plan to resurrect compulsory national service next year in France has Mennonites concerned about implications for young people in their congregations. While some details are not finalized, the plan...

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With a leap, children learn new language

Refugees, immigrants gain a sense of belonging, welcome in Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster educators know refugee resettlement isn’t just about offering a new home but also helping refugees navigate the years of readjustment ahead of them. That’s why four local...

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To beat addiction, path to freedom is spiritual

Founder of sober-living program in Ohio has special concern for men in plain Anabaptist communities

For Paul Fehr, addiction to drugs began with rejection, but an encounter with Christ helped him overcome that bondage. Now he’s the executive director of Operation 6:12, a Christian residential program in...

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Evana solidifies collaborative vision

Evangelical Anabaptist network has 40 affiliate congregations, counts MB colleges among its partners

UPLAND, Ind. — At 3 years old, the Evana Network is solidifying its identity as a collaborator with other Anabaptist denominations. During a delegate session at Evana’s third ReGen convention, held June 29-July...

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