Lancaster Conference nears decision on withdrawal

Bishops’ current proposal calls for leaving Mennonite Church USA by end of 2017

Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s Bishop Board will meet Oct. 23 to consider an updated proposal to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA, effective on or before Dec. 31, 2017. The proposal, given as a draft to...

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Europeans confront hard truths of Nazi era

Experiences and regrets, rarely spoken of for 70 years, are brought to light

MÜNSTER, Germany — In the city infamous as the site of an attempt to establish an Ana­bap­tist kingdom by force in 1535, more than 100 people participated in a conference on “Mennonites in the Era of...

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Theater addresses MC Canada sexuality conflict

Play written to take place in church sanctuaries reflects Mennonite story

Theatre of the Beat in Stouff­ville, Ont., is taking on same-sex sexuality and gender within Mennonite Church Canada in a new play written by artistic director Johnny Wideman. “We would hear, ‘Oh, if you guys...

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Tanzanians counter myths, stigma of albinism

At risk of violent attack and cancer, those with the condition just want to be treated like everyone else

CHITARE, Tanzania — In a Mennonite church packed with about 180 people, workshop facilitator Specioza Kifutu guided the crowd in voicing what they’ve heard about those living with albinism — an inherited...

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Hopi school dispute takes a legal turn

MC USA files complaint, seeking financial records from Arizona school board

An impasse over finances, transparency, authority and land ownership between Hopi Mission School and Mennonite Church USA is moving from conversations to courtrooms. On Sept. 14, MC USA filed a complaint with...

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The pope’s arrival and the only Mennonite in the room

WASHINGTON — I’m sure I was the only Mennonite there. It was a cool, clear morning, with stars visible even through the urban twilight, as I cruised the six-mile bicycle ride from northeast Washington to...

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Kenya church planters are trained to multiply

The Holy Spirit is the ultimate teacher

NAIROBI, Kenya — Multiplication — one of three Eastern Mennonite Missions core values — was at the heart of a training on “simple church” concepts and disciple-making movements July 13-23. Simple churches...

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Opinion: Jude’s warnings come true

As apostasy deepens, God will purify the church and call a faithful remnant

“Read the Book of Jude.” That was the message I received nearly nine months ago in a prophetic dream about Mennonite Church Canada’s first same-sex wedding. I have been focused in study and prayer concerning...

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Flood, robbery bring S.D. churches together

A flood and a robbery brought two Mennonite Breth­ren congregations in Sioux Falls, S.D., closer in late August. An Aug. 27 storm flooded Christ Community Church with 3 to 5 inches of water, the U.S. Mennonite...

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Deceased Canadian pastor is accused of sexual misconduct

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada announced an allegation of sexual and ethical misconduct by a pastor who died 21 years ago. On Aug. 30, three Ontario congregations formerly served by Vernon Leis, the pastor named...

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EMU, Goshen leave Christian college association

Two Mennonite colleges have withdrawn from a Christian college association to avoid causing division over their openness to hiring married gay and lesbian faculty. The presidents of Goshen (Ind.) College and...

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MC USA board discusses resolutions’ implications

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board on Sept. 17-19 discussed the implications of resolutions passed at the denomination’s convention this summer. Board members emphasized that two...

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Opening a window of hope amid Syrian war

Roseangela Jarjour talks daily with pastors in Syria working for peace and providing a reason for Syrians who stay to hope, even as they hear bombs drop around them. “The priority is really to bring peace into...

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MCC aid gives Syrians reason to stay

As other sources of aid shrink, assistance is critical for those who aren’t joining the movement to Europe

Mennonite Central Committee is appealing for more funds to help meet basic human needs of Syrians who want to stay near their homes as large numbers leave the Middle East. For four years, the war in Syria has...

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Ministry born out of Katrina

MCC volunteer still serves Vietnamese community in Alabama 10 years after storm

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. — Thi Nguyen was attending a Vietnamese Mennonite church in Philadelphia when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. He wanted to help and was invited to travel to Bayou La Batre as a service...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Iraqis fleeing Islamic State, Syrians affected by war receive rent assistance, household supplies

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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