MCC to replace its meat canning rig

A new rig for Mennonite Central Committee’s traveling meat canning operation will be coming together soon, mostly in Ephrata, Pa. MCC canning coordinator John Hillegass said nothing was specifically wrong with...

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MCC meets Gaza housing needs

16,000 families still lack adequate shelter after last summer’s destruction

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee, through longtime Gaza Strip partner Al Najd Development Forum, is addressing housing needs for families whose homes were destroyed or damaged in July and August as part...

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Women overflow praise seminar

Burkina Faso gathering is space to share struggles, faith

ORODARA, Burkina Faso — No room was big enough to hold the more than 225 women from the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso who gathered for a seminar Feb. 2-6 at Orodara Mennonite Bible School. By day,...

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Prayer by prayer, pastor walks across Ohio for Lent

Pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman has a bad back and bum knees from a scooter cycle accident. But that is not keeping him from walking 300 miles across Ohio during Lent. On his trek, which began March 23 near the small...

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Piecing together family ties

As a gift for mother, siblings track down relief sale quilt she worked on

My mom loves to sew. When she was only 8 or 9 she begged her mom to teach her to use the sewing machine. She sewed all her clothes while attending high school in Henderson, Neb. She even sewed her own wedding gown,...

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Opinion: Christ-centered unity is still possible

Jesus wants witnesses to him, not coercers of others

Mennonite Church USA faces the pivotal question of what unites us and what divides. The dominant issue in our time is acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the church. It’s a question of what constitutes the...

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EMU helps bring restorative justice to police department

It isn’t a get-off-easy approach to criminal justice

HARRISONBURG, Va. — If one particular young man in Harrisonburg had stolen from his employer a few months earlier, he might have found himself standing before a judge, facing a possible jail sentence. Thanks to a...

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Iowa pastor deported to Honduras

Central Plains Conference raises funds to support his family

Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro was deported March 20 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to San Pedro, Honduras. Co-pastor of Iglesia Menonita Torre Fuerte (First Mennonite Church) in Iowa City with his...

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Ohio Conference affirms Confession of Faith

Actions mandated on issues of credentialing and same-sex relationships

Mennonite Church USA’s Ohio Conference delegates passed a resolution on March 14 stating its credentialing committee will not recognize any request to credential a pastor in a same-sex relationship. Additionally,...

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Conservative Anabaptists reject fundamentalism

Speakers at conference on identity uphold tradition with humility

NAPPANEE, Ind. — Chester Weaver believes in fundamentals of Christianity such as the virgin birth, Christ’s bodily resurrection and the creation story. Fundamentalism, however, is another matter — and one at...

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AMBS on abuse: ‘We failed you’

Seminary apologizes for years of covering up abuse by theologian

ELKHART, Ind. — For 40 years, women who had been sexually violated by John Howard Yoder were left suffering in silence while the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor became one of the most influential...

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Jamaica pastor dies during annual assembly

The vice president of Jamaica Mennonite Church, Donavan Maitland, died of a heart attack March 8 at the church’s annual assembly, causing it to end early. Maitland, the pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church in...

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Syrian in Switzerland quilts for homeland

MUTTENZ, Switzerland — There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and colors...

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New York churches assist new immigrants

Garifuna congregations help families after a wave of arrivals from Honduras

NEW YORK — Mennonite Garifuna churches of New York City have been assisting numerous Garifuna immigrants who have arrived since June. To date, they have assisted about 140 families, helping them with food,...

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MWR Inc. donations rise; print declines

HESSTON, Kan. — Donors’ support and lower costs kept the Mennonite World Review Inc. budget balanced in 2014 as income increased and print circulation declined. At the nonprofit corporation’s annual meeting...

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MWR speaker: Politics needs Anabaptist voice

HESSTON, Kan. — A former Kansas budget director who served both Democrat and Republican governors says the question for Anabaptists is not “Should we be political?” but “How should we be...

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