Stories of reawakened hope fill MDS annual meeting

Thousands of workers tackled jobs in almost 20 communities in U.S., Canada

HARTVILLE, Ohio — Close to 300 volunteers, staff and donors came together to celebrate the work of Mennonite Disaster Service during the MDS All-Unit annual meeting Feb. 13-14 at Hart­ville Mennonite Church. A...

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Bethel student ponders lessons of military service, college

Veteran reflects on strategies for solving conflicts

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — With American Sniper nominated for multiple Academy awards and Eddie Ray Routh standing trial for murder, one Bethel College senior has been thinking a lot about Chris Kyle lately. Kyle was a...

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Neckties make global ties for MWC

Volunteers sew donated ties into bags for Mennonite World Conference assembly

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is making the concept of “global ties” literal. Each of the thousands of Anabaptists from around the world arriving in Harrisburg in July for the MWC assembly will...

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Translation project completes Scripture for Qom

Argentine ethnic group reclaims cultural identity in a Christian context

In Fortín Lavalle, Argentina, 200 people celebrated the arrival of the first complete Bibles in the Qom language Dec. 13. Qom is the original name of the Chaco’s Toba indigenous people — a name they are...

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Gay advocacy group gets $150,000 grant

The Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests announced Feb. 12 that it has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to assist in creating an online Center for Queer...

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Opinion: Mistakes, regrets, lessons

John Howard Yoder’s life is not the ultimate test of his theology

When the controversy about John Howard Yoder’s sexual conduct resurfaced in 2013, I was mystified. Why was this coming up again? He’s been dead since 1997. He hasn’t been in the employment of a Mennonite...

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Supporting the undocumented, hospitality flows two ways

Indiana group visits Georgia and Guatemala; Illinois church posts bond for imprisoned immigrants

One day can change a life. A one-day learning trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 made a big impact on the lives of youth from Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., and extended to the rest of the...

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Filmmaker explores humor in Low German culture

There’s a stereotype floating around that filmmaker Orlando Braun doesn’t like. The stiff Mennonite farmer who traded his sense of a humor for a new seed company hat just isn’t true, and Braun wants to prove...

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Spanish education opens doors

Demand is growing but funding is tight for Anabaptist Biblical Institute’s grassroots leadership training program

Many of the 17 recent graduates of Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (Anabaptist Biblical Institute) shed tears as they gave graduation-day testimonies. It was an emotional moment, said IBA director Rafael Barahona,...

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Canned meat provides drought relief

30,000 people volunteer with MCC’s mobile meat canner

Central America faced its worst drought in 40 years last summer when an El Niño weather pattern hit. The dry spell affected the first growing season between May and August, causing widespread crop loss. To help...

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EMM workers return to West Africa after Ebola crisis

Staff consult with locals, continue to assess situation

SALUNGA, Pa. — Four and a half months after leaving West Africa because of safety concerns connected to the Ebola crisis, a team of workers from Eastern Mennonite Missions is returning to their assignments. On...

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Race, power and diversity

MC USA people of color discuss how power works and can be shared

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Understanding how power works in Mennonite institutions was the theme of “Hope for the Future IV” Jan. 23-24 at Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvación. The event gathers people of color in...

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Opinion: An army of peacemakers

Time is ripe for a massive expansion of nonviolent efforts to end injustice

Why not quadruple the size of Christian Peacemaker Teams? Actually, I’d like to see CPT increase a hundredfold. And there are reasons to think the time is right. Over the last several decades, there have been...

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Discrimination complaint settled

A Mennonite couple in Iowa who declined to host a gay wedding at their business have reached a settlement to dismiss discrimination litigation. To avoid further controversy, they will no longer pursue business...

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100,000,000 books sold

Choice Books hits milestone selling Christian books in supermarkets, drug stores

When Choice Books added contact information to its books, sold on small stands in stores across the country, letters began pouring in. Simon Schrock, executive director of the largest distributor of Choice Books,...

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MCC flooding response unites former enemies

Bosnia and Herzegovina work bridges historic divides

When Cornelius and Shauna Frantz of Pittsburgh came to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013, they expected to work with people who had experienced trauma during the country’s 1990s civil war. They didn’t...

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