Tiny house a big decision for Kansas couple

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it’s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in about 200 square feet of space that will include two lofts on...

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Care for elders crosses national, faith boundaries

Retirement community partners with first assisted-living center in Lebanon

Palm Village, a Mennonite Brethren retirement community in Reedley, Calif., is mentoring Lebanon’s first assisted-living center. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, said David Reimer, director of Palm...

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We should split — and unite

Those who divide need a ritual that reaches across differences of belief

I like diversity of points of view. I think it’s normal and valuable. I like that there are different religions and that within Christianity there are many denominations. We need each other, because none of us is...

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Ohio resolution proposes sanctioning Mountain States

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA is urging its member congregations to study the topic of sexuality in preparation for a special delegate session Aug. 9. The session will consider a resolution that was...

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Ecuador conference has peace in roots, branches

Colombian workers lived reconciliation in new churches

César Moya and Patricia Urueña didn’t come to Ecuador in 2000 primarily as church planters. But 14 years later, the couple leaves a new Ecuadorian Mennonite conference. Moya and Urueña emphasized a gospel of...

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Exchange feeds passion for helping children

Indonesian serves in Colombia with YAMEN!

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Within days of her arrival in Bogotá last August, Rut Arsari knew it would be difficult to leave. The people she would meet and the relationships she would develop would make it hard to say...

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EMU Kenyan students connect miles from home

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they...

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Author, editor, pastor dies at 85

John M. Drescher, a prolific author and well-known speaker, teacher, pastor and editor of Gospel Herald, died July 10 in Quakertown, Pa. He was 85. Drescher authored 37 books, including Why I Am a Conscientious...

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After ban lifted, same-sex couples wed at Germantown

After a federal judge ruled Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional May 20, Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia hosted two marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. Pastor Amy...

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Central District commits to unity, calls for respect

Mennonite Church USA’s Central District Conference has made a commitment to unity during fractious denominational times. Delegates unanimously approved “A Resolution on Unity in a Time of Disagreement” during...

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Police attack Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam

Security police assaulted a large group of pastors and theological students gathered in their church center at a provincial town just north of Ho Chi Minh City in June. The attack came on the eve of a renewal...

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Sacred fire to burn at Native Assembly

WINNIPEG, Man. — For thousands of years, Indigenous people from across Turtle Island regularly gathered where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet in Winnipeg. On July 28-31, North Americans from diverse cultures,...

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