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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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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Confession change aims to get MBs talking

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Larry Nikkel wants to start a conversation among Mennonite Brethren about peace and nonviolence that hasn’t happened in decades. Nikkel, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren...

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With a name and leaders, Evana group moves ahead

Evana Network will be the name of a new Anabaptist group of churches set to launch in September. Evana announced its name — a combination of “evangelical” and “Anabaptist” — along with a transitional...

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MC USA board sends ‘forbearance’ resolution to delegates

“Forbearance” is the key word of a resolution the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will send to convention delegates in July. Meeting April 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo., the board approved the resolution —...

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3,400 register for MWC so far

Part-time registration option is now available for global assembly in July

By mid-March, Mennonite World Conference assembly registrants totaled about 3,400 people from 66 countries. Registrants for the event July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., represent 18 African countries, 15 Asian...

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Writing conference goes west for a changed landscape

FRESNO, Calif. — A major aspect of the latest Mennonite/s Writing conference, which took place March 12-15 on the campus of Fresno Pacific University, was changed landscapes, both literal and...

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Tour gives choir member a chance to share his city

Steven Davis is learning a new way of life — and of singing — since coming to Goshen (Ind.) College last fall from New Orleans. With the beat of southern gospel in his blood, Davis is learning the more rigid...

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Labor, love connect faith communities

The power of Hurricane Katrina to ravage Gladier Dalton’s New Orleans church in 2005 was no match for the power of hammers and friendship to restore new hope. In 2014, College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind.,...

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Hesston expands nursing program to bachelor’s degree

College receives approval to offer program this fall

HESSTON, Kan. — Hesston College received approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing March 25 to launch a bachelor of science in nursing program starting with the 2015-16 year. The introduction of the program...

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Testimony: Sunday school shines

Teacher finds new children’s curriculum is the best ever

MennoMedia’s new Shine Sunday school curriculum for children is praiseworthy: easy to plan, easy to teach and committed to deep and simple truths that stick with me all week long. I commute 45 minutes to church,...

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Canadian MB response to same-sex wedding: it wasn’t us

Canadian Mennonite Brethren leaders needed to clear up confusion about whether their denomination was involved in a same-sex wedding. Responding to numerous inquiries, the leaders, Willy Reimer and Brian Cooper,...

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Opinion: Chasm between ‘plain’ and ‘liberal’

I attended parts of the Ana­baptist Identity Conference (“Conservative Anabaptists Reject Fundamentalism”). I had not been aware of these conferences, which have been occurring for some time. Such is the chasm...

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