Brethren in Christ in Cuba grow as restrictions relax

Anabaptism is on the rise in Cuba. A Breth­ren in Christ presence is growing among a people who in recent years are experiencing newfound freedoms. Constain Carrillo, BIC U.S. regional coordinator for the...

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Chaplain redirects some tax dollars to pay for peace

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has redirected a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program at Eastern Mennonite...

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Group steps up an effort to discredit oppressive doctrine

Coalition works to counter a centuries-old worldview that upholds the domination of indigenous people

ELKHART, Ind. — A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. The DoD is a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian governments”...

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Hesston College appoints interim president

Former Bluffton leader to serve for at least a semester

HESSTON, Kan. — Benjamin E. Sprunger will serve as interim president of Hesston College starting Aug. 1. A longtime higher education faculty member and administrator, Sprunger has been active in leadership of...

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Opinion: Which of Jesus’ commands are we neglecting?

Suppose you were to ask a Mennonite, “What does Jesus command his followers to do?” Ironically, one common response would come from the Old Testament, or at least Jesus quoting the Old Testament: Love God with...

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Brethren in Christ propose changing MWC’s name

Mennonite World Conference is considering a request to change its name to something more inclusive of its diverse members. César García, MWC general secretary, said leaders of the Brethren in Christ Church in the...

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Lancaster churches explore options

Choices include joining Atlantic Coast Conference, forming new MC USA group

More than a dozen Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregations are beginning to narrow down ways they might continue relating to Mennonite Church USA. Options include forming a new MC USA conference or departing...

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Reba Place chooses ‘third way’ on sexuality

Reba Place Fellowship has found it is possible to remain united despite differing views on same-sex marriage. Taking “a third-way approach,” the Evanston, Ill., group has opened its long-term covenant...

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Healing ministry in ‘battle zone’ of abuse

Ohio congregation opens safe house, hopes to break culture of silence in ‘closed communities’

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — Physical and sexual abuse in the Amish-Mennonite community weighs heavily on Larry and Kendra Kaufman, pastoral couple at Grace Mennonite Church. Just this year in their community, the issue...

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Opinion: Is Christ the Lord of our politics?

3 principles of political action: biblical agenda, passion for truth, commitment to civility

This year’s U.S. presidential election may be the most important in my lifetime. Let me be clear: Politics is not the most important thing in life. Being the church, living out day by day what it means to be a...

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Organizations respond to Ecuador earthquake

Local Mennonites and mission agencies responded after a powerful earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Ecuador April 16, followed by a second quake four days later. At least 570 people were killed, and more than...

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Show traces family roots to story of Amish faithfulness

MC USA leader appears on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

On many Sundays, Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, can be found preaching or speaking at Mennonite churches, meetings, conventions or other gatherings. But on a Sunday evening in April,...

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Evana envisions stronger evangelical Anabaptist voice

With 17 members, network is taking shape

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Leaders of the emerging Evana Network want to help their congregations speak up. “We’ve heard this perception of [Anabaptists as] the quiet in the land, struggling how to know how to...

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Just-war theory appraised

Challenging tradition, Catholics critique a principle that has justified war more often than prevented it

A first-of-its-kind conference April 11-13 in Rome gathered Catholic educators and activists around the idea of moving beyond just-war theory to a greater emphasis on proactive peacemaking and Jesus’...

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Hmong in Thailand make an Anabaptist relationship official

The Mennonite family can now add Hmong to the growing number of ethnic groups embracing Anabaptism in Asia. A group of Hmong churches in Thailand and Mennonite Church USA have agreed to make official a relationship...

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Franklin Conference votes to leave Mennonite Church USA

Franklin Mennonite Conference is leaving Mennonite Church USA, the third conference in nine months to announce a withdrawal. At their annual spring meeting April 18 at Marion Mennonite Church in Chambersburg, Pa.,...

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