Southeast Conference withdraws

Regional group is 4th to leave Mennonite Church USA

After a three-year discernment process, delegates of Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA have voted to leave the denomination. Southeast’s Leadership Board brought the proposal to the...

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New Bethel president seeks harvest of learning

Agrarian metaphors punctuate inauguration

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Bethel College community celebrated the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering as the college’s 15th president on Oct. 7 during Fall Festival. The wheat design on the program and the...

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Bipolar research studies Mennonite genetics

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “The Mennonite game” — tracing the genealogy of a new acquaintance to find a common ancestor — might be a fun pastime for people with Mennonite backgrounds, but such a relatively...

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Ex-members of ultra-traditional groups share stories

Former Jewish, Muslim counterparts join Old Order Amish conference participants

LANCASTER, Pa. — Leaving a highly traditional religious community can exact a high price, but for many participants in a recent conference, the costs of remaining were even higher. Although most of the stories...

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U.S. college, seminary enrollment mostly down

Bright spots are few as U.S. Mennonite higher education institutions report shrinking enrollment numbers this fall. Though overall student totals are up at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elk­hart, Ind.,...

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Swiss project highlights reconciliation in Bern

'Stations' on Anabaptist history the product of improving relationships

A decade ago in Switzerland, a process of reconciliation emerged among Anabaptists and contemporary representatives of the government that oppressed them during the Reformation. To make that reconciliation visible,...

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Allegheny, Central District set aside idea of merger

While Central District Conference has broadened its geographical reach, its long-distance relationship with Allegheny Mennonite Conference will not result in a merger for now. Allegheny Conference Minister David...

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Statement calls for wider welcome while affirming traditional teaching on sexuality

A group of pastors and leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference is inviting other pastors and leaders in Mennonite Church USA to sign a statement meant to bridge the gap between traditional and progressive views on...

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Political group seeks Amish vote

Ad warns of 'mortal danger' to 'our way of life,' urges voting Republican

A political action committee working in Lancaster, Pa., believes more can be done to mobilize Amish people to vote for Republican candidates this fall, though the traditionally nonvoting group continues to be a...

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Relief workers respond to east coast hurricane

Mennonite groups are beginning the process of responding to Hurricane Florence’s devastation along the Atlantic coastline. The Category 4 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, but weakened and was...

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Opinion: Late for the 500th birthday party

A new direction and a different interpretation are mother’s milk to the historian. At times this is helpful. At other times, not so much. Anabaptism, defined from its inception by its enemies, more recently came...

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From persecution to education in Ethiopia

Rejected by her family, Ethiopian found joy in learning, which she now shares with others

Tigist Alamirew says she has “escaped many deaths” in her journey with Christ. Born to an Orthodox family, she now directs distance education at Meserete Kristos College, the Anabaptist school in Debre Zeit,...

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Japanese endorse shared beliefs

MWC document proves an effective tool for learning

SAPPORO, Japan — A quiz on global Christianity and Anabaptism prepared Japanese Mennonites to talk about beliefs Anabaptists around the world share. The discussion was part of the annual Peace Missions Center...

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Immigrants find refuge in Texas congregations

DALLAS and HOUSTON — When her extended family lost their business in Guatemala because of gang extortion, Bony traveled across Mexico to the Rio Grande River with her 3-year-old daughter, Mily. To evade U.S....

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Mennonites caught up in massive immigration raid

Members of Mennonite churches were among more than a hundred workers arrested in August in what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls one of its biggest operations in the last decade. Die Mennonitische...

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Curiosity about Anabaptists creates teachable moments

Menno-Hof celebrates 30 years of telling story of faith, receives millionth visitor

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — People who come to northern Indiana with curiosity about the Amish and Mennonites often find their way to an Amish-country attraction that teaches them about Anabaptism. About 260 people from...

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