Iowa pastor deported to Honduras

Central Plains Conference raises funds to support his family

Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro was deported March 20 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to San Pedro, Honduras. Co-pastor of Iglesia Menonita Torre Fuerte (First Mennonite Church) in Iowa City with his...

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Ohio Conference affirms Confession of Faith

Actions mandated on issues of credentialing and same-sex relationships

Mennonite Church USA’s Ohio Conference delegates passed a resolution on March 14 stating its credentialing committee will not recognize any request to credential a pastor in a same-sex relationship. Additionally,...

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AMBS on abuse: ‘We failed you’

Seminary apologizes for years of covering up abuse by theologian

ELKHART, Ind. — For 40 years, women who had been sexually violated by John Howard Yoder were left suffering in silence while the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor became one of the most influential...

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Jamaica pastor dies during annual assembly

The vice president of Jamaica Mennonite Church, Donavan Maitland, died of a heart attack March 8 at the church’s annual assembly, causing it to end early. Maitland, the pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church in...

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Syrian in Switzerland quilts for homeland

MUTTENZ, Switzerland — There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and colors...

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New York churches assist new immigrants

Garifuna congregations help families after a wave of arrivals from Honduras

NEW YORK — Mennonite Garifuna churches of New York City have been assisting numerous Garifuna immigrants who have arrived since June. To date, they have assisted about 140 families, helping them with food,...

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MWR Inc. donations rise; print declines

HESSTON, Kan. — Donors’ support and lower costs kept the Mennonite World Review Inc. budget balanced in 2014 as income increased and print circulation declined. At the nonprofit corporation’s annual meeting...

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MWR speaker: Politics needs Anabaptist voice

HESSTON, Kan. — A former Kansas budget director who served both Democrat and Republican governors says the question for Anabaptists is not “Should we be political?” but “How should we be...

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Network spreads ‘healthy infection’ in Venezuela

Colombians, Central Plains Conference support ministries that offer Christ-centered biblical teaching

An ecumenical group of church leaders in Venezuela — led by a Mennonite, Erwin Mirabal — describes its educational mission with a metaphor of the gospel of Jesus as a healthy infection. They say they are...

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Opinion: Our real ‘sin problem’

This is the meaning of salvation we must recover: Jesus rescues us from false concepts of reality that hold us captive

When people in the church talk about sin, they often add a highly theological meaning: Our sins are an offense that separates us from God. This relational rupture is said to be the crucial reason we need a Savior....

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Farming volunteer program joins Quakers, Mennonites

Participants will explore agriculture through faith lens on Pennsylvania farm

Peace Farm, a new voluntary service program born out of a collaborative effort between Quakers and Mennonites in Bally, Pa., is preparing for its inaugural season, beginning in May. The venture brings together the...

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Iowa pastor detained, faces deportation to Honduras

Mennonite Church USA officials are requesting support for the Honduran pastor of a Mennonite church in Iowa City facing deportation after being arrested by immigration agents March 3. Max Villatoro, pastor of...

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After 10 years, Allegheny reinstates Hyattsville church

Three congregations leave the conference

In a 72-70 vote on March 7, Mennonite Church USA’s Allegheny Mennonite Conference reinstated Hyattsville (Md.) Mennonite Church as a full, voting member. The congregation, which takes an affirming stance toward...

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Paralysis moves group to help

Fresno men take turns caring for brother in Christ

LeRoy Goossen of Fresno, Calif., marked 20 years of paralysis Jan. 5. But thanks to a brotherhood of volunteers that traces its origin to his Mennonite Brethren church, it is rare for a weekday to go by without...

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Oregon school, conference facing $5.5 million lawsuit

Former teacher pleaded guilty to sex abuse charges

A former student of Western Mennonite School in Salem, Ore., has filed a lawsuit seeking $5.5 million in damages from the school and Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The student was...

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Lancaster Mennonite School acquires Hershey school

Total enrollment grows to 1,612

Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School acquired a nondenominational private school in late February, the fourth school to join the system since 2002. LMS superintendent Richard Thomas said the opportunity came as a...

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