Schools to form a closer relationship

New association aims to strengthen ties with MC USA as one structure is developed for all

A new association connecting Mennonite Church USA’s institutions of higher education will launch Feb. 1. The Mennonite Higher Education Association’s goals include strengthening the schools’ relationships...

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Western District Conference launches a Year of Evangelism

GOESSEL, Kan. — An evangelist is a “both/and” kind of person, speakers said Jan. 19-20 as Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA launched a Year of Evangelism. “There is more than one way for...

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Western District board condemns president’s reported remarks

The leadership board of Mennonite Church USA’s Western District Conference on Jan. 13 condemned President Trump’s alleged vulgar and dismissive reference to certain countries. In a statement, the WDC Executive...

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Suspect arrested in deaths of U.N. investigators, but questions remain

Another suspect in the killing of a Mennonite United Nations investigator in the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested Dec. 29, but an understanding of who killed Michael J. Sharp — and why — continues to...

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Former MC USA congregations join MB conference

HENDERSON, Neb. — Five former Mennonite Church USA congregations joined the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches Nov. 3-4. The MB Central District Conference welcomed the five churches, from the...

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Couple retire after decades of mission work in Spain

ELKHART, Ind. — Connie and Dennis Byler, serving with Mennonite Mission Network, watched Anabaptism take root in Spain in their 37 years of ministry there. They helped tuck seeds into the ground tilled by the...

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Revitalized college signals new vision in Tanzania

With ambitious goals, church needs trained leaders

NYABANGE, Tanzania — Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa has experienced a dramatic turnaround, going from a dying school of just three students to a thriving college in one year. On Dec. 2, 90...

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Podcasters fill a ‘void’ on conservative Anabaptism

Reagan Schrock couldn’t find a podcast from a conservative Anabaptist perspective, so he decided to produce his own. Already the owner of a media company, he and fellow church member Jaran Miller founded the...

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Nonprofits weigh impact of tax law

Some nonprofit organizations worry the tax bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 21 will result in fewer donations. Charitable giving remains tax deductible, but a doubling of the standard deduction means...

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Smoking, driving and deep theology

20 questions at Third Way show curiosity about Mennonites

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Suppose your job is to answer impossibly complex questions, sometimes dealing with theology and even eternal destiny. How do you respond? This was the volunteer task of Erwin and Angela...

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MCC medical aid reaches North Korea

Eight small bags from MCC transcend hostilities, harsh rhetoric

PYONGYANG, North Korea — It had been a long trek for eight small bags of medical supplies. They had been packed and re­packed, crossed an ocean, passed through three countries and numerous airport security...

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Initial meeting brings MC Canada into restructured era

New Joint Council sets forth with collective agenda

After years of developing documents, processing in meetings and finally voting approval in a special delegate assembly in October, Mennonite Church Canada took first steps in a new structure when its new Joint...

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Loving hymns, aiding refugees

‘Midnight Hymn Sing’ has two-fold purpose

A new album of hymns has raised around $6,000 for Mennonite Central Committee in one month. The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of 10 classic hymns recorded in a blues-rock-folk style. Shannon Koehler of San...

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Peace on Earth, goodwill to immigrants

Pa. church shares Christmas feast with people from 49 countries

MANHEIM, Pa. — From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, about 525 people from 49 nations celebrated Christmas and cross-cultural friendship Dec. 3 at Mount Joy Mennonite Church’s third annual international Christmas...

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Puerto Ricans who have little share with those who have less

Hurricane leaves physical, emotional scars, monumental rebuilding task

Food is scarce and electricity still out in many places, but Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from September’s Hurricane Maria show tenacity, compassion and courage, a Mennonite trauma specialist reported...

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2017 Review: Congo suffering, North American realignment

MC Canada's reinvention, U.S. conference realignments highlight a fast-changing denominational scene

While North American Mennonites sped the pace of change in their church structures, Mennonites in the Democratic Republic of Congo dealt with matters of life and death. Ethnic and political violence drove at least...

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