Global MB delegates build trust, use authority

ICOMB discusses 'global elders,' reappoints director

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Representatives from 21 national Mennonite Brethren conferences from around the globe met for the International Community of Mennonite Brethren annual summit July 26-29 at Messiah...

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Opinion: The stake in federal aid

Mennonite colleges depend on government money, for better or worse

The Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage may have placed many Christian colleges on a collision course with their largest funding partner — the U.S. government. Already facing significant financial...

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Lasting ties in western Europe

MCC relief after WW II built lifelong relationships

ENKENBACH, Germany — At the age of 85, Artur Regier vividly remembers the night he fled his family’s West Prussian farm. It was 1945, and he was 15 years old. With gunfire from the Russian army less than two...

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Evana Network covenant describes what’s expected

Pastors and members of the leadership board of congregations that join Evana Network, a new evangelical Anabaptist group, will need to sign its “personal covenant.” Individuals can also join by signing the...

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Oasis refreshes ministry

Couple measure their church’s success by relationships and ‘ripples’

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In March, Tom and Carolyn Albright got a phone call from the police. A member of their church had been sleeping in a garbage dumpster and was crushed by a compactor early one morning. He died...

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MWC announces commission leadership changes

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In meetings prior to the July 21-26 assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., Mennonite World Conference announced changes in the leadership of three of its commissions. Joji Pantoja was appointed chair of...

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Ontario business closes after workers vote to unionize

Citing Mennonite teachings against involvement with unions, the owner of an Ontario woodworking business has ceased operations after a majority of employees voted to unionize. Leon Gingrich, president of Gingrich...

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Streams in the desert

Mountain States Conference gathers at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico

ABIQUIU, N.M. — Amid redstone cliffs and piñon forests, the annual assembly of Mennonite Church USA’s Mountain States Mennonite Conference Aug. 7-9 at Ghost Ranch had twice as many registrants as...

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Colleges’ decisions shake up their peers

Nondiscrimination policy changes at Goshen, EMU are a first for Christian council

Decisions by two Mennonite Church USA colleges to expand their nondiscrimination policies to include employees in same-sex marriages have caused a stir in Christian higher education. Eastern Mennonite University in...

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Could Princeton’s Farminary change the culture of theological education?

PRINCETON, N.J. — Eight years ago, Nathan Stucky left a Kansas farm to study youth ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. At the time, he never imagined he would become Dr. Nathan Stucky. Even more...

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MCC worker returns to Germany 60 years after service

Anne Buller returns for anniversary of center she founded but didn’t know still existed

Anne Buller of Bluff­ton, Ohio, returned this summer to her old neighborhood in Germany to celebrate a ministry she started 66 years ago but only recently learned was still operating. Buller and her late husband,...

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Brethren show solidarity with church in Nigeria

TAMPA, Fla. — Delegates at the Church of the Brethren’s annual conference received an update about deadly challenges facing the denomination’s sister church in Nigeria. Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN,...

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MDS staff visit site of church burning in North Carolina

A Mennonite Disaster Service staff member and the MDS Region I director visited Briar Creek Road Baptist Church near Charlotte, N.C., July 29 to assess the needs for support in rebuilding a burned building on the...

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Opinion: Surge of momentum halted

Supporters of Israel divestment say MC USA’s two-year delay is two years too long

Last month, Mennonite Church USA convention delegates delayed voting for two years on a resolution proposed by the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network calling for “withdrawing investments from corporations known...

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Kansas City church offers building, resources for Freedom School

Congregation opens doors to summer enrichment program for children

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s hard for Rachel Hostetler to pick a favorite story from her seven years with Freedom School, a six-­week, full-­day summer enrichment program held at Rainbow Mennonite Church. She...

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Educators gather for global conference

LANSDALE, Pa. — Anabaptist educators and leaders from 13 countries have formed a network. The group met before the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Pennsylvania. Under the theme, “Like a Tree Planted:...

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