Singing together unsafe, MennoMedia advises

As stay-at-home orders are lifted across the United States and Canada, MennoMedia released a statement May 19 discouraging congregational singing when physical gatherings resume. “While singing is considered...

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Coronavirus leads to new connections around the world

From Belize to the U.K., livelihoods disrupted, aid given, events postponed

The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting Anabaptists to respond to challenges locally and around the world as they connect in new ways. Die Mennonitische Post reported Mennonites in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, initiated a food...

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MCC canned meat eases economic hardship in U.S.

Meat canned by Mennonite Central Committee has traveled around the world, and now it’s hailing a taxi in New York City. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is...

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Churches promote healthy habits to prevent virus spread

Mission Network responds to COVID-19 in Africa, Latin America

Mennonites in the West African nation of Burkina Faso are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to untouched regions of the country. As part of $20,000 in emergency aid to help global partners, Mennonite...

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NYC church offers care through virus crisis

Congregation in epicenter of COVID-19 offers support, connection and hope

“I’m running low on food. Is there anything you can do to help?” said a text message to Pastor Elvis Martinez from a woman who attends Evangelical Garifuna Church of Manhattan, a Mennonite congregation in New...

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Indonesian church members respond to virus in hospital, hotel

The Mennonite community is working with the local government to mitigate the risk and manage the spread of COVID-19 cases in Kudus, a city of more than 800,000 people in Central Java, Indonesia. Mardi Rahayu...

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In summer of uncertainty, small is good for colleges

After finishing the spring semester online, the big question for U.S. Mennonite colleges and universities is what the fall will look like. One thing they’re sure of: It will look different. The five Mennonite...

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Arizona school plans another reopening

Peace Academic Center — formerly known as Hopi Mission School — is continuing to assist reservation residents in Kykots­movi, Ariz., despite being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Peace Academic Center...

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New latrines, water system improve health in Congo

Replacement of primitive toilets keeps children clean, lowers risk of disease

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — The 12 new toilets at Institute Katuze Secondary School do more than prevent disease better than the two old pit toilets they replaced. They also reduce violence and...

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New Yorkers find opportunities in COVID crisis

Pastor has ear of the powerful NEW YORK — Al Taylor, pastor at Infinity Mennonite Church, sees the coronavirus as a trial that is growing the church, somewhat like the persecution of the early church in...

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MDS boosts joint relief fund to meet need

Job losses affect racial, ethnic churches especially

A congregational relief fund has grown to $800,000 as more than 300 U.S. Anabaptist congregations have applied for assistance to weather the financial challenges that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasizing...

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Empowering women, demystifying ‘mission’

Kenyan leader talks about the need to make women’s voices heard in a patriarchal church

Pamela Obonde has worked with children’s and women’s rights organizations in Kenya for 17 years. Three years ago she switched her focus to women in the church when she realized the issues in the world remained...

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MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund

Fund reaffirms 1983 resolution, establishes new peacemaking initiatives

This tax season — which the IRS has extended to July 15 — Mennonite Church USA is highlighting its Church Peace Tax Fund, formerly known as the War Tax Alternative Fund, in an effort to re-engage constituents...

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Virus delays Nebraskans’ relaunch

New name seeks to connect

Through prayer, discernment and the congregation’s unanimous affirmation in February, Beatrice (Neb.) Mennonite Church was not supposed to exist right now. But COVID-19 halted plans for a relaunch celebration on...

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Grants relieve stress, anguish

Churches face financial crisis as members struggle

When states began issuing stay-at-home orders and requiring some businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Pastor Graciela Tijerina called every member of her congregation. “What are your...

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A quiet summer: Some Mennonite camps cancel programs

Summer camps were not designed for social distancing. With gaga ball and capture the flag, close-quartered cabins and campfire worship, food preparation and meal times in the dining hall, “the whole idea of...

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