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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Legacy of a South American Mennonite state

Settlers’ colonialism still shapes German-speaking communities of Paraguay

EBENFELD, Paraguay — Rain woke me in the night. The roar on the tin roof drowned out the frogs, if any were still singing. Only the thrashing of palms cut across the downpour. In the morning I learned that...

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Candidate of choice for EMU president announced

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s Presidential Search Committee announced Susan Schultz Huxman as its candidate of choice to be EMU’s ninth president at an April 13 all-campus meeting. Huxman...

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For Amish, long trip to chiropractor can be fun

CANISTOTA, S.D. — It’s a common site in Old Order Amish communities: blue dresses, black pants and white socks on a clothesline billowing in a brisk, early spring wind. But this clothesline and its contents...

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Panel calls sexual abuse a ‘cancer’ in the church

Congregations urged to fulfill legal duty to report

Calling sexualized violence a “cancer within the church that we need to expose,” the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention released a statement March 30 urging congregations to “bring to light...

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Deported pastor’s supporters press for his return

Central Plains Conference delegation speaks with officials in Washington

Advocates for deported Iowa Pastor Max Villatoro were hopeful after meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., March 20-21, the one-year anniversary of his deportation. When he was deported on March 20, 2015,...

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In a thrifty trend, Virginia MCC store expands

The Mennonite Central Committee thrift shop in Harrisonburg, Va., is doing so much business it is investing in a $3.8 million expansion. Deb King is general manager of Gift and Thrift Shop Inc., an organization...

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Bluffton lecturer challenges racism in the church

Keeney Peace Lecture focuses on white-dominant culture's influence on faith

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Author, blogger, activist and professor Drew G.I. Hart presented the Keeney Peace Lecture, “What Has Shalom to Do with White Dominant Culture?,” during Forum March 29 at Bluffton...

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Hesston shooting victim recovering

Excel employee was shot four times — twice in chest

Adam Miller was back at work March 10 at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan. It was the first day the lawnmower plant was operating after four people died and more than a dozen were injured in a Feb. 25...

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Solicitation charge dismissed against former EMU VP

Church knew of alleged 'abusive relationship'

A judge dismissed a charge of solicitation of prostitution against former Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman on March 29, roughly a week after a Harrisonburg, Va.,...

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Opinion: Coercive economic actions are ineffective in Israel/Palestine conflict

I share the longing of many others in the Mennonite church for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and I grieve the suffering of Palestinian people. But I have reservations about the...

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Christ at the Checkpoint Conference emphasizes peace

At Bethlehem event on the gospel and religious extremism, Palestinian Christians seek peace, not revenge

Bethlehem, West Bank — More than 30 Mennonites and Brethren in Christ from North America encountered kindred spirits March 7-10 at the fourth biennial Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, hosted by Bethlehem...

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$2 million lawsuit filed in Manitoba sex-abuse case

A Winnipeg, Man., woman who was sexually assaulted by a Mennonite Brethren youth pastor in 1996 has filed a $2 million lawsuit alleging his church fostered a climate that aided in the abuse of children. The...

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Sexual abuse among plain groups’ concerns

Anabaptist Identity Conference addresses topics from stewardship of the land to role of Israel

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — If plain communities don’t deal with sexual abuse among them, the state will step in to deal with the problem, and some freedoms may be lost. That was Chester Weaver’s sober message to...

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