Opinion: We are not alone

Gospel is on the move; let's open our eyes, join what's already happening

God is at work and the gos­­pel is alive in our cities, towns and communities. This is the message Marty Troyer shares in his new book, The Gospel Next Door, released by Herald Press. Troyer is the pastor of...

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Burkina Faso community defuses conflict with love

In a land that closely resembles the place Jesus lived, his words still prove true. The people of Sidi, Burkina Faso, plant their fields with the tools and methods described in the New Testament. They draw water...

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MC Canada Youth Assembly canceled due to low numbers

WINNIPEG, Man. — Mennonite Church Canada’s Youth Assembly has been canceled. The event was planned for 200 people, but only a handful could commit. It’s a disappointment that Kirsten Hamm-Epp and her team of...

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Congregations departing Lancaster Conference

Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregations desiring to maintain connections with Mennonite Church USA are beginning to withdraw from the conference. Pilgrims Mennonite Church in Akron, Pa., decided by consensus...

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Story of reconciliation with Lutherans is told

A new chapter may be added to the Anabaptist story at the Menno-Hof information center in Shipshewana, Ind., with the creation of an exhibit about reconciliation between Anabaptists and other Christian...

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MC USA board supports abuse panel, accepts resignation

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board affirmed recommendations from a sexual abuse prevention panel and accepted the resignation of board member Isaac Villegas during meetings June...

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Opinion: Pastor’s action wasn’t misconduct

Virginia Mennonite Conference has suspended the ministerial credentials of my pastor, Isaac Villegas of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, because he officiated at a same-sex wedding. Villegas is...

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Syrian refugees depend on MCC food

With the war in Syria entering its sixth year, it’s easy to get lost in the facts and figures: As many as 470,000 dead; 4.6 million refugees who have fled the country; 6.6 million displaced within it; 13.5...

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In Iraq’s war zone, aid workers trust God

Plain Compassion Crisis Response's young volunteers are willing to take risks as rebuilders, peacemakers

From her home in Franklin County, Pa., 18-year-old Rosa prepared last month to depart for the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq and remain there indefinitely. Sinjar is still considered a war zone. Kurds and their...

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Kenyans equipped for relations with Muslims

EMM team leads seminars in region where Muslim community is growing

Waiting for a taxi at a tea shop in Nairobi, Kenya, Jona­than Bornman asked a young Somali refugee if he had any prayer needs. The man replied, “I want to go to paradise.” Bornman responded, “I am a follower...

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Trump PAC reaches out to Amish voters

Will the bearded, the bonneted, the barn-building Amish vote for the clean-shaven, combed-over, casino-building Donald Trump? A new political action committee is betting $41,000 they will. Called Amish PAC, the new...

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MC USA board member resigns after same-sex wedding

A member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has resigned after officiating a same-sex wedding May 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended Isaac Villegas’ credentials on May 25,...

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Brethren in Christ in Cuba grow as restrictions relax

Anabaptism is on the rise in Cuba. A Breth­ren in Christ presence is growing among a people who in recent years are experiencing newfound freedoms. Constain Carrillo, BIC U.S. regional coordinator for the...

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Chaplain redirects some tax dollars to pay for peace

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has redirected a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program at Eastern Mennonite...

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Group steps up an effort to discredit oppressive doctrine

Coalition works to counter a centuries-old worldview that upholds the domination of indigenous people

ELKHART, Ind. — A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. The DoD is a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian governments”...

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Hesston College appoints interim president

Former Bluffton leader to serve for at least a semester

HESSTON, Kan. — Benjamin E. Sprunger will serve as interim president of Hesston College starting Aug. 1. A longtime higher education faculty member and administrator, Sprunger has been active in leadership of...

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