Churches repudiate ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

Legal framework has legitimized seizure of land, violations of Indigenous rights

SAN FRANCISCO — Church leaders from across the U.S. and Canada strategized about engaging the Mennonite church in the ecumenical effort to dismantle the “Doctrine of Discovery” Aug. 21-22. First Mennonite...

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Church planters make friends, follow the Spirit

WICHITA, Kan. — Because Byron and Hilda Pellecer “followed the bubbles” of the Holy Spirit, Imelda Sama­ni­ego worships on her front lawn. On Tuesday evenings she joins a small group of adults and children...

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CAM Liberia staff take Ebola virus precautions

Most staff return to U.S. as outbreak spreads

An Ebola virus outbreak spreading through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone has prompted Christian Aid Ministries to significantly alter its presence in Liberia, where the death toll is rising most quickly. It is...

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Nothing new under the sun — or in the church press?

Cleaning out old files, I came upon one marked “Controversy in the Mennonite Press” with stuff in it dating back 40 years and more. One thought came to mind: “What goes around comes around.” Controversy in...

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Teaching English leads to deeper discussions in China

MMN English instructors see changes in students

Tao’s sheepish demeanor as he approached teacher Kelly McPhail revealed why he and his classmates were nervous about their English grades: They hadn’t been speaking much in class. To confront an authority...

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Beating the heat, youth connect with N.Y. congregation

MCC Summer Service participant leads activities for children at King of Glory

NEW YORK — On hot summer afternoons, Tiara Downer’s Summer Jam Cool Outs at King of Glory Tabernacle, a Mennonite Church USA congregation in the Bronx, gave neighborhood kids a chance to beat the heat and...

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Compassion for migrants

MCC funds projects in Central America, Arizona and Texas in response to the flow of migrants, which has slowed

In a year when the flow of Central American families to the U.S. border has made headlines, Mennonite Central Committee is responding broadly. MCC is meeting basic needs for those deported or detained, increasing...

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Large Ohio church leaves MC USA

Hartville Mennonite Church, one of the largest congregations in Mennonite Church USA’s Ohio Conference, voted Sept. 7 to leave the denomination. The motion passed with 95 percent support. Pastor Ross Miller said...

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First woman ordained as a pastor dies at 87

Emma Sommers Richards, the first woman ordained as a pastor in a U.S. Mennonite congregation, died Sept. 6 in Goshen, Ind. She was 87. Richards was ordained in 1973 by Illinois Mennonite Conference while serving as...

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Fresno Pacific calls former leader back

President Menjares resigns after serving two years; former President Kriegbaum returns

Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University President Pete C. Menjares resigned Sept. 11. Less than a week later, the FPU board of trustees appointed a former president to take his place. Menjares had served as president...

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Relief and relationship

MCC provides food, encourages understanding among people displaced by violence in South Sudan

About 70,000 of the more than 1.5 million South Sudanese displaced since December sought refuge at an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Awerial County, South Sudan. There they could find others who spoke the...

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Light in Albania

Convert from Islam runs a Christian school in formerly communist nation

Kelementina Shahini admits she didn’t know what she was getting into when she raised her hand at an evangelistic meeting. “My husband raised his,” she said, “and like a good Muslim wife I did the...

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