Indiana pastor’s credentials under review by two conferences

Two Mennonite Church USA conferences will review the ministerial credentials of Karl Shelly, a pastor at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for two members of the...

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Visas one of MWC’s biggest hurdles

Thorough preparation aims to give everyone best possible chance of getting to U.S. next summer

Because visitors to the U.S. from the Southern Hemisphere often find it difficult to get visas, Mennonite World Conference is taking steps to try to keep the situation from limiting attendance at its global...

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USMB delegates approve peace article revision

Delegates at the U.S. Mennonite Brethren national convention in Santa Clara, Calif., voted July 26 to revise the article on “Love, Peacemaking and Reconciliation” in the denomination’s Confession of...

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MCC provides bedding in Gaza for 2,000 people

Through one of its longtime partners in Gaza, Mennonite Central Committee provided emergency bedding supplies to about 2,000 displaced people, or 150 households, in Gaza in late July. The $35,000 project included...

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Swiss castle envisioned as Anabaptist museum

Trachselwald Castle in Switz­erland, a medieval fortress with an important place in Anabaptist history, is up for sale. Swiss Mennonites are raising funds to preserve the castle as a museum honoring the memory of...

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Philippines typhoon recovery aims for lasting results

MCC provides building materials for 5,179 shelters

Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated communities in the Philippines last November, Mennonite Central Committee has been helping residents such as Virginia Pagatan restore what took only hours to destroy. Pagatan,...

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Goshen students witness hope in Palestine

GOSHEN, Ind. — When Sam Carlson walked to work in the morning, he stepped over hundreds of tear gas canisters, stun grenades and smoke bombs. Sometimes he could feel tear gas lingering in the air. Carlson, a...

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Japanese pastor moved by MB history program

WINNIPEG, Man. — As a pastor of a Mennonite Brethren church in Japan, Yoshio Fujii had limited knowledge of the church’s Anabaptist roots. To learn more about the church’s history and theology, he spent...

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Binational polity manual now available

‘A Shared Understanding of Church Leadership’ termed a ‘working document’

ELKHART, Ind. — A newly revised polity manual for leadership in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada has been released as a working document. The book, A Shared Understanding of Church Leadership:...

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Colombians support Korean CO

Justapaz group mobilizes prayer, letters for imprisoned conscientious objector

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — For Jenny Neme, director of Colombian Mennonite organization Justapaz (Just Peace), recent support for South Korean conscientious objector San-Ming Lee was a natural occurrence. It sprung, she...

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Safe space for all voices

Closed sessions help MC USA Executive Board make better decisions

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board in our last few meetings has held most of our deliberations in closed session, where members of the press are not allowed. This has caused some concern. I recommend Paul...

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Journey of discovery

Man and his library travel to Kansas seeking conversation, community

GOESSEL, Kan. — A traveler left Rocky Ford, Colo., this spring, seeking a destination in Kansas to complete a journey that has spanned nearly half a century. John Stiles parked his one-man caravan at...

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