Oregon school drops ‘Mennonite’ from name

Western Mennonite School near West Salem, Ore., changed its name to Western Christian School over the summer to better reflect a student body with few Mennonite students. Though there is an Anabaptist community in...

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Goshen graduate was influential peacemaker

Philip Thomas dies of heart attack in Kenya

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College alumnus and adjunct professor Philip Thomas of Goshen died on Nov. 29 of natural causes due to a heart attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Thomas was a peace advocate who had traveled to more...

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Converts become leaders of growing Garifuna network

NEW YORK — When Omar Guzman came from Honduras to New York City the month after 9/11, he was an unbeliever, imprisoned by a lifestyle that brought emptiness and despair. His wife, Tania, had moved to the city in...

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New York’s new generation

Double-duty leaders carry Anabaptist torch their elders passed

NEW YORK — For 39-year-old Moises Angustia, there is no such luxury as coming home from his day job as a social worker to recline in an easy chair. Like many of his ministry peers in their 40s, Angustia does...

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Leaders set example of forgiveness in Honduras

Groups with Anabaptist roots put aside tensions that separated them for 20 years

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Leaders of the Amor Viviente (Living Love) and Centro Cristiano Internacional churches met Nov. 14 in an act of reconciliation and mutual forgiveness. They embraced in the presence of more...

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Discovered documents detail French Nazi resistance

More than seven decades after World War II ended, revelations about Mennonites and the war continue coming to light. Stéphane Zehr of Anduze, France, presented research about French Mennonite resistance to...

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MWC census: Anabaptist world membership up slightly

World membership rises as N. America, Europe decline

Membership in Anabaptist churches worldwide grew 0.7 percent since 2015, according to Mennonite World Conference’s triennial census released Nov. 20. By MWC’s count, the Ana­baptist-Men­non­ite faith family...

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Franconia, Eastern District move toward reconciliation

San Francisco Chinese congregation is fourth from California to join Franconia

SOUDERTON, Pa. — A historic worship service marked a step toward the possible reconciliation of Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite conferences in 2020. The service at Souderton Mennonite Church was part of...

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Withdrawal ends publishers’ merger proposal

Lacking an agreement with MC USA board, The Mennonite drops out of process with MWR

The board of directors of The Mennonite Inc. decided Nov. 13 to withdraw from exploring a merger with Mennonite World Review Inc. “This action comes following the inability of TMI and Mennonite Church USA...

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Colombians pray with rebels who’ve laid down their weapons

Mennonites and former guerrilla fighters have found common ground in seeking peace for their country

BOGOTA, Colombia — The group stood in a prayer circle, holding hands. Some of the hands, figuratively, were likely bloody. They were the hands of guerrillas — high-ranking, longtime members of FARC, the...

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South Korean court upholds CO rights

South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled Nov. 1 that men in the country can reject mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment. The Associated Press reported the ruling will...

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MCC meat canning under pressure

Schedule cut back as traveling service project is understaffed

Mennonite Central Committee’s mobile meat-canning season — the fall-to-spring activity where 30,000 volunteers help to preserve meat in cans for people in crisis around the world — has begun. This year,...

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Synagogue songs embrace Jewish neighbors

Vigil supports Jewish worshipers after shooting

First Mennonite Church of San Francisco found itself in a unique position to offer support to a Jewish community shaken by the Oct. 27 shooting that killed 11 people and wounded six at Tree of Life synagogue in...

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Arrest made in case of murdered Goshen professor

After seven years, a suspect has been arrested and charged for the 2011 murder of Goshen (Ind.) College biology professor James Miller. Elkhart County prosecutor Vicki Becker announced Oct. 30 that Winston Earl...

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Churches discuss response to lethal threats

NEWTON, Kan. — As Mennonites gathered in a church basement Oct. 27 to discuss how they might respond to a shooter in their church, cell phones buzzed with news of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The...

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Independent seminary launches Anabaptist program

An independent seminary in the Chicago area is launching an Anabaptist Studies Program featuring a pastor and author recently terminated as visiting lecturer from the Mennonite Breth­ren Fresno (Calif.) Pacific...

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