Benin school celebrates 30 years

Benin Bible Institute, which Mennonites played a role in starting, recently celebrated 30 years of equipping more than 1,000 church leaders in 70 denominations. The theme for the Oct. 16-19 weekend, “Church and...

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Banners help Central Plains churches talk peace

Peace and justice group offers traveling art, worship materials to spark discussion

The Freeman (S.D.) Network for Justice and Peace is using art to help churches across Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA talk about peace. The group enlisted Michelle Hofer, artist in residence at...

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Ohio Conference loses more churches

Two more Ohio Conference congregations have voted to leave Mennonite Church USA over concerns about the direction of the denomination and some of its conferences. Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek, Ohio,...

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MC USA churches move in 2014

More Mennonite Church USA congregations have left the denomination or switched conferences so far in 2014 than in 2013, many citing concerns related to two conferences accepting gay or lesbian pastors. According to...

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MWC seeks vocalists for assembly ensemble

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is seeking vocalists to join the International Vocal Ensemble for the Pennsylvania 2015 assembly in July. The ensemble will lead congregational singing during the...

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Iowa steel wheels issues persist

An Old Order Mennonite group in Iowa is seeking meetings with Mitchell County officials to discuss the use of steel wheels as a lengthy legal ordeal returns to court. Members of the Groffdale Conference Old Order...

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EMU announces significant solar expansion

Phase II to have nearly five times more capacity

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand its...

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Units that will close served many communities

For 70 years, Mennonite Voluntary Service has provided ways for young adults to live out their faith. The following historical tributes are words of gratitude to the MVS units closing in July, and all of the people...

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Opinion: What is the Word of the Lord?

Scripture readers at my church, Sargent Avenue Mennonite in Winnipeg, Man., sometimes conclude with the exclamation, “the Word of the Lord.” The congregation often adds, “praise be to God.” This was not a...

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Opinion: Good news for the new year

Contrary to what we read and hear, the world is not going to hell in a hand­basket. When a book bearing the title Getting Better appeared, I viewed it with skepticism. “What is getting better?” I asked. “Who...

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108-year-old Burrton, Kan., congregation to close

BURRTON, Kan. — When Aoife Rose Compton was born Nov. 18 to Rachelle and Martin Compton, she was the last child to become part of Burrton Mennonite Church. After 108 years of ministry, the church will hold its...

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Unexpected call led to lifelong pastoral ministry

BURRTON, Kan. — In 1962, when Jim Dunn was a senior at Bethel College in North Newton, the local African Meth­odist Episcopal church invited him to be its pastor. A woman at the church had called Dunn looking...

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