Sunday school materials connect vets, peace churches

Developers of a new Sunday school curriculum say it goes down a seldom-walked path — where pacifists accompany veterans toward peace. “Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together” was created...

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Anabaptist museum plans for Swiss castle progressing

Swiss planning team expands funding options

Plans to turn a Swiss fortress that imprisoned Anabaptists into a museum are still moving forward, despite a sluggish start to fundraising. A projected 3.3 million francs are needed to make Trachselwald castle...

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Christmas with drug users

Trained in peacemaking by MCC, a Nigerian woman mothered young men who congregated near her house to do drugs — and helped them turn their lives around

JOS, Nigeria — Margaret Ahmed’s house in Jos was a few hundred yards from a former cotton-ginning warehouse where as many as 100 Christian and Muslim young men went to hang out and use drugs. She feared for the...

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Seminary announces service to acknowledge harm from John Howard Yoder actions

ELKHART, Ind. — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is taking steps to acknowledge responsibility for the harm inflicted by theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual exploitation of women and for seminary...

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MVS to close almost half its units

Due to a declining number of participants, Mennonite Voluntary Service is closing about half of its units. Starting in August, MVS will offer 11 community service options. To provide more meaningful service...

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Goshen gives thanks for nearly $2 million gift

Donation will primarily support nursing scholarships

GOSHEN, Ind. — Milo Albrecht, 93, only attended Goshen College for three semesters, but his nearly $2 million gift will give many students the opportunity to stay longer. A regular donor to Goshen College, last...

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Christmas has nothing to hide

Why did the divine plan to heal the world have to cause such a scandal?

I love the music and colors and hope of Christmas. But I’m trying to be honest about how messy and disturbing it is, too. The messiest part is embedded in the heart of the story. Let’s name it for what it is:...

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Faith shines amid Central America’s violence, poverty

EMM leaders visit growing Central American churches

Churches in Honduras and Guatemala are growing and thriving even in challenging contexts of violence and poverty, Eastern Mennonite Missions leaders observed Sept. 20-27. At Project MAMA, a community development...

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Burkina Faso thankful as peace returns

People of West African nation have new hope after government is overthrown

Mennonite leaders in Burkina Faso are thanking God that peace returned quickly after violence led the West African nation’s president to resign. On Oct. 30, protestors marched on the presidential palace and...

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Bluffton professor: Ferguson was years in the making

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., hasn’t surprised Walter Paquin, a Bluffton University faculty member. “This is an event 20-plus years in the making,” the...

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Dutch drop-in center a living room for the community

MCC-supported facility provides a place to connect

ALMERE, Netherlands — Hans Blanken first visited the drop-in center in his neighborhood because he didn’t want to be rude. He had avoided Inloophuis de Ruimte because he didn’t understand what it was, and...

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MDS volunteers shovel out New York neighbors

More than 300 help save roofs, clear huge snowdrifts

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers often describe their service as being the hands and feet of Jesus. In late November those hands — and backs — were working hard, shoveling the historic snowfall in New...

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