Youth hear of seeking Jesus in tragedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michele Hershberger channeled Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday evening address to 2,300 youth attending Mennonite Church USA’s convention. First, the Hesston College...

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Hopi Mission School problems prompt restructuring plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has informed the Hopi Mission School board, administration and staff that the organization does not have permission to use the Mennonite property the...

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Delegates oppose drone warfare, debate Israel divestment

Update: Delegate session leaders announced July 2 that the motion to table the Israel-Palestine divestment resolution for two years passed by a vote of 418 to 336, or 55 percent support. KANSAS CITY, Mo. —...

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At MC USA convention, 4,500 challenged to speak up

Armster invites worshipers to join Jesus’ movement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA convention participants were invited to join a movement not for the comfortable or satisfied at the event’s opening worship service June 30 at the Kansas City Convention...

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Deported Iowa pastor holds on to hope

Central Plains Conference recognizes Villatoro family’s peacemaking witness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Father’s Day was set to be difficult for the Villatoro family. Father and children, husband and wife were separated by thousands of miles and a 10-year ban on re-entry to the United States....

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Survivors, advocates form a chapter of anti-abuse network

Group with Catholic roots now serves people from various faith communities

Twelve survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have formed an Anabaptist-Mennonite chapter of an organization that “protects the vulnerable, heals the wounded and exposes the truth.” Leaders of the group,...

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6,500 are registered for global assembly

Getting visas, one of biggest challenges, has gone better than expected, with about two-thirds approved

Mennonite World Conference assembly planners are putting final details in place for the July 21-26 event, which will draw more than 6,500 Anabaptists to Harrisburg, Pa. “We are very excited with how the program...

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Asian Anabaptists celebrated

Speakers at Lancaster event represent Indonesia, India and Vietnam

LANCASTER, Pa. — Members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches met at Mellinger Mennonite Church June 1 to celebrate the history and growth of Anabaptist communities in Asia through music, food and...

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Former NFL player at the center of feeding others

Summer Peacebuilding Institute hosts former St. Louis Ram at EMU luncheon

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about...

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Peacebuilder missing, feared murdered

An Indigenous tribal representative opposing corporate logging on ancestral land in the Philippines was murdered April 30, according to his fellow tribesmen. Prior to his disappearance on that date, John Calaba...

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MC USA collecting funds for two projects

Mennonite Church USA will collect donations at its convention in Kansas City for funds to compensate victims of sexual abuse by church leaders and to support leadership education among racial-ethnic groups. People...

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Filmmaker envisions documentary on Mennonites

A Mennonite filmmaker has announced plans for a documentary that he hopes will be the highest-profile production ever focused on Mennonites. Buller Films and the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society at...

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Manitoba church puts MC Canada affiliation ‘on hold’

Winkler (Man.) Bergthaler Mennonite Church is considering leaving Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada after seeing acceptance of same-sex unions in the denomination. Canadian Mennonite reports...

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Despite own trauma, Nepalis help others after quakes

Anabaptist fellowships reach out to communities in areas where they have planted churches

Binay Church Council, a group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships, is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May earthquakes in Nepal with a goal of assisting 2,000 families. “These earthquakes hit in...

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Mideast peace work grows

MCC expands projects with regional partners to prevent future violence

A grant from the Canadian government will allow Mennonite Central Committee to enhance its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The grant is worth $500,000, or $402,150 in U.S. funds. In Iraq, MCC will...

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EMM worker finds his heart among Karen people

After serving eight months in Africa, volunteer discovers his calling in Lancaster immigrant community

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply impacted by his recent service among and ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, living in...

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