Generous love amid war in Democratic Republic of Congo

KIKWIT, Democratic Republic of Congo — Loving the generous people of the Democratic Republic of Congo is not difficult, but evil happening in the rural Kasaï region of that lush country is hard to comprehend. In...

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President inaugurated in ‘distinctively Goshen’ event

Rebecca Stoltzfus assumes role as Goshen College's 18th president

GOSHEN, Ind. — In a celebratory ceremony around the theme of “Distinctively Goshen,” Rebecca Stoltzfus was inaugurated as Goshen College’s 18th president Feb. 17 in Sauder Concert Hall. The event — filled...

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Sister Care offers healing touch in Cuba

Two years after Sister Care seminars were first presented in Cuba, two American women returned Jan. 25-Feb. 1 to find the program’s impact has multiplied. Carolyn Heggen, a psychotherapist specializing in trauma...

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For Old Colonists, education without assimilation?

Wendy Crocker calls herself an “edgewalker” on the border between two cultures. As a principal in two Ontario elementary schools, she developed a passion for understanding the children from Old Colony Mennonite...

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Anabaptist by the original definition

MC USA's next director went from Air Force captain to peace church leader

The next executive director of Mennonite Church USA calls himself a “traditional Anabaptist,” having been rebaptized at Calvary Community Church, a Mennonite congregation in Hampton, Va. He’s also a convert...

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After hurricane, a reblossoming in Puerto Rico

MDS helps churches rebuild, starting with members' homes

CAYEY, Puerto Rico — Despite the pummeling received from Hurricane Maria in September, Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation is blooming early this year, pushing out blossoms and leaves on trees amputated of major...

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Dutch navigate shrinking numbers, more outreach

Faced with steadily declining membership, Dutch Mennonites are streamlining their structure and working to build their identity as Anabaptist Christians in a thoroughly secular society. A 2016 document by general...

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Indiana congregation puts faith in house of hope

GOSHEN, Ind. — Members of Faith Mennonite Church wondered if God was calling them to expand their ministry of hospitality. They’ve found their answer next door. On Dec. 7, 2016, a number of people met at the...

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Ohio nursing home resident dies of hypothermia

The death of a 76-year-old resident of a Mennonite-run nursing home prompted an investigation by the Ohio Department of Health. Phyllis Campbell was found dead Jan. 7 in the courtyard of Hilty Home in Pandora,...

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Opinion: A call for dignity and civility

We were reminded this past week about how labels and degrading words can and do bring intense pain to people. Our president made some very egregious and degrading comments about particular countries. People from...

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Curriculum to meet changing needs in faith formation

Kansans form a nonprofit to offer resources online that are Anabaptist, accessible

When Carol Duerksen heard Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman perform “Detectives of Divinity” in April, she thought it would make a good theme for children’s Sunday school material. Duerksen...

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Trauma healing helps Nigerians address pain, loss

CHIBOK, Nigeria — Cradling a faded school picture of her daughter, Kolo Adamu sat on the front porch of the Church of the Brethren meetinghouse. She recalled the months after the teen was abducted by Boko Haram,...

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Bus carrying Kansas youth groups crashes on return from Rocky Mountain snow camp

A bus carrying three south-central Kansas youth groups returning from Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp junior high snow camp crashed Jan. 21 just outside Stratton, Colo. Passengers experienced bumps and bruises, but...

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Subversive singers use hymns as protest

Californians harmonize to confront injustice

After weeks of planning and selecting their targets, members of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco entered the bank and handed staff a note with their demands. What happened wasn’t a heist but a hymn...

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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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