Tabor alum is first Bluejay to make MLB roster

Jacob Webb becoming key part of Atlanta Braves bullpen

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Former Tabor College baseball player Jacob Webb has realized his dream: pitching in the major leagues. Webb was called up to the Atlanta Braves in April, becoming the first Tabor pitcher to make...

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MC USA adjusting to smaller convention crowds

While it is too soon to know how big a financial hit Mennonite Church USA’s convention took due to lower registration in July, denominational leaders are adjusting to the reality of smaller conventions. Fourteen...

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College in Tanzania brings fresh water to its neighbors

Once on the brink of closure, theological school gains access to water, new funding possibilities

Shouting, singing and celebration resounded throughout the village of Nyabange, Tanzania, as water flowed into tanks from Lake Victoria, which is just to the north of the Mennonite Theological College of East...

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Central District aspires to follow where God leads

Speakers call for vulnerability and joy; three congregations welcomed

MILWAUKEE — Sunlight streamed through stained glass windows as participants gathered at Milwaukee Mennonite Church for the annual meeting of Mennonite Church USA’s Central District Conference June 20-22. The...

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MBs around the world: ‘God is moving among us’

Global community holds annual summit in Mexico

Delegates from 21 Mennonite Brethren national conferences reported challenges and joys at the International Community of Mennonite Brethren annual summit May 29-June 2 in Guadalajara, Mexico. “It was obvious that...

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Restructured MC Canada gathers for first time

Simplified organization reports financial surplus; guest speaker sees new Reformation emerging

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — “Sing a new church into being,” sang the 300-plus people who gathered for the first nationwide meeting of Mennonite Church Canada since its restructuring in 2017. Behind the blended voices...

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School gets new name — and a mascot

Iowa Mennonite School becomes Hillcrest Academy

In an effort to attract more students who do not identify as Mennonite or Anabaptist, Iowa Mennonite School is confronting a shrinking enrollment by changing its name. The school announced on July 30 it is changing...

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God Speaks Potawatomi

Trail of Death pilgrimage traces path of forced removal from Indiana to Kansas in 1838

On Pentecost Sunday, God’s words in the Potawatomi language, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters will prophesy,” anointed the day’s journey for 19 Trail of Death...

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Filmmaker returns to Kansas for short film about guns

Anabaptist influences abound in film about faith, firearms and family

Concerned about gun violence in her Chicago neighborhood and a breakdown in public discourse on a national level, Emily Railsback did what any filmmaker would do. She went to Hillsboro, Kan., to make a...

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From Zimbabwe to the world

Brethren in Christ members celebrate African heritage and vision for mission

HESSTON, Kan. — The growth of early shares in companies like Microsoft and Apple pales in comparison to Jacob E. Stauffer’s 1894 investment in Brethren in Christ missions. His $5 gift at a general conference in...

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Back to school in Arizona

Hopi ministry makes new start after embezzlement

After two years locked up and dormant, the former Hopi Mission School in Kykots­movi, Ariz., is again serving students. Now known as Peace Academic Center, the facility has a few finishing touches to go before it...

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Peacebuilders form network, make comforters

Dutch host second global peace conference and festival

ELSPEET, The Netherlands —More than 200 peacebuilders launched a Global Anabaptist Peace Network at the second Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival June 27-30 at Mennorode retreat center. Rooted...

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Peace gathering builds partnerships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Boone, Mennonite Mission Network minister for peace and justice, believes 21st-century peacemaking is not about leaders setting the agenda. Rather, it’s about people in the trenches of...

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Offering sanctuary, churches put words into practice

Congregations have already acted on convention’s call for solidarity with migrants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As delegates passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants” at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 6 (page 11), congregations and organizations shared ways they offer...

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Former Haiti worker pleads not guilty to Ohio charges

Jeriah Mast, a former worker with the Anabaptist relief agency Christian Aid Minis­tries, pleaded not guilty to charges related to sexual abuse at his July 3 arraignment in Holmes County Common Pleas Court in...

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Seminars get political with calls to care for others

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While some may avoid politics at a family reunion, several pastors faced the issue directly on the Fourth of July at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Many preachers are called to speak...

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