U.N. investigation could shed light on Congo deaths

Three months after their son Michael J. Sharp was killed while leading a United Nations investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, parents John and Michele Miller Sharp continue his efforts seeking justice...

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MC USA board suspends appointment of gay member on committee

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has suspended its appointment of a Seattle man to a churchwide committee after learning he is in a same-sex marriage. “Board members acknowledged some missteps in the...

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Kingdom Fellowship Weekend seeks ‘pilgrim church’

A gathering of 20 young adults for Bible study, prayer and fellowship 13 years ago has grown into an annual event that draws about 1,000 people from conservative Anabaptist congregations and others interested in...

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Opinion: Talking ‘kimchi’ with North Koreans

Delegation's visit a reminder not to reduce a culture to a caricature

WINNIPEG, Man. — I was grateful for the opportunity in early May to sit around the dinner table on a Manitoba farm and share a Mennonite feast with local friends, some Mennonite Central Committee colleagues and...

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Program restores sex offenders

Reintegration is possible for people who are often regarded with fear and anger

The Canadian government will provide nearly $7.5 million over five years to a Mennonite-supported program that helps convicted sex offenders reintegrate into the community. Circles of Support and Accountability is...

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Bluffton University president announces retirement plans

James M. Harder to retire after coming academic year

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Bluffton University President James M. Harder will retire June 30, 2018, after serving 12 years. Kent Yoder, chair of the university’s board of trustees, announced Harder’s plans at the...

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Agri-Urban, a link of farm and town, comes to an end

Branding isn’t as hot a topic as it used to be for Western District Conference. Decades of burning a stylized “AU” on young cattle in the spring came to a close last year when the last batch of Agri-Urban...

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Guatemalan seminary leader knows Jesus heals

Renewal of faith forged a path to role of spreading Christ's message of peace

ELKHART, Ind. — Willi Hugo Perez was 10 years old when he lost his father. During Guate­mala’s 36-year civil war, Marco Tulio Perez was accused of being a communist, tortured in front of his family and then...

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Spike in Colombian violence underlines ongoing need for peacebuilding, prayer

Partners of Mennonite Central Committee in Colombia continue to walk with people affected by more than 50 years of violence as new armed conflict emerges even after a peace accord. Violence among armed groups is...

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Anabaptists make good subjects to study aging, mental illness

GOESSEL, Kan. — It’s one of the puzzles of medical science: Why do some people age faster than others? Is it genes or behavior? Nature or nurture? A study of Mennonites in Kan­sas and Nebraska has helped to...

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Brethren seek to clarify issues of authority

Like many denominations, the Church of the Brethren is weighing the degrees of uniformity and diversity it can accommodate. One of the business items to be considered at the annual conference June 28-July 2 in...

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Opinion: Starting at the end

Those who discovered Mennonites backwards see things differently

The video begins with a map of Western Europe, a dot hovering over Zurich. The scene shifts as a voice with a Pennsylvania Dutch lilt describes the baptism of Felix Manz in 1521. Woodcut pictures cross the screen...

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New name? Mennonite World Conference considers its identity

When someone mispronounces or misspells your name, does it seem they aren’t quite addressing you? We choose names carefully, perhaps to honor someone or to express a hoped-for characteristic. Names form part of...

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Tanzanian bishops dream big

Ambitious goals set as young leaders assume roles; 'what has happened to us?'

ARUSHA, Tanzania — New bishops have big dreams for the Tanzania Mennonite Church. Among other ambitious goals, the bishops have a strategic plan to share the gospel with a million people by 2034, the 100-year...

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Congo Mennonites suffer ‘major wounds’

The Mennonite Church of Congo has sustained “major wounds” to its people and infrastructure, said Adolphe Komuesa Kalunga, the church president. Komuesa was reporting on the annual administrative council...

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Goshen College announces candidate of choice for president

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College Presidential Search Committee announced alumna Rebecca Stoltzfus as its candidate of choice to become the college’s 18th president during an all-campus gathering May 24. She...

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