Ten Thousand Villages Canada closing operations

NEW HAMBURG, Ont. — Ten Thousand Villages Canada announced on Jan. 21 the closure of its corporate operations, including the head office and distribution center in New Hamburg, as well as wholesale operations, 10...

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‘Dear friends in Iran’

MCC leaders offer solidarity amid rising tensions

The executive directors of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and MCC Canada sent the following letter Jan. 9. Dear friends of Mennonite Central Committee in Iran: We write to you in solidarity and friendship at a...

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MWC delegation supports churches in Hong Kong

Mennonite World Conference sent a delegation in December to Hong Kong to hear church members’ concerns and show solidarity amid political unrest and social shifts that can lead to differences of opinion within...

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Support for couple natural step in Ill. church’s inclusion

A flock. A family. Branches sprouting from the vine. The bride of Christ. One body. A city on the hill. Scripture is full of meta­phors for congregations and the people who compose them. Laura Brenneman, a...

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Nigerian Brethren ecumenical leader executed by Boko Haram

A Nigerian Church of the Brethren district secretary and ecumenical leader was executed by Boko Haram militants on Jan. 20, Church of the Brethren officials confirmed Jan. 21. Lawan Andimi served Ekklesiyar...

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VMMissions responds to Albania earthquake

Virginia Mennonite Missions responded to the strongest earthquake to hit Albania in more than 40 years with funding for temporary shelters, trauma counseling and repairs for a Mennonite school. Northwestern Albania...

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In MCC’s centennial year, relief sales keep evolving

As some traditions endure, other fundraising practices change

As one relief sale sets a lofty goal to celebrate Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial in 2020, others continue a trend of reinvention to be smaller and less reliant on scores of volunteers. The Kansas...

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Brethren gather in Nigeria, discuss forming global body

Church of the Brethren representatives gathered Dec. 2-5 in Kwarhi, Nigeria, to discuss the vision of becoming a global church body. Representatives came from Haiti, Dominican Republic, United States, Rwanda,...

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California sale billed as celebration

After 52 years, the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale is switching gears and billing itself as a celebration. A celebration without “Mennonite” in the name. Although its legal incorporated name is staying the...

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Storm destroys Congo churches

Damage is extensive at mission station

Thirty-five buildings on the Mennonite mission station, including the oldest central Mennonite church, were destroyed when wind and torrential rain ripped through Ndjoko Punda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov....

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Mission leader saw dreams for global church realized

Showalter mobilized cooperation for mission among global Anabaptists

Richard A. Showalter lived to see his dreams for the global Anabaptist church come true. “It seemed that all I had ever dreamed, and more, began to appear before my eyes,” he wrote in his final Missionary...

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Chinese church faithful for 30 years in Alberta

EDMONTON, Alta. — Each week, a little band of disciples known as Edmonton Christian Life Community Church meets at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where many homeless people congregate. The congregation...

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Great Winter Warm-up opens MCC centennial activities

National celebration events are set for June in Lancaster County, Pa.

Throughout 2020, Mennonite Central Committee is inviting supporters to celebrate its centennial with commemorative events, comforter making, giving opportunities, storytelling and more. Activities begin Jan. 18...

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Goshen, AMBS professor inspired many for peace

GOSHEN, Ind. — John Richard (J.R.) Burkholder, 91, a college and seminary professor whose work spanned and influenced dramatic changes in 20th-century Mennonite peace theology and ecumenical engagements, died...

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MB leader charged, withdraws from international role

After being charged for alleged solicitation of prostitution in January 2019 in Fresno, Calif., a Mennonite Brethren leader resigned from a conference leadership position and withdrew from another. Gary Wall, who...

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Getting together again: 2019 year in review

Conferences reconcile; MC USA seeks revival; MCC returns to its roots

Reconnection and revival led Mennonite news in 2019. Conferences reconciled, leaders traveled overseas to renew historic ties, and Mennonite Church USA sought an infusion of Spirit-filled life. Reconciliation was a...

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