Board’s resolution ‘tests’ Membership Guidelines

Announcing a new resolution for delegates May 4, the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board says it is “testing the status” of the denomination’s Membership Guidelines. The resolution asks delegates at the June...

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Small Canadian conference puts ‘Christian’ first

Chortitzer Mennonite Conference changes its name

The Chortitzer Mennonite Conference, with 10 congregations in western Canada, has chosen a simpler name. At their annual meeting in Steinbach, Man., on April 18, delegates voted to be called Christian Mennonite...

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EMU president announces retirement

Swartzendruber to step down in June 2016

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University President Loren E. Swartzendruber announced April 30 that he plans to retire June 30, 2016. The date will mark 13 years of leadership as the university’s eighth...

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MCC responds with food, shelter, supplies in Nepal

Mennonite Central Committee will begin its Nepal earthquake response by working with a local organization in the remote, eastern area of the country, providing food and other essential items to affected...

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MWC visa problems fewer than feared

People who need visas to attend the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-26 have encountered fewer problems than expected. For more than a year, a Visa Task Force has been preparing for...

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It’s time for a new hymnal

MennoMedia announces song collection for 2020

The time is near for the next generation’s hymnal. Scheduled for release in 2020, it will be more than a printed book. Representatives from MennoMedia, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA laid the...

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East Africans strengthen training for rural pastors

Jesus is the model; Bible is the textbook; discussion is the method

MWANZA, Tanzania — Mennonite bishops in Tanzania and Kenya are striving to meet the need for local, affordable training for village pastors. They are working with Eastern Mennonite Missions workers Joe and Gloria...

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Opinion: Being pro-Jesus on Israel-Palestine

There is a growing concern among evangelical Christians for the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Prominent leaders such as Lynn Hybels of Willow Creek Church and Gary Burge of Wheaton College are visiting the Holy...

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Opinion: Don’t break up the body

Church is our laboratory for learning to love, even when we disagree

About 40 Franconia Mennonite Conference leaders gathered March 14 to discuss the Mennonite Church USA survey of credentialed leaders on issues related to people in same-gender relationships. We learned that the...

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Year after girls’ abduction, Nigerians’ hearts still ache

The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria continues to mourn the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls — and members’ loss of life and property — a year after the kidnapping. On April 14, 2014, the Islamist...

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Family a campus presence through generations

HILLSBORO, Kan. — According to the registrar, Tabor College has graduated 106 students with the last name of Friesen. Of those, 25 come from one family. The patriarch, Jacob Wall Friesen, was born Dec. 14, 1883,...

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Memoir recalls a legacy of faith, public service

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Ernest L. Boyer was an instrumental figure not only in Messiah College history but also in the progress of education in the United States. His wife, Kathryn T. Boyer, detailed their lives of...

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Students intern with anti-trafficking program

Pair assist at The Well, a center for exploited women

ROSEDALE, Ohio — When Karissa Brenneman and Taylor Herr arrived at Rosedale Bible College as students last year, they didn’t know that in 2015 they would be driving the streets of Columbus in a van, seeking out...

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Century of football yields stories of tapped potential

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Sheldon Nunnally would likely never have come to Bethel College if it weren’t for the chance to play football. The senior, who transferred to Bethel as a junior from Compton (Calif.)...

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Indiana-Michigan cites Goshen pastor’s ‘variance’ for same-sex ceremony

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference has identified a Goshen, Ind., pastor as at variance with its teaching position for officiating a same-sex covenant ceremony. The pastor, Karl Shelly of Assembly Mennonite...

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Goshen, Ind., confronts its sundown town past

Hidden racism once was common, but Goshen may be the first city to formally acknowledge it

When Dan Shenk began researching the sundown town history of his city, Goshen, Ind., he was surprised how much information he found. He read about it in sociologist James Loewen’s book, Sundown Towns: A Hidden...

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