Bridge building the MDS way

May 26, 2014 by and

WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. — Forty feet isn’t a long walk, but it can be a difficult journey when the creek between your house and the road is running high and the bridge is out. Almost a year and a half after...

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Bethel rhyme celebrates commencement time

May 26, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College’s class of 2014 may be among the rare few who actually remember the commencement address. That’s for at least two reasons. It may have been the shortest ever, and it...

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Children returning to Manitoba Old Order community

May 26, 2014 by and

An Old Order Mennonite community in Manitoba has welcomed back half of its children who were removed by social workers in June 2013 due to abusive disciplinary practices. Adults were charged with assaulting...

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Rwandans head home with Congolese help

May 26, 2014 by and

BUKAVU, Congo — In spite of tense relationships between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring Rwanda, two Mennonite Central Committee partner organizations are working together to support the...

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French Connections

May 26, 2014 by and

Hilaire Louis Jean came home from the Democratic Republic of Congo admiring the Mennonites he met there. “I feel that the African Mennonites are more Mennonite than people in Mennonite churches in the...

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A piece of God inside us

May 23, 2014 by

As a child, I never understood the Holy Spirit. I could envision God and I could envision Jesus, but this part of the Trinity that “moved among us” was too ethereal for me to grasp. At best, I...

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Walking is for noticing

May 22, 2014 by

Walking is the fastest pace for noticing. Go out and have a good walk today, notice your neighborhood, enjoy its sounds and smells and sights. Anchor yourself and find where you belong. Refresh your spirit and...

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Vincent Harding: A light shines in the darkness

May 21, 2014 by

Dr. Vincent Harding, great keeper of the Southern Freedom Movement flame, died May 19th. He was 82 years old. A graduate student in history during the late 1950s, Harding took an integrated road trip through...

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The gospel of life

May 20, 2014 by

Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This is the heart of the gospel, and it’s the theme of John’s Gospel, repeated again and again. John 1:4, “What has...

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Los Angeles church contests foreclosure by Everence

May 19, 2014 by and

Facing foreclosure by Everence, a Nigerian Mennonite immigrant congregation in Inglewood, Calif., has asked Mennonite Church USA to help halt the sale of its building. In a May 6 open letter, the pastors of...

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‘Martyrs Mirror’ plate discovered

May 19, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — A long-lost copper plate made to illustrate the 1685 edition of Martyrs Mirror has been found. It is the 31st plate known to exist of the original 104 etched by Dutch artist Jan...

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Brethren rally to support kidnapped Nigerian girls

May 19, 2014 by and

As the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria entered the second month of a crisis involving hundreds of kidnapped girls, the U.S. Church of the Brethren continues to support its sister denomination with prayer,...

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15 women of peace

May 19, 2014 by

I recently received an email from Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo (Ont.) inviting me to attend an exhibit and concert commemorating the life and work of Bertha Von Suttner, the first woman...

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Limiting drone weapons proliferation

May 16, 2014 by

Sarah Kreps and Micah Zenko have written an important piece in the recent issue of Foreign Affairs warning of the dangers to the United States of drone weapons proliferation, and offering sensible proposals...

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If it weren’t for Jesus, I might be pro-death too

May 15, 2014 by

Southern Baptist leader Albert Mohler wrote a piece this week defending the death penalty. In his 1,200-word argument for why Christians should support the death penalty, he does not mention Jesus a single...

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Memories of Mennonite World Conference

May 15, 2014 by

On Jan. 18 2014 our sister Leonor Méndez rested in the peace of the Lord. This Latin American leader of Guatemala served on the Mennonite World Conference Executive Committee during the 1990s. In the...

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Simple faith

May 13, 2014 by

I remember as a child hearing people who would thank God for almost anything good that happened. If they remembered where they had misplaced their car keys, they would thank God. If the sun shone brightly for...

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Church plan still meets health needs

May 12, 2014 by and

Officials with Mennonite Church USA’s Corinthian Plan say even with the Affordable Care Act in place, there’s still value in the church having its own health insurance plan. “We want to encourage...

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Corinthian Plan directors transition

May 12, 2014 by , and

Keith Harder of Hillsboro, Kan., retired March 31 as director of the Corinthian Plan, Mennonite Church USA’s health coverage program. Duncan Smith of Beaverton, Ore., an area representative for the plan for...

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Seminary closes one chapter and begins another in Kansas

May 12, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will begin a stepped-down level of involvement in central Kansas this summer, continuing to offer some courses while exploring additional ways to...

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