Friends rally for deported pastor, immigration reform

Group plans to attend Iowa Caucus events and ask about candidates’ positions on immigration

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An advocacy group to support a Mennonite pastor deported in March has been formed. “Friends of Pastor Max” supports Max Villatoro, co-pastor with his wife of Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...

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Young adults seek to impact the world by sharing gifts

At Global Youth Summit, hundreds from around the world learn and fellowship

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit concluded July 19 with a strong desire to impact the world by sharing young adults’ gifts. Under the theme “Called to Share: My Gifts, Our...

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‘MB Herald’ gets a reprieve

The shutdown of Mennonite Brethren Herald has been put on hold, but it is unclear what the future holds for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches’ denominational magazine. CCMBC leadership...

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MWC General Council fosters interdependence

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In four days of meetings just prior to the July 21-26 Mennonite World Conference assembly, the General Council took additional steps in the journey toward interdependence in the global...

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Women share stories of ordination and peacebuilding

Three workshops facilitate conversations among women

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anabaptist women discussed the dynamics of gender and theological identities in a variety of workshops at the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Marlene Epp said the Anabaptist peace position...

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700 teenagers add youthful vibe to assembly

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Megan Breidigan may be only 16, but she’s already figured out there’s nothing quite like a Mennonite World Conference assembly. The Douglasville high school student said it is different from...

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North Central Conference to withdraw from MC USA

North Central Conference of Mennonite Church USA will begin a yearlong process of withdrawing its membership from the denomination. A motion was passed by the NCC’s 10 congregations with strong consensus at its...

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Central District licenses Ohio pastor in same-sex relationship

Central District Conference licensed Mark Rupp for ministry at Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church on July 26. Rupp is the second Mennonite Church USA pastor in a committed same-sex partnership to be...

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Walking with God and each other at global assembly

7,500 Anabaptists share joys, burdens

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In his Friendship Group at the Mennonite World Conference assembly, Francis Ojwang found that getting to know fellow believers from distant places brought an unexpected blessing. The Kenyan...

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Lancaster Conference leaders propose withdrawal from MC USA

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Leadership of Lancaster Mennonite Conference unanimously recommended withdrawing from Mennonite Church USA “to best strengthen LMC’s shared future in God’s missional calling,” less than...

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How to celebrate 500 years

2025 will mark half millennium of Anabaptism

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference held its first assembly in 1925, which was the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Anabaptist movement. With the 500th anniversary only 10 years away, many...

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Confession and forgiveness part of loving your neighbor

HARRISBURG, Pa. — “We are here today, celebrating our common Anabaptist faith and our position in the Lord Jesus Christ,” was the greeting from Shantkumar S. Kunjam of India who took the platform in the July...

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Assembly called to wrestle with community, autonomy

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Each person is never alone. They must live in community. Yet each also craves independence and autonomy. Citing Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32, Wieteke van der Molen told Mennonite World...

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Peace workers imagine a global network

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite peace workers from around the world huddled in a tent July 24 at the Mennonite World Conference assembly to dream of a global Anabaptist peace network. Though many advocated for...

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Historians address Nazi influence on Mennonites at MWC assembly

HARRISBURG, Pa. — An influential chapter of 20th-century German Mennonite history that has been predominantly either romanticized or glossed over received significant attention in back-to-back workshops by...

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Ecumenical relations mark MWC meetings

HARRISBURG, Pa. — During both morning and evening worship sessions on July 22 and 23 at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, representatives from various Christian communions brought greetings...

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