Colorado church becomes a haven for the homeless

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship’s sanctuary is just that for the community’s homeless. The city has 150,000 people yet only two homeless shelters. Its homeless population is twice as...

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Opinion: Schrag saw story behind the story

The day before he died, my father, Robert M. Schrag, listened as I read his obituary. I pulled up a chair by the recliner in his living room, where once he had read to me and my siblings the tales of Robin Hood and...

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Opinion: Loss of the agrarian church leaves denomination poorer

As a rich source of wisdom and tradition declines or departs, the dominant urban church may someday regret its lack of concern over what is being lost

This summer I made a road trip with a former Northern District Conference minister. We visited the sites of 10 rural churches in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, all formerly affiliated with the General...

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Goshen student sings to heal trauma, promote peace

GOSHEN, Ind. — Galed Krisjayanta, a third-year music student at Goshen College, released his first album at the age of 10. Cassettes, CDs, DVDs and even karaoke versions of him singing traditional Indonesian folk...

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Bethel MLK speaker calls for changing unjust systems

MCC Central States director says to choose 'a life that matters'

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Throughout her presentation at Bethel College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, Michelle Armster would pause to call out several names. “Sandra Bland. Renisha McBride. Shantel...

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New England selects Indiana soccer player in MLS draft

Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a former soccer standout at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, Ind., and former Indiana player of the year, is taking his game to the professional level. He was picked by the New...

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Schrag led MWR’s unity-building ministry

NEWTON, Kan. — Robert M. Schrag, editor of Mennonite Weekly Review for 27 years during a half-century career with the newspaper, died Jan. 26 at his home. He was 81. From 1960 to 2011, Schrag helped to shape...

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Love urged for Muslim neighbors

Mission consultant encourages caring, clarity about Christian commitment

MORTON, Ill. — About 60 people gathered Jan. 24 at First Mennonite Church to learn about their Muslim neighbors from Eastern Mennonite Missions Christian/Muslim relations consultant Jona­than Bornman of...

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Lancaster’s distancing shrinks roll

A few churches want to stay with MC USA; others are dropped from denomination's membership number

Mennonite Church USA membership has decreased about 17 percent over the past year, and a large part of the drop is due to updated reporting of Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregational involvement in the...

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Kratz reflects on long road to the top of his game

GOSHEN, Ind. — Inside Goshen College’s athletics building, metal­lic “pings” pricked the air as bat-wielding kids hit — and missed — balls thrown by Goshen baseball players. Murmurs of conversation...

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More drawn to sharing cost of health care

Health-care sharing has become an attractive option for many people since the Affordable Care Act came into effect in the U.S., but it’s an arrangement many conservative Anabaptists have had long before. Whether...

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Goshen professor earns Indiana’s highest civil rights award

GOSHEN, Ind. — Regina Shands Stoltzfus, assistant professor of peace, justice and conflict studies at Goshen College, has been awarded the Spirit of Justice Award by the State of Indiana Civil Rights...

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Following Jesus leads to finding refuge in Spain

After worshiping secretly in Iran, their life now is a 'new experience of freedom'

Koroush and his mother, Maryam — refugees from Iran now living in Spain — lost everything but believe they have what they need with Jesus. “I saw the Jesus miracles with my own eyes,” Koroush said. (To...

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Comments at sexuality study conference prompt an apology from MB leadership

A study conference on human sexuality held last fall by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was intended to reinforce the denomination’s Confession of Faith, yet conversations and questions led...

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MC Canada: respectfully recognize differences

Delegates will be asked to affirm Confession of Faith, allow testing of other views

Members and congregations of Mennonite Church Canada may be on the verge of getting more deliberate about respecting each other when they disagree. The denomination’s Being a Faithful Church task force has...

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Hispanic leader De Leon worked for justice

María Magdalena De Leon, antiracism worker, pastor and leader of Mennonite institutions, died Dec. 25. She was 71. Felipe Hinojosa writes in The Mennonite that she was well-respected in her hometown of Mathis,...

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