Another conference to license gay pastor

Central District expects to join Mountain States in action that Mennonite Church USA’s leadership board has opposed

A second Mennonite Church USA area conference intends to license a pastor in a same-sex relationship, potentially putting it at odds with an Executive Board directive. Central District Conference plans to license...

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MC USA leaders review survey, offer ideas for future

SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — Mennonite Church USA’s Constitu­ency Leaders Council reviewed results of a survey of leaders, shared ideas about potential new relational structures and gave feedback on a leadership...

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Urban leaders seek ‘peace of the city,’ practical ministry

What does Jeremiah’s charge look like today?

PHILADELPHIA — In a letter to Jerusalem’s exiled leaders, the prophet Jeremiah called on them to work for the welfare of Babylon, the city to which they had been deported. “Seek the peace and prosperity of...

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Opinion: Get our own house in order

Two things the church needs: Love for each other, right use of Scripture

True life in the church depends on the “New Love Commandment” Jesus gave to his disciples in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By...

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Opinion: Biblical and better way

Our churches should uphold biblical teaching about homosexuality — and be places to love and listen rather than shame or exclude

Theologically conservative Christians are widely perceived as hostile to gays. And it is largely our own fault. Many of us have actually been homophobic. Most of us tolerated gay bashers. We did not deal...

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First Meserete Kristos children’s curriculum to launch

MCC worker collaborates with MKC peace office to write lessons on 52 topics

The Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia will soon launch its first uniform Sunday school curriculum — one based on the idea that a foundation for transformative peace can begin with children. Krista Allen of...

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Pastor’s call brings Ohio church ‘sense of peace’

Inclusive stance extends to its choice of a pastor

Members of Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church laid their hands on Mark Rupp Sept. 21 as they installed him as pastor of Christian formation. “It hit me during that moment that rather than lots of individual hands...

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Central Plains minister nominated MC USA moderator-elect

Boshart is committee’s choice to serve denomination for 2015-17 biennium

NEWTON, Kan. — The Leadership Discernment Committee of Mennonite Church USA has announced David Boshart of Wellman, Iowa, as the nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA for the 2015-17 biennium. The...

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Bible can help us ‘learn to speak together again’

SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — A seminary dean spoke to Mennonite Church USA leaders on rethinking our relationships to each other and the Bible. “Might it be that the Bible is the one thing that can save us?” Jewel...

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Anabaptists: peaceful force for racial justice?

‘Hope for the Future’ participants envision an antiracist church growing in equality as well as diversity

HAMPTON, Va. — Participants in “Hope for the Future” gatherings are inspiring congregations to address diversity in their communities. “Hope for the Future” began in 2011 in response to the rapid growth...

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Goshen congregation leaves MC USA

At least 10 congregations have left Mennonite Church USA this year, many as a result of disagreements over LGBT inclusion. Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, in Goshen, Ind., recently added to that number by...

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On top of the World

Kratz savoring moment on baseball’s biggest stage

On July 28, Erik Kratz was scratched from the lineup of the Buffalo Bisons AAA minor-league baseball team. The Toronto Blue Jays had just traded the Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church member to the Kansas City...

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